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Join us for the 13th Annual Tribute Dinner

Posted on June 19th, 2017


Please join us at 6:00 p.m. September 6, 2017 at the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46845 for the 13th Annual Tribute Dinner. The Tribute Dinner is an opportunity to pay tribute to individuals touched by cancer and to honor caregivers and physicians.

We are honored to have Mayor SuzAnne Handshoe of Kendallville as our keynote speaker.

Mayor Handshoe is a retired Marine Corps veteran, the first woman to serve as mayor in Kendallville and a cancer survivor. Handshoe has internalized the “never let them see you sweat” attitude. She will share her story of courage and perseverance.

There are several ways you can take part in the event:

  • Host a table for your friends and family members.
  • Organize a group of friends and family members to contribute to host a table.
  • Purchase an individual ticket and join other Cancer Services supporters

When you purchase a ticket to the event, you will also have an opportunity to honor someone with a tribute.  Tributes are listed in the event program and displayed onscreen above the stage during the evening.

Individual tickets are $100 and include 1 tribute.  Reserved tables of 8 are $800 and include up to 8 tributes. Individual tributes are available for $25.  To make a reservation or submit a tribute, contact Keiara Carr at 260-484-9560 or

It is our hope you will join us for an elegant evening full of hope, inspiration and community. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, you can do so here.

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Shop at AmazonSmile to benefit Cancer Services

Posted on November 14th, 2016

Support Cancer Services while you shop online!

Amazon Smile

Support Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana while you shop at Amazon will donate .05% of eligible purchases to Cancer Services of Allen County (our legal name).

All you need to do is use this link: (bookmark it so you can keep going back) and make your purchases as you normally would.  Cancer Services will use the money we receive from your Amazon Smile purchase to pay for needed programs and services for people in our community who have cancer.

Please save and share this link with your family and friends.  It’s a great way for you to support Cancer Services with the purchases you are already planning to make!

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Kroger Rewards

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

Support People With Cancer While You Grocery ShopKroger

Whether you’re picking up a gallon of milk or need a whole week’s worth of groceries, you can take advantage of the Kroger Community Rewards program and help people with cancer while you shop.

Kroger rewards Cancer Services with a quarterly donation when our supporters select us as their charity of choice and use their Kroger Plus Card to shop.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Create an Account (If you already have a Kroger Plus card, but are not an online customer) or click on Sign in (If you are an online customer already and just want to designate Cancer Services as your charity of choice.
  3. Cancer Services’ organization number is 11230.

Visit for more information.

Please pass this information along and encourage your family and friends to enroll as well!

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Friends 4 Lunch

Posted on June 8th, 2015

Join us for lunch on the fourth Friday of each month!

Friends 4 Lunch is designed for those interested in learning moresoup-and-salad-ppsop about Cancer Services.  It includes a light lunch, tour of our building, and time to ask questions. We value your time, therefore, the program will last one hour.

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location:  6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne

Please contact Stacey Stumpf at or 260-484-9560/866-484-9560 to make a reservation!

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Register and raise at least $35 by May 1 to receive commemorative 2017 Lapper T-Shirt.

Posted on April 26th, 2017

This is the last week to register and raise at least $35 by May 1 to receive a commemorative 2017 Lapper t-shirt.

To register for the 2017 Lapper and Survivors Day Celebration, head to, click Participant Registration, agree to the waiver, start or join a team, and donate at least $35 to receive a t-shirt.

The 2017 Lapper and Survivors Day Celebration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Cancer Services, 6316  Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

The Lapper fundraising walk raises money to provide financial assistance, practical resources and emotional support to families touched by cancer. Following the walk,  the Survivors Day Celebration will have free food, music and games for  the whole family.

We hope you will join us!

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Helpful Information on Social Security Benefits and Cancer

Posted on March 23rd, 2017

Qualifying for Social Security Benefits With Cancer

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you may be concerned about making ends meet financially if you’ll be out of work while going through chemotherapy and other treatments. Fortunately, there could be resources available for you and your family. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits for people in need. Thousands of people receive disability benefits after a cancer diagnosis every year.

Medically Qualifying for Disability Benefits With Cancer

A cancer diagnosis alone will not qualify for disability benefits. The SSA will need evidence that you’ll be out of work for at least 12 months due to your cancer’s complications or treatment, or that your cancer is terminal.

Every form of cancer will qualify differently. For example, esophageal cancer will qualify with just a diagnosis, as will any form of cancer that has spread to another organ. Breast cancer, on the other hand, usually need to be advanced to Stage III-B or further to qualify.  Some cancers that are highly treatable, such as prostate cancer, will not qualify unless they’ve spread to another organ, returned despite treatment, or are an aggressive form of cancer, such as small-cell cancer.

The SSA uses its own medical guide known as the Blue Book to evaluate your specific cancer diagnosis. The entire Blue Book can be found online, so be sure to review it with your doctor to determine if you’ll medically qualify.

Compassionate Allowances and Social Security

The average Social Security disability claim takes about five months to be approved, but sometimes up to 2 years if your initial application is denied. Fortunately, this is not the case for people with advanced forms of cancer. The SSA started its Compassionate Allowance initiative in 2008 to help people with clearly disabling conditions get approved for the resources they need quickly. Cancers that will qualify as a Compassionate Allowance with just a diagnosis include:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Salivary and sinonasal cancers
  • Thyroid cancer


If you don’t have one of the above diagnoses, you could still qualify for a Compassionate Allowance. So long as one of the following is true, your claim will be expedited:

  • Your cancer has returned despite treatment (3 months or more usually qualifies)
  • Your cancer is inoperable
  • Your cancer has spread to other organs.

