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Cancer center leader steps away to fight her own battle

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Amanda Buss will leave her post as executive director of the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The executive director of a Lehigh Valley cancer center is stepping down to focus on her own battle with the disease.

Amanda Buss is resigning from the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley. Thursday, Jan. 18, was her last day.

  • Amanda Buss resigned as executive director of Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley
  • Buss will focus on her own health amid cancer diagnosis
  • The leader has battled cancer through her six-year tenure at the organization

Buss has held the position with the Allentown organization for six years and has been battling her own diagnosis during that time.

    “After a few months of deep reflection, Amanda decided that now is the right time to take a step back after six years of giving her heart and soul to the organization," a statement on Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley’s Facebook page said.
    "Amanda leaves the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley to take time to focus on her health and healing.”

    “Definitely one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my life."
    Amanda Buss, executive director of the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley

    On her Facebook page, Buss said it is, "definitely one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my life.

    "This organization helped me and Mady when I was first diagnosed at the age of 28, held my hand again when I learned that my cancer had metastasized four years later, and then gave me the platform and opportunity to be an advocate for all other cancer patients," she wrote.

    "I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to have led this organization for the last 6 years, but I need to implement what I’ve learned from the programs I attended at CSCGLV and take care of myself right now. I can’t thank you all enough for all your continued love, support and prayers.”

    The organization is seeking a new executive director.