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Five Rocking Horses

St. Luke's Receives Five Rocking Horses From Local Eagle Scout

Pat Bower, Vice President of Development at
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network, and Chad
Danner proudly display a wooden rocking
horse donated by Chad as part of his Eagle
Scout Award project.

Bethlehem, PA (2-17-11) - Chad Danner, a Wilson Area High School junior and member of Williams Township Boy Scout Troop 31, recently built and donated five rocking horses to St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network. Several of the horses will be used in hospital playrooms, while others will be given to sick children that have received care at St. Luke’s.  Chad is building a total of 45 rocking horses for local hospitals to complete the requirements for his Eagle Scout Award.

Chad’s father, John, was involved in scouting since Chad joined the Cub Scouts and was the owner of John Danner Construction Company.  The father and son worked on woodworking projects together until John died of cancer in 2006 when Chad was ten.

Chad feels that continuing the woodworking tradition as part of his scouting project honors his dad, as well as providing young patients and families some joy and diversion during a hospital stay.

“We are so pleased to accept these gifts in honor of John Danner,” said Pat Bower, St. Luke’s VP of Development.  “The gift itself is so thoughtful and generous, but knowing the intent behind the hard work and dedication that goes into each rocking horse provides even more meaning to Chad’s contribution.”