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Wonderful Turnout for the 7th Annual Tribute Dinner

Posted on November 3rd, 2011

On Thursday, October 13, guests joined us for our 7th Annual Tribute Dinner at the Marquis Ballroom at the Fort Wayne Marriott. This year’s event, “Navigating Life’s Detours”, offered our community an opportunity to pause, treasure the memories of people who have been touched by cancer, and pay tribute to them, whether a cancer survivor, caregiver, physician, or lost loved one. In addition to quality time spent with family and friends, guests were entertained and inspired by guest speaker Regina Brett, best-selling author and cancer survivor. Regina shared the story of her own cancer journey through her 50 Life Lessons, which appear in her book “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Details.” She made us laugh and she made us cry, but mostly she instilled in us the hope that the best is yet to come, no matter where we are on life’s journey.

Last year, we unveiled the William A. Kunkel III Champion of Hope award, which was created to recognize an individual, family or business that embodies the mission of Cancer Services through a lifelong commitment to enhancing the quality of life of those affected by cancer in Northeast Indiana. The recipient of the Champion of Hope Award demonstrates an unparalleled devotion to the organization as a volunteer, advocate, friend and companion, leading by example and exhibiting unwavering compassion. Last year’s award went to its namesake, Bill Kunkel.

We were pleased to announce the selection of Jim and Adda Jane Wiegman as the recipients of this year’s Champion of Hope award and we honored them at the dinner. Jim and Adda Jane have made significant contributions to our community as volunteers and co‐founders of the US TOO support group for men with prostate cancer and their partners. Since its debut in 1992, US TOO has held more than 200 monthly meetings providing men and their partners a safe place to talk about their health and well‐being. Jim and Adda Jane have dedicated much of their time to US TOO, and in return they have become a source of comfort and information for hundreds of men and women throughout our community. Jim and Adda Jane served many years as volunteers with the Scotts/Kroger Cancer Day, bagging groceries and helping at the golf outing. They have given financial support to Cancer Services and been a foundation for inspiration to staff and volunteers alike, always offering their help. These two Champions of Hope have had positive impacts on the quality of life of so many friends and neighbors through their very own message of hope.

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Tribute Dinner Tickets Available Online

Posted on August 4th, 2011

October 13 is right around the corner. Have you purchased your ticket yet for this year’s Tribute Dinner? If not, tickets are now available online by going to our website, www.cancer-services.org.

This year’s Tribute Dinner, Navigating Life’s Detours, will take place at the Marquis Ballroom at the Fort Wayne Marriott.

This signature event offers our community an opportunity to pause, treasure the memories of people who have been touched by cancer, and pay tribute to them, whether a cancer survivor, caregiver, physician, or lost loved one. The evening includes a chance to share memories with family and friends, and enjoy a nice dinner and entertainment.

We are pleased to welcome Regina Brett as this year’s speaker. Regina is a columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, OH; author of “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours;” and breast cancer survivor. Her book is an inspirational collection of essays and stories about the lessons life taught her along the detours of life.

“Navigating Life’s Detours will be an exciting event for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and our community,” say Janet Stephenson, board chair for CSNI. “Regina is an excellent storyteller- thoughtful, with humor and insights into life’s journey. She is a cancer survivor and as Regina would say, she knows what it means to have life change at the blink of an eye. No doubt, we can all benefit from the inspiration and encouragement this special evening offers.”

There are several ways to take part in the event, 1- Host a table for your friends and family members, 2- Organize a group of your friends or family members to all contribute to host a table, or 3- Purchase an individual ticket and join other Cancer Services supporters for an evening of fine dining and top-notch entertainment.

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Annual Tribute Dinner- Save the Date 10/13/11

Posted on June 23rd, 2011

Each year, Cancer Services host its Tribute Dinner, which is an evening designed to provide our community an opportunity to pause, treasure the memories of people who have been touched by cancer, and pay tribute to them, whether a cancer survivor, caregiver, physician or lost loved one. Please mark your calendars for our annual Tribute Dinner, which will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2011. This year’s theme is “Navigating Life’s Detours” and includes a chance to share memories with family and friends, and enjoy a nice dinner and entertainment.

We are pleased to welcome Regina Brett as this year’s speaker. Regina is a columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, OH; author of “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours;” and breast cancer survivor. Her book is an inspirational collection of essays and stories about the lessons life taught her along the detours of life. She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, in 2009 and 2008 for columns she wrote for The Plain Dealer.

For more information, contact Amber Recker at (260) 484-9560 or arecker@cancer-services.org.

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