Past Beneficiaries

2015 Steve Popson

The Popson Family was nominated as our 2015 Inspirational Family. At a young age, Steve had sudden congestive heart failure, which is attributed, in part, to energy drink consumption. Through his ordeal, Steve wanted to alert others of the extreme danger that can be caused by energy drinks. Steve’s condition took away his ability to continue working as a landscaper, and for a time, his wife had to stay home to look after him. The Cranberry CUP community jumped in to support Steve and his family of five in their time of financial stress to help them get back on their feet.

2014 Jason Koliscak

The Jason Koliscak Family of Cranberry Township was the 2014 Inspirational Family. In 2005, at age 29, Jason was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (chronic liver disease), which eventually resulted in his developing Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). In patients with PSC, the bile ducts become blocked due to inflammation and scarring. This causes bile to accumulate in the liver, where it gradually damages liver cells and causes cirrhosis. PSC may also lead to bile duct cancer, which is what happened in Jason's case. In April 2014, Jason underwent surgery. Doctors found the cancer had spread to both bile ducts that reside in the liver, which is not removable. After further workup and contacting the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and Washington University Hospital (St. Louis, MO), it was determined that he was also not a candidate for liver transplantation. Jason completed chemotherapy as a means to extend time with his family. Jason passed away in July 2016.

2013 Kim Long

The Kim Long family of Cranberry Township was the 2013 CUP Inspirational Family. Kim Long, a Cranberry native, Seneca Valley graduate and single parent of three was being treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She underwent six cycles of chemotherapy through February of 2013, when it was determined that she would need daily radiation therapy for five weeks. She then went through another six cycles of chemotherapy. Kim is currently scheduled for a stem cell transplant in mid-2014.

2012 Cheyannia Marburger

Cheyannia Marburger of Evans City was the CUP beneficiary in 2012. At age 7, Cheyannia was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor. Chey passed away in September 2012 at age 8. Chey is remembered for her smiles and happiness during the Opening Ceremony where she was crowned Little Miss Cranberry CUP by Miss Pittsburgh 2011, Stephanie Scarci. Chey was thrilled at the Kick-off party where she was greeted and accompanied by three Disney princesses during the evening's festivities. In 2012, the CUP was able to help five Seneca Valley families during the holidays.

2011 Shawn O'Donnell & Family

Cranberry resident Shawn O'Donnell, his wife Tina, and their children Nathan, Alex, Brayden, and Mia served as the Inspirational Family. Shawn was a former Social Studies teacher at Keystone Oaks and a driving education instructor for Seneca Valley School District. Sadly, Shawn passed away in November 2011 after his battle with colon cancer. More than $135,000 was raised. We also donated $1,000 each worth of gifts to five families in need from Seneca Valley School District during the holidays.

2010 Camryn Surman

The Surman Family, Eric, Laura, Aiden, Gavin and Camryn, was selected as the Inspirational Family. More than $125,000 was raised during our events. We also donated $1,000 each worth of gifts to six families in need from Seneca Valley School District during the holidays. During 2010, we also established two scholarships for high school seniors – one for volunteerism and the other in honor of Megan O'Shea Durst for work with children with disabilities.

2009 Jimmy Barbarino

A Decade of Giving! More than $115,000 was raised to benefit the Jimmy Barbarino family. Additionally, due to the long-standing success of the CUP, additional funds were available to provide financial assistance and emotional support to other families within our community during the holidays.

2008 Emil Steinmetz

Thirty-nine foursomes (156 participants) competed in the Golf Outing. Approximately 450 people attended the Kick-off Party. Thirty-six neighborhood teams from Cranberry Township along with twenty-four business teams, representing more than 1,000 participants and over 20,000 residents, competed in the softball tournament. The Opening Ceremony was attended by more than 2,000 people. The 2008 events raised more than $115,000 and the Cranberry CUP was able to provide financial assistance and emotional support to families within our community, including Emil Steinmetz while he awaited a heart transplant.

2007 Bob Geibel

For the first time, the Cranberry CUP acquired sponsors for all three major components of the CUP weekend – the Golf Classic, Kick-Off Party and Softball Tournament. In addition, the CUP expanded its geographic boundary to include potential beneficiaries from within the entire Seneca Valley School District. More than $115,000 was raised. The primary beneficiary was the Robert (Bob) Giebel family of Harmony. Bob, who is unable to work because he has multiple sclerosis, lost his wife to cardiac arrest in February 2007. CUP proceeds helped Bob pay off his mortgage and replace a structurally unsafe garage.

2006 Sherri Maybee

The Cranberry CUP raised more than $140,000, including a $40,000 donation from the Rick Restelli Cancer & Heart Foundation, to help the Sherri and Doug Maybee family and seven other local families. Sherri has medical conditions that prevent her from working. The CUP was able to purchase a new home for the family.

2005 Isabella Christenson & Dakota Dore

The CUP held the first Golf Classic. Twenty-three neighborhoods and 13 business teams competed in the Classic. The CUP raised $75,000 for medical costs for 7-year- old Isabella Christenson and 9-year-old Dakota Dore.

2004 Alex Poust

Thirty-six neighborhoods and 12 business/government teams raised $55,000 for 15-year-old Alex Poust. Alex passed away before he was well enough to travel to Texas for a bone marrow transplant.

2003 Kayla Sansone

Thirty neighborhoods and 12 business/government teams raised $40,000 to offset medical costs for Kayla Sansone. The 13-year-old cancer patient passed away three months later in November.

2002 Bob Newton

Local businesses and government agencies entered teams in the Softball Tournament for the first time. Twenty-three neighborhood and four business/government teams raised $23,500 for Pennsylvania State Trooper Bob Newton, who was suffering from a rare form of cancer.

2001 JoEllen Maughan-Evanson

Fourteen neighborhoods raised $14,000 for the Children of JoEllen Maughn-Evanson Scholarship Fund. JoEllen was the first female police officer in Cranberry Township who passed away after a long battle with cancer. The event featured the addition of the Kick-Off Party.

 

2000 American Cancer Society

Seven neighborhoods competed in the first Cranberry CUP Softball Tournament to raise $3,800 for the American Cancer Society.

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