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Susquehanna Life Launched To Reach Goal

Aug 08, 2017 02:44PM ● By Erica Shames
The push to raise the last half of the $25,000 needed to make the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund self-perpetuating has begun.

Erica Shames, with help from former intern and Around the River editor Chelsea Ritter, has created a Web site to assist with fundraising, complete with information on who is Mike Baker; what is the Michael P Baker Community Impact Fund; news articles about the fund; and Susquehanna Life magazine advertising and subscription incentives to encourage businesses and individuals to donate money to help reach the fundraising goal.  

Shames, publisher of Susquehanna Life magazine, started The Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund in 2013 as the Michael Baker Medical Fund to help with medical expenses for Mike Baker (59), a Lewisburg, PA, chiropractor without health insurance, who was stricken with inoperable brain cancer in December 2013.

Baker passed away three months later, and the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund was born. The goal is to help people in the communities Baker served cope with catastrophic illness or events. ​ 

Michael P. Baker touched many lives, but would tell people that they touched him more, and that he is profoundly grateful to all who crossed his path during his lifetime. He will be missed, but not forgotten in the memories of the countless people who knew and loved him. And, through this fund, administered by the First Community Foundation of PA, Mike's generous spirit will live on.  

Each year, $1000 is distributed by the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, through the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Favors Forward Foundation, to families coping with catastrophic illness or circumstance.

Shames, and her fundraising team comprised of community members and Mike's family and friends, is committed to raising the $25,000 needed to make the fund self-sustaining, in perpetuity. 

You can help by visiting and clicking on the Donate Now button to view suggested giving levels and corresponding ​Susquehanna Life magazine advertising and subscription perks for you, your business or your organization.

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