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Lapper 2011 is Saturday!

Posted on May 17th, 2011

by Amber Recker, development director

For the past few weeks, the first thing I’ve done every morning when I get into the office is pull up the Lapper website to see how much money we’ve raised for much-needed programs for people with cancer in our community. Today, our total surpassed $45,000. That will go a long way in supporting families dealing with the health crisis that is cancer.

Those who know me best, know how much this organization means to me. My job here is much more than a job- it feeds my soul because I know that every ounce of energy I put in directly and positively impacts someone in our community who needs help. Our entire team feels that way and we have the great honor of sharing a small part of the cancer journey with our clients; their strength, in the face of fear and great challenges, inspires us. That is why we do what we do.

You too can be inspired by joining us for Lapper 2011. Walk alongside those who have faced a cancer diagnosis and continue to thrive. We cannot do what we do without generous supporters like you. Even if you can’t walk, consider making a donation to the event and know that your treasure will be put to good use. Here’s a glimpse of what your donation provides:

  • $50 provides a wig for someone who is going through treatment
  • $100 provides one month of nutritional supplement for a client
  • $500 provides a year’s worth of prescriptions, food and co-pay assistance to a client
  • $850 provides one hospital bed
  • $1,000 provides one year of emotional support
Register or make a donation to Lapper 2011 <<HERE>>

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Ribbon Painting Project

Posted on May 4th, 2011

We’d like to thank a group of volunteers from Vera Bradley for helping us paint our gigantic cancer ribbon, which will be used at our upcoming Lapper for team pictures.

(pictured above: Kathleen Kerner, Mica Smith and Vicki Redding)

The Lapper & Survivors Day committees wanted something that represents all types of cancer. Volunteers worked hard last night to stencil a rainbow of cancer ribbons onto the 7-foot-tall wooden ribbon.

For information about how you can volunteer, visit www.cancer-services.org or call our volunteer coordinator Cheryl Dafforn at (260) 484-9560.

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Lapper- A Fundraiser for the Whole Family

Posted on April 25th, 2011

One of the many fun aspects of Lapper, our annual fundraising walk, is that it’s an event the entire family can enjoy. We hope you will consider joining us this year. More information can be found on our website: www.lapper2011.kintera.org.

And don’t forget, our annual Survivors Day Celebration will take place immediately following this year’s Lapper. Guests will enjoy food, fun and entertainment in the park.

Thanks to Lauren and Jill Knappenberger for visiting us last week and bringing in over $245 in donations, which they’ve raised for their team.

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Walking with a Purpose

Posted on April 22nd, 2011

During the winter of 2009, Ralph Burgess hadn’t been feeling well, so to improve his health and lift his spirits, he began walking laps at Foster Park with Susie Blaugh, RN, who is in charge of the Health Ministry at The Chapel.

When spring rolled around, in order to give him a goal, Susie encouraged Ralph to participate in the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana’s 2010 Lapper, the annual walk held to support those affected by cancer. As they prepared for The Lapper, Ralph and Susie would pace laps around the park. After one particularly long walk, Ralph asked Susie if she thought they had walked a mile that day. Susie smiled at him and replied, “Ralph, we didn’t walk one mile today, we walked two!”

Participating in The Lapper showed Ralph that he could still do something for others, even at the age of 92! That year, he proudly walked next to Susie and her friend, Shelley Chapman.

His wife, Shirley, says that walking in The Lapper gave Ralph a sense of purpose. Ralph felt good about walking; he had accomplished something.

This winter, as so many do, Ralph was feeling a little blue, but as spring began to roll around, his spirits lifted and he started to look forward to walking in his second Lapper. He and Shirley have already set off around Foster Park a few times this season in preparation for the big event. Shirley is hoping that this year she can join Ralph in The Lapper, in spite of her recent knee replacement.

Even though Ralph and Shirley haven’t personally experienced cancer, they understand the importance of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and they understand the importance of being a part of this event.

“Cancer is a wicked thing,” Shirley said, “but any services that help someone through it are beneficial!”

Do you have a story about Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana? If you do, we would love to hear it. Put it in the comments below, or email it to arecker@cancer-services.org.

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Why Team Kent Supports Cancer Services

Posted on March 11th, 2011

Team Kent - LapperWhen Kent passed away in October of 2008, he was only 62. He left behind his wife, Denise, and three daughters: Erin, Anna and Ashley. He had four sisters, one brother and countless in-laws and friends. Most participate in Cancer Services’ Lapper each year. Many come together physically to walk, others walk with them by contributing financially. They even have family members contribute to the Lapper and walk in North Carolina the same morning they walk in Fort Wayne.

