SCOTT TWP. - The Second Annual "Heeling with Every Step!" wine tasting fundraiser at Maiolatesi Winery, Scott Township will be held Sept. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research.
"Pancreatic cancer is very low –funded, research wise," Shelly Swan said. "Our mom (Gloria) passed away very quickly in just three and a half weeks. Even though our contribution is very small, we wanted to do something so another family doesn't have to go though what we went through."
"Heeling with Every Step!" The Gloria Swan Pancreatic Center Foundation, a non-profit 501 c3 organization, was started three years ago by Kathy Swan Bossi, Stacia Swan, Mike Swan and Shelly Swan, the children of Gloria Swan, who died at 49. Kathy Swan Bossi and Shelly Swan live in South Abington Twp. while Mike and Stacia reside in Chicago, where the family originated. Kathy Swan Bossi is a Reading Specialist at Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center.
All net proceeds from the event will benefit the Sol Golman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased at www.heelingwitheverystep.com. Donations can also be made on that website.
Event admission will include wine tasting, appetizers and desserts. In addition, there will be basket raffles with goods donated by the community, along with music provided by a DJ.
The children decided to name the foundation in honor of their mother's favorite footwear.
"One thing about our mother was that she always wore high heels,"Shelly Swan said. "It didn't matter if she was moving or lounging on the couch. If you asked someone who knew her, they would know she was a high -heel type of person.
"We came up with the name as a way to bring her trademark into the organization. We thought it would be a nice gesture."
Last year, 60 people attended. They are hoping for a bigger turnout this time around.
"Even if we get 61 people, we will have done better," she said. "Our main goal is awareness."
Although the event is geared toward having a good time, it is also educational. "We make the event fun, but there will also be information about pancreatic cancer for anyone interested," she said.