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Blue Tie Day – September 14

Posted on September 6th, 2012

We are organizing Blue Tie Day to increase awareness about prostate cancer. On September 14, we encourage all local men and businesses to participate and wear blue ties to the office.

Take a photo of yourself or a group at the office wearing your collection of blue ties and send the photos to Amber Recker at Photos will be submitted for publication and also posted on our blog. The group with the most people in blue ties will receive blue “Count Moments” bracelets for their entire team.

Please help raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer and health on September 14th and join us on Blue Tie Day by showing your “blue” colors.

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“Life with Prostate Cancer” Seminar, 9/11

Posted on August 29th, 2012

September is prostate cancer awareness month, and we are proud to partner with The Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Prostate Cancer Coordinating Committee to present “Life with Prostate Cancer,” a seminar for prostate cancer patients, survivors, and loved ones. This seminar is designed to provide prostate cancer patients with information to live life more fully after diagnosis and treatment.

The seminar will be held at our facility on Tuesday, September 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and features keynote presentations from Dr. Donald Urban of Parkview Physicians Group, as well as Dr. Theodore Wagner of Northeast Indiana Urology. Bill Seidel, a prostate cancer survivor, will give a special guest presentation on “Tricks Learned in Dealing with Prostate Cancer.” Topics of discussion will include survivorship, intimacy, and treatment.

For more information, please visit the ICC website or the Life with Prostate Cancer registration page. Reservations may also be made by calling Cancer Services at (260) 484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560.

Excluding all types of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States and Indiana. Approximately 1 in 6 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1 in 36 will die from it during their lifetime (visit Prostate Cancer in Indiana to learn more).

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TinCaps to don blue jersey in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness

Posted on August 20th, 2012

Tomorrow night, the TinCaps will don white and blue jerseys to help raise awareness for prostate cancer. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the game and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our organization.

Also that night, Parkview is hosting a Men’s Health and PSA Screening event.

Free health and cancer screenings will be offered, including PSA, blood pressure, bone density, glucose, EZ Dectect Kits, skin screening, and various other activities/screenings. Appointments are not necessary.

Contact Debi Kennedy at Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center at (260) 266-9180 if you have questions.

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3rd Annual Blue Ball Open

Posted on August 13th, 2012

On Saturday, we attended the 3rd Annual Blue Ball Open, a golf outing and fundraiser for prostate cancer research and support services. We have been proud recipients of the proceeds from this event since its inception. Thank you Kent Hormann and Cynthia Cornwell for organizing an amazing event.

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Columbia City High School hosts shots against cancer

Posted on February 8th, 2012

The Columbia City High School boy’s basketball team held a fundraiser on Friday, January 27, for prostate cancer awareness. The event was called “Go Blue – Shots Against Cancer.” The team auctioned off the blue basketball jerseys they wore on Friday night with a raffle that featured a bio on each teammate. The money raised is being donated to Whitley County Cancer Care Endowment Fund which is an organization that provides financial support to local non-profits that service people with cancer in Whitley County.

Linda Bewley, our Outreach Coordinator, was at the game giving away blue ribbons and selling blue prostate cancer bracelets. “The event had a lot of community participation and was so much fun,” Bewley said. Bewley was blown away by the community support and the enthusiasm of the basketball team.

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The 2nd Annual Blue Ball Open Donates Proceeds

Posted on October 5th, 2011

All of us here at Cancer Services would like to thank Kent Hormann, Cynthia Cornwell and Lutheran Hospital for hosting the 2nd Annual Blue Ball Open. We were the recipient of this year’s event proceeds which will be used to provide support services for men dealing with prostate cancer.

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Local Companies Show Support for Tie1on4 Prostate Cancer

Posted on September 15th, 2011

Did you know that one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer? To raise awareness for the disease, we are encouraging all local men and businesses to participate in Blue Tie Day by wearing blue ties to the office today, September 15.

It’s not too late to participate! Take a photo of yourself or a group at the office wearing a collection of blue ties and send your photos to Amber Recker at to be posted along with others! The group with the most people in blue ties will receive blue “count moments” bracelets for their entire team.

Thanks to those businesses who have already sent in their photos today!

The CSNI Team: Krista Smotherman, Mary Weiks, Cheryl Dafforn, Marcia Reynolds, Kathy Ryan, Amber Recker, Gail Hamm, Brandon Bower, Kristin Newbauer, Linda Bewley

Our friends at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum: C.J. Steigmeyer, Ed Davidson, Brad Riehle and Nathan Dennison

The Alliance Team- Andi Udris, President; Scott Naltner, Executive VP; Karl Bandemer, Senior Development Officer

Staff at WANE-TV/NewsChannel 15

Anthony Juliano of Asher Agency

The Reusser Design Team- Andy Welfle, Andy Fought, Nate Reusser, Tafi Stober, Aaron Bushnell

Lake City Bank Team: Chris Wiggins, Everett Nifong, Kris Kerlin, Cameron Plew, Ryan Hart, Joe Kessie

The Cirrus ABS Team

YLNI Board Members and Members: Sam Graves, Zach Evans, Jeremy Diller, Ryan Hart, Justin Clupper, Amber Recker, Amy Johnson, Justin Shurley,

George Bewley, Bewley & Koday Attorneys at Law


Justin Clupper, Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Kelly Bergman, Cirrus ABS

Kevin Mullett, Cirrus ABS

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2nd Annual Blue Ball Open- August 5

Posted