The Catherine Boulay Foundation was founded in 2007 by Dr. Richard (Rick) Boulay and his wife, Julie Bolton, in honor of Rick’s grandmother, Catherine, who passed away from cancer when he was young.
As a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, the foundation’s mission is to support the journey through cancer…and beyond. The cancer journey is not limited to patients, but one that caregivers and families must make as well.
When people think of cancer, they tend to focus on the diagnosis and treatment; but the journey is so much more than that. While early detection, prevention, and treatment are important, cancer survivors face numerous physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and financial issues well past diagnosis and treatment. A primary goal of the Catherine Boulay Foundation and this Web site is to address those issues for patients, caregivers, and families.
We believe that, collectively, we have the means to prevent cancers through education, increase cure rate through research, and most importantly improve the quality of life of those with cancer and their families by sharing love, kindness, support, and wisdom from those who have traveled this journey before.
Richard Boulay, MD
Richard M. Boulay, MD, is a board certified gynecologic oncologist specializing in the care of women with pelvic malignancies. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and graduated Cum Laude with acceptance into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Postgraduate education included a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at the Penn State College of Medicine.
Professional honors have included CREOG National Teaching Awards, Felix Rutledge Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Berlex Faculty Development Course. His publications can be found in the New England Journal of Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, and Clinics of North America.
Dr. Boulay currently holds the position of Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In addition to a busy clinical service, he is Primary Investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group research consortium at Lehigh Valley Hospital, co-chairs the Institutional Review Board at Lehigh Valley Hospital, and serves on the Board of Governors for the Lehigh Valley Physician’s Group as well as regional boards of the American Cancer Society and the Wellness Community.
“I cherish the many gifts I have been fortunate to receive during my short lifetime on this planet. Blessed with the gift of curiosity, I am a constant learner and seeker of hidden connections and meanings. In my work life, this translates into a board certification in Gynecologic Oncology, always trying to improve the quality of my patient’s lives through research, education, and clinical practice. At home, my restless brain leads me into continuous challenges of furniture making, classical singing, skiing, sailing, and history.
I find refuge from a chaotic world in important relationships of past and present. The courage of my patients who battle cancer daily inspires me to keep going even when there seems to be no more hope left. I find optimism in the memory of my Grandmaman, who never searched for words of encouragement. A trusted high school teacher’s mantra, “It’s all ahead of you, dear” is still true even at age 45 and probably will be at age 75. My wife, as constant as the north star, is always there, ever doing, consistently dependable, grounds my frenzied work life. And the unconditional love of my daughters stops the world cold to search for constellations and share the tickle of butterfly kisses.”
Nancy has been a travel counselor for the past twenty eight years. She loves her job and, because of it, she has had the opportunity to travel to many exotic places and meet all types of wonderful people. Before that, she was 25 years in retail sales and was a manager. She attended Penn State University for Chemical Engineering and Lehigh Community College for Travel and Tourism.
She was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2008 and went through radiation treatments. This October, she will be cancer free 8 years. In 2009, she started to volunteer with the Catherine Boulay Foundation and is now currently the vice president.
During her cancer journey and after, she felt like she wanted to give back since during her journey she was blessed with so many family and friends getting her through this traumatic experience. Having cancer also strengthened her faith. She loves working for the foundation, working with Dr. Boulay and everyone who works for the CBF, plus meeting wonderful people.
In 2015, Nancy had gastric sleeve surgery because she had an obesity problem and after cancer, ended up several times with cellulitis and lymphedema due to the removal of lymph nodes. Since the surgery, she has lost 210 pounds. Nancy volunteers with LVGH in the weight loss department and some other areas within the hospital. Nancy is very active in her church and is a member of the church board. After getting through this second journey, Nancy created a program for her community and other areas called Getting Healthy with God. Various speakers, LVGH Hospital, Blue Mountain Health Systems, exercise programs and many other health organizations have joined her. The response has been overwhelming and the program is free to everyone. The program has some scripture and the rest of the time is spent with a health topic.
After going through two major journeys in life, Nancy feels so blessed to be able to give back and help other people. In her spare time, she likes watching movies, enjoys traveling and has had a recent offer to write a book. Cancer is a terrible disease, as is obesity, but Nancy looks at both these terrible things that happened to her as a blessing because she now truly appreciates life and enjoys each day to the fullest. Having both journeys has opened so many new opportunities for Nancy. It has truly been a blessing in her life.
Beatrice Christoff is a retired 28-year PPL employee who was a Rates & Market Research secretary and also a computer analyst in the Information Technology Department.
Her uterine cancer was diagnosed in 2003. She is a 13-year survivor. She has been involved in the Catherine Boulay Foundation since 2008 and is currently the CBF Secretary. She is involved with CBF because she was looking for a way to maintain her computer skills after retirement. However, the experience turned out to be so much more – a combination of meeting great people, staying connected with other cancer survivors and helping others. Her faith has helped her through this incredible journey. What else is there!
Beatrice is very crafty. Her hobbies include sewing, crocheting, card making, jewelry making and playing the piano. She sews chemo turbans for cancer patients. The turbans have been sent all over the United States and even to England. She loves creating something out of nothing. She finds entering contests very challenging and succeeds at winning blue ribbons at the Allentown Fair. Her ideas are overflowing. She currently resides in the Northampton area with her husband, Stan, and travels when they have a chance. She has two grown children and three grandsons.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”-Ernest Hemingway
Adele earned a BS degree in Business and Information Systems from Bloomsburg University and an MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. During a 29-year career at Air Products, Adele held various managerial positions, primarily in the Global IT organization. She managed global teams that delivered IT solutions in the areas of Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Knowledge Management. She specialized in Relationship Management and delivering global projects. She also has experience in managing projects in the financial, hazardous materials, manufacturing, customer service, distribution, marketing and the sales areas.
Since her retirement in 2009, Adele has joined several non-profit organizations. She has a passion for animals and currently volunteers for six animal response and animal rescue organizations. She serves as an officer for both the County Animal Response Team, CART, and Equi-librium. The CART team is an all volunteer team that responds to any animal-related emergencies located in the Lehigh and Northampton counties. Equi-librium uses horses as therapy for children and adults with special needs.
Adele is also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, CERT. This volunteer team serves the local communities for disaster related incidents.
Adele is currently the Treasurer for the Catherine Boulay Foundation. She became involved in this organization after she underwent surgery and chemotherapy for her diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer. In the Fall of 2016, she will be an 8-year cancer survivor. Since the diagnosis, Adele has gotten involved in mentoring cancer patients and working with the Catherine Boulay Foundation to raise money for local cancer organizations. The Catherine Boulay Foundation has reached out to help so many in the Lehigh Valley. Adele has found working with Dr. Boulay and his team of volunteers to be a pleasure and a blessing to be able to give back to the community.