2014 Awardee

Maria McCool honored with the Donald F. Parsons, Sr. SHiNING Star Award

Maria McCool - SHINE - Chester County Hospital FoundationEach year at the SHiNE Gala, we honor a community member who has made a significant impact in our community for patients living with cancer. SHiNE would not be possible without the generosity, loyalty, determination, optimism and respect for life modeled by Donald F. Parsons, Sr. and carried on through three generations of the Parsons family. In his honor, we present the award this year to Maria McCool. 

Maria McCool was a founding member and constant supporter of SHiNE. She has developed our Additions Program to provided patients with a day of beauty and wig fitted and styled to make each patient feel and look like themselves again. We are proud to recognize Maria for her kindness, creativity and generosity and for the impact she has on cancer care in our community on a daily basis.



2013 Awardee

First Annual Donald F. Parsons, Sr. Shining Star Award

Donald F. Parsons, Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth

In 2013, SHiNE was able to give 551 patients living with cancer an advantage in their battle by providing critical patient services - Patient Organizer, Care Coordinator, Prescription Assistance, Physical Therapy, Transportation, Nutrition, Support Groups, Living with Cancer Fund (Utilities and Rent) and Massage Therapy.

Additionally, we launched two new support programs - Fitness Programs to help patients rebuild strength and our Wig Program so patients can look and feel like themselves. We now proudly offer the most comprehensive portfolio of patient services for people living with cancer in the Philadelphia area. It's an amazing accomplishment that has been years in the making.

Throughout all of those years, the support from Communications Test Design, Inc. and the Parsons Family has been constant. In the beginning they believed in the concept of helping the patient confront their challenges with dignity, determination and hope. And, over the years, their support helped us grow and find ways to improve the patient's experience and patients' outcomes in concrete measurable ways.

Each year at the SHiNE gala, we honor a community member who has made a significant impact in our community for patients living with cancer. SHiNE would not be possible without the generosity, loyalty, determination, optimism and respect for life modeled by Donald F. Parsons, Sr. and carried on through three generations of the Parsons family. In his honor, we are renaming the award the Donald F. Parsons, Sr. Shining Star Award. It is only fitting that the first award in his name goes to his greatest legacy - his family.