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Who: Robin Mang Stinnard never shies away from hard work. The 51-year-old Vandling resident and wife to Eric Stinnard helps with her husband’s business, Dante’s Deli in Childs, and worked for Adams Cable Service for more than a decade. The longtime volunteer has given countless hours of time and effort to numerous community programs, including serving as a coach for the Greater Carbondale Miss C Softball League. Over the last two years, the mom of four (Russ, Brittany, Madison and McKenzie Mang) and stepmom of three (Matthew, Aniesa and the late Fred Stinnard) also attended school to become a licensed practical nurse, showing no signs of stopping despite a devastating diagnosis of Stage II breast cancer in February.

What: Donations can be made payable to Robin Mang Stinnard and sent to 12 Green St., Carbondale, PA 18407 or sent to Community Bank, 67 Salem Ave., Carbondale, PA 18407 under the name “Robin Allyce Stinnard Benefit” and using the tax identifier EIN 84-3190223. Friends also have organized a benefit called Robin’s Rack Fights Back, which will feature a cash bar, a $10 pasta dinner (which includes rigatoni, meatballs, salad and a roll), numerous raffles that include items such as gift certificates and a wheelbarrow of cheer, 50/50 drawings, a T-shirt sale and entertainment by Static in the Attic. To donate to the event, contact Brittany Caffrey at 570-903-1454 or

When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 to 6 p.m.

Where: The Stonehouse, 23 Fallbrook Road, Carbondale

Why: Proceeds will be used to ease the financial burden of Stinnard’s treatment, which included a double mastectomy in August and chemotherapy followed by radiation this fall.

In her own words: “You can be a victim of cancer or a survivor of cancer. With support from not only my friends and family but the community as well, it will help motivate me to not only survive but thrive.” — Robin Mang Stinnard



Update: More than 4,000 supporters attended Do It for Dougher, a benefit held Saturday for Dunmore’s Pat Dougher, who is awaiting a bilateral lung transplant. Dougher said he was overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of people in our area, and is truly grateful for everyone who attended or donated. Donations still can be made at