Kent was able to remain at home largely because of the emotional and financial support given to the family from Cancer Services.

“CSNI’s staff was empathetic and made us feel like we were the only client they had,” Denise said. “Peter was Kent’s advocate. When we would stop to pick up tube feeding supplements, Peter would ask how much we needed and then carry them out to our car without delay. The tube feeding pump was a big help when Kent left the hospital. He eventually was able to give himself bolus feedings of which Cancer Services provided the supplies. When you have a family member affected by cancer, you need help from someone who understands.”

The Lapper is one way for all who loved Kent to honor him and to pay it forward to Cancer Services so they can help other families in need.

Kent’s daughter, Erin, summed it up beautifully: “I think about my dad every day — for no reason and for every reason. I don’t think about having good days and bad days anymore. Some days are just different. The day of the Lapper is one of those different days. His birthday, any holiday, and even the anniversary of his death are also different. Different isn’t good or bad, my life just isn’t the same as I knew it before cancer.”

Team Kent participates in the Lapper because it is an annual day that is all about Kent. It gives them the opportunity to come together in support of a good cause and in remembrance and honor of a great man. It is important to them that his life and the loss in his death are never forgotten by those he loved. That Saturday once a year, helps to ensure that it doesn’t.

“Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana did a great deal to help my dad and our family during his illness,” Erin said. “Their positive impact on our family continues every summer when they provide us with our very own special Kent Day. Thank you to everyone who makes this event possible.”

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Registration Now Open 9th Annual Lapper

Posted on February 17th, 2011

We will host our annual fundraising walk, Lapper, on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Foster Park, located in southwest Fort Wayne. Lapper 2011 is a fundraiser for Cancer Services designed to honor or memorialize those touched by cancer.

When Lapper founder Jill Burnett first organized this event 9 years ago, she encouraged people to test their own endurance and push past their comfort zone just as people with cancer do every day. That tradition continues today, and each Lapper participant is encouraged to walk as many laps around the paved 2-mile trail at Foster Park as they can.

Bring a friend, form a team and help us raise money to provide support and services to people with cancer in our community. Our goal is to raise $60,000 at this year’s event. All proceeds benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and help support programs for people with cancer in our community.Registration is now open.

There are two ways to register: online at www.lapper2011.kintera.org, or by downloading the registration forms at www.cancer-services.org.

Forms are also available at Cancer Services. Walkers who register by May 1 and raise a minimum of $25 will receive a tee shirt. Water and fresh fruit will be provided and the walk will take place, rain or shine.

CONTACT: Amber Recker, (260) 484-9560 or arecker@cancer-services.org

We will host Survivors Day immediately following the Lapper at Foster Park on Saturday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m. This free celebration of life and survivorship will include food, fun, and games for the entire family.

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Save the Date- 9th Annual Lapper

Posted on February 8th, 2011

We will host our annual fundraising walk, Lapper, on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Foster Park, located in southwest Fort Wayne.

Lapper 2011 is a fundraiser for Cancer Services designed to honor or memorialize those touched by cancer. When Lapper founder Jill Burnett first organized this event 9 years ago, she encouraged people to test their own endurance and push past their comfort zone just as people with cancer do every day. That tradition continues today, and each Lapper participant is encouraged to walk as many laps around the paved 2-mile trail at Foster Park as they can.

Bring a friend, form a team and help us raise money to provide support and services to people with cancer in our community. Our goal is to raise $60,000 at this year’s event. All proceeds benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and help support programs for people with cancer in our community.

Online registration will be available soon. Walkers who register by May 1 and raise a minimum of $25 will receive a tee shirt. Water and fresh fruit will be provided and the walk will take place, rain or shine.

WHAT: Fundraising walk for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

WHERE: Foster Park, Fort Wayne, IN

DATE: Saturday, May 21, 2011

TIME: 8:30 a.m. Registration, 9:00 a.m. program, 9:30 Walk begins

CONTACT: Amber Recker, (260) 484-9560 or arecker@cancer-services.org

Survivors Day

Cancer Services will host Survivors Day immediately following the Lapper at Foster Park on Saturday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m. This free celebration of life and survivorship will include food, fun, and games for the entire family.

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