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he Foundation of the PennsylSisters Carla and Elena decided to create obstetrician-gynecologist from New York,
vania Medical Society Executive a lasting tribute in honor of their parents graduating from Marquette School of
Director Heather Wilson, who were physicians in Allentown. "Working Medicine. Though her parents' families were
CFRE, says, "We are inspired with staff at the Foundation, we established of little means, they sought better lives for
every day by our scholarship winners and the scholarship in their memory. We ac- their children.
the success they find in this profession that complished two goals by creating a lasting
The latest winner, Lucas T. Wittman, of
ultimately helps humankind. Throughout remembrance of our parents and their
attends Harvard Medical School,
2017, we will be featuring their stories and achievements, and returning something to
said that his appreciation for
their advice to current medical students on the profession our parents loved," says Elena.
desire to practice medicine
our website. We could not have initiated
communities has stemmed
these kinds of program without visionary
Elena says her parents were a dynamic
upbringing as the
donors like Elena Pascal and Carla Vigi- duo who practiced medicine together in
lante. They established the $1,000 Myrtle the Lehigh Valley. Her mother was a genseven.
part by my
Siegfried, MD, and Michael Vigilante, MD, eral practitioner raised on a farm in Stony
Scholarship through the Foundation to help Run, graduating youngest in her class
students in their local community."
from The George Washington University
School of Medicine. Her father was an years seeking to better understand some of
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