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Lessons in Life Truly Learned

Posted on January 31st, 2011

by Dianne May, president and CEO

I came across this story recently…

In the 1950s and 1960s, Charles Laughton was one of the great and best known actors in Hollywood. The story goes that Laughton was attending a Christmas Party with a family in London. During the evening, the folks asked everyone attending to recite a favorite passage that best represented the spirit of Christmas.

When it was Laughton’s turn, he skillfully recited the 23rd Psalm. Everyone applauded his participation.

The last to participate was an adored, elderly aunt who was dozing off in the corner. Someone gently woke her, explained what was going on, and asked her to take part. She thought for a moment. And in a shaky voice, she began: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want . . .” When she finished, everyone was in tears.

At the end of the evening, when it was time to leave, a member of the family thanked Laughton for coming and remarked about the difference in the response by the family to the two presentations of the Psalm. When they asked him his opinion, Laughton responded, “I know the psalm. She knows the shepherd.”

It seems to me there are lessons in life that we only truly learn when we have lived them.

 

 

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Whitley County Community Foundation Supports CSNI

Posted on January 25th, 2011

Our development director, Amber Recker, visited the Whitley County Community Foundation to receive our 2011 funding from the agency. Thank you for supporting our organization so that we can provide our services to people in with cancer and their families in Whitley County.

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Catch a Mad Ants Game AND Support CSNI!

Posted on January 24th, 2011

It’s a win-win situation.

We are teaming up with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for “Cancer Services Night” at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on February 22, 2011. Friends of Cancer Services may purchase discounted tickets to the Mad Ants game and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cancer Services. The Mad Ants, Fort Wayne’s NBA Development league, will be taking on The Springfield Armor.

To purchase tickets for Cancer Services Night, contact Garrett Martz at (260) 469-4667 x 107. To receive the discount, you must inquire about Cancer Services night and tickets must be purchased before February 18, 2011.

WHAT: Fort Wayne Mad Ants Basketball Game

WHERE: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

WHEN: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICE: $7.50 for upper level sideline tickets and $14.50 for lower level (normally $10 and $20)

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Musings from a Recovering Flu Patient

Posted on January 24th, 2011

by Gail Hamm, program director

I have found that I rarely appreciate what I have, or don’t have, until I experience the opposite.

For instance, I take for granted that: I will sleep each night & feel refreshed in the morning, until I sleep the night and day away.

I take for granted that: I will cough occasionally but not all day and all night.

I take for granted that: I can meet friends for meals and chats, not have to cancel and change my routine.

I take for granted that: I will have the energy to begin or complete tasks, not feel listless and exhausted.

…..And then I am reminded that the clients I work with on a daily basis quite often feel just as exhausted, are sad because they can’t do the things they want to be doing, and are at times, miserable.

While my flu symptoms inconvenient, they are temporary and not even close to the experiences of people with cancer. I am grateful for good general health, and I appreciate the occasional reminder that tells me I am not in charge and that life is indeed precious.

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Bust A Move Busts Out a Big Check

Posted on January 21st, 2011

Members of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls dropped into our board meeting last night to present us with a check for $10,000. The money was raised in October last year at the 3rd Annual Bust A Move event. For Bust a Move, local artists and women volunteered their talents and their bodies to create unique, inspiring cast representations of the female bust and the emotions associated with breast cancer. Each cast was painted by a local artist and auctioned off for charity at this event.

For more information about the event, visit www.fwderbygirls.com/bustamove

Indiana’s NewCenter was on the scene to cover the check presentation. Check out the news coverage here.

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New Officers and Board Members Elected for 2011

Posted on January 20th, 2011

We say it all of the time, but we could not do what we do without our dedicated volunteers. One important group of volunteers plays a significant role in governing our organization and ensuring our success, our board of directions. Recently, they elected the following officers for 2011: Janet Stephenson, chairperson; Andy Candor, vice chair; Deb Durnell, secretary; and Don Bender, treasurer. Newly elected board members include: Neal Blythe, Joe Byers, Laura Lefever, and Sophie Tippmann. They join existing board members Denise Anderson, Gayle Bloom, David Fee, Rae Gonterman, Jeff Hamilton, William Kunkel, Tim Miller, Tom Niezer, Kathy Peterson, Randy Roberts, John Rogers, William Schroeder, Sue Shilts, Leigh Smith, Dr. David Trenkner and Bill Tucker.

We look forward to a successful 2011!

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Interview on Indiana’s NewsCenter INsight

Posted on January 14th, 2011

Earlier this week, our program director, Gail Hamm, met with INSight to discuss our programs and our Men as Caregivers Support Group. Check out that interview here.

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A Tai Chi Experience

Posted on January 10th, 2011

by Gail Hamm, program director

I just had to share an experience I had last week as I took part in our new Tai Chi class. I had an idea of what it would be like, but I did not anticipate that I would like it so much.

First, you have to know that I do not like to exercise. I get bored, as well as challenged by shortness of breath. What I found was that I could actually follow the instructor, Susan Swardenski, and do the moves she demonstrated. They are soft and slow and designed to not strain the body. I did know I was getting a workout, however, because I had to remove my jacket when I became too warm. And breathing deeply at times caused a bit of lightheadedness. My body was probably shocked that it was finally getting the oxygen it needed!

Susan explained that Tai Chi is rooted in the martial arts. The moves are designed to keep the body balanced and promote increased body awareness by engaging the mind as well as the body. It’s not like other exercise I am familiar with, in that it is not about building muscle mass. It’s about promoting better health through movement, no matter what your abilities may be. It tends to decrease tension and can increase one’s ability to manage fatigue and pain.

There were 14 of us….. people with cancer, caregivers, and staff. Only a few had previously been in a Tai Chi class. We were of all ages and our abilities varied considerably…from people who moved fairly easily to those who chose to do all the exercises in a seated position.

I can’t wait for the next session of Tai Chi. By participating in this class, I hope to gain better balance, an increased lung capacity, and overall better health. Now it’s time to practice the home work we were given last week: …breathe slowly…in….and …. out …..in….and….out….in….and….out…..

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Thank You Snider High School Students

Posted on January 6th, 2011

Monette King’s Fashion Classes and Interpersonal Relations classes at Snider High School made wheelchair blankets for our clients. We say it all of the time, but we could not do what we do without the kindness and generosity of the community. Thank you Snider High School students. Our clients will love these!

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Obama Tax Law Extends the Charitable IRA Rollover

Posted on January 4th, 2011

A Win-Win for You and Your Older Donor
Posted by Katherine Swank on December 28th, 2010

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the much-anticipated Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Among other things it includes or extends provisions that benefit donors and charitable organizations. One of the most exciting provisions on charitable donations is the extension of the Charitable IRA Rollover. This law allows people who are 70 ½ or older to make tax-free transfers of up to $100,000 per year from a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA directly to charity. The law was originally effective for 2006 and 2007 and then twice extended through 2009. It was allowed to expire on January 1, 2010, however.

The new law extends the charitable IRA rollover for two years by allowing gifts completed in January of 2011 to be treated as if they were made on Dec. 31, 2010 and also allows transfers through the end of 2011.

According to early information collected by the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) from more than 900 nonprofit organizations, hundreds of millions of dollars in donations have gone to charity through IRA distributions. At the time of their report, the average distribution was over $16,000 with the most common distribution was $5,000.

Both PPP and the Planned Giving Design Center (PGDC) have information and resources on soliciting and accepting Charitable IRA Rollover gifts(PGDC requires a free registration).

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