There are no additional steps you need to take when filling out your Social Security application when applying with a Compassionate Allowance, nor is there any additional paperwork for you to fill out. When you submit your application, the SSA will automatically flag your application for expedited review. Instead of waiting for 5+ months to hear back from the SSA, you could be approved in as little as 10 days.

Keep in mind that even if you qualify for a Compassionate Allowance, your benefits will not start within 10 days. Unfortunately, the SSA still requires that disability recipients wait five months to receive their first payments.

What Disability Benefits Are Available?

The SSA has two types of disability benefit programs. The medical criteria for qualifying with cancer are the same for both, but each one is intended for a different type of applicant.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI pays benefits to disabled workers and their eligible dependents. To qualify, you must have worked a certain number of years and earned a sufficient number of work credits prior to becoming disabled. It is funded through payroll taxes, and recipients are eligible for Medicare coverage after two years.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a needs-based benefit program intended for children, the elderly and disabled applicants with limited assets and financial resources. To qualify, your family’s combined income and resources must be no more than $3000. SSI recipients also qualify for Medicaid and even food stamps.

It is possible to qualify for both SSDI and SSI at the same time. This happens if your awarded SSDI benefits are lower than the SSI monthly maximum payment, which is $735 in 2017.

Starting Your Disability Application

Most applicants can complete the entire Social Security application entirely online. This is the easiest way to apply for disability benefits, as you can save your progress and complete the application at a later date.

If you’d prefer to apply in person, you’ll need to make an appointment with a Social Security field office. There are more than 1,300 offices nationwide, and every state has at least four offices. Regardless of how you apply, be sure to fill out your application as carefully as possible. If the SSA cannot locate your biopsy reports, surgical notes, or other medical records, you may be denied benefits due to a technicality!

Blue Book:

Compassionate Allowances:

Apply Online:

SSA Field Offices:

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2017 Design on Life Recap

Posted on March 16th, 2017

We would like to thank the generosity of our sponsors, auction donors and guests for helping to make the 2017 Design on Life Auction a success.

The Monte Carlo Night on Saturday, February 25 2017,  at Ceruti’s Diamond Room raised more than $50,000 to help local people touched by cancer.


The evening was filled with wonderful music by Dan Heath and Paradise Duo.

Nearly 100 items were auctioned off.

There was a lively group of participants for Design on Life’s new card game. Emcee Krista Miller, Fort Wayne’s NBC 33, drew cards from the deck, eliminating participants one by one until one lucky winner took home a bundle of gift cards valued at more than $500.

The highlight was the live auction with auctioneers from Ness Bros. Real Estate and Auction Co.

We are so grateful to our sponsors: Kroger, Parkview, Steel Dynamics, Comcast Spotlight, Umi Grill, Bobcat of Fort Wayne, Ness Bros. Real Estate and Auction Co., Vera Bradley, Club Soda, Windows, Doors and More, Petroleum Traders Corporation, Just Sue Graphics, Brotherhood Mutual, Vanroot Growers, Woodforest National Bank, All Occasion Party, Sweetwater, Media 401, Parrot Press, Hylant, Belmont Beverage, JBG Photography, Best-One Tire and Auto Care, Accu-Label, Michael’s Floor Covering, Unified Wealth and Retirement  and First Federal Bank.

And a special thank you to Karen Tejera and the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show for providing complimentary tickets to our guests and partnering with Cancer Services to continue the success of Design on Life for 14 years.



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View 2017 Design on Life Auction Items

Posted on January 18th, 2017


Click here to view the items up for auction at the 2017 Design on Life Spring Auction, 6:30 p.m. February 25, 2017 at Ceruti’s Diamond Room. We are still adding unique items and experiences to the website, so please check back regularly to add more items to your wish list.

The 14th Annual Design on Life Spring Auction will bring the essence of the French Riviera with a full evening of live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live entertainment by Dan Heath and the Paradise Trio. The evening will also feature a new card game where participating guests get a chance to win a fabulous prize.

Cancer Services’ Design on Life Auction has been held as a prelude to the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show since 2004, raising more than $460,000 to help families in our community that are touched by cancer.

Individual tickets are $50; $600 for a Reserved Table of 10.  Each event ticket purchased includes a complimentary ticket to the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show.  Purchase tickets online at: Design on Life Tickets.

For more information about the event, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Keiara Carr at or call (260)484-9560.

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Loving Your Tummy

Posted on June 2nd, 2015

loving your tummy

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 18

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., June 30

Do you ever experience digestive discomfort? You’re not alone! Millions of Americans suffer from indigestion, cramps, acid reflux, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.  Luckily, there are specific foods that can help with many of these common digestive complaints and may help trim your waistline at the same time. Choose one of three available dates to attend this workshop where you will learn how common foods such as garlic, onions, apples and plums may be causing your digestive system undue stress. While other foods such as spinach, tomatoes, blueberries and strawberries may help keep your digestive system humming along. Join us to learn some quick tips for good digestion and sample recipes.  Presented by Sue Delegrange, M.S., R.D., CSSD

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free, open to the public and held in our Healing Arts Center, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Please call 484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560 for more information or to reserve a seat.

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2015 Lapper and Survivors Day Recap

Posted on June 1st, 2015

Recap postcard III

Thank you to everyone who sponsored, donated, volunteered or participated in Lapper and Survivors Day 2015! Due to the generosity of many, we were able to raise over $60,000 which will help provide programs and services to people with cancer in our community.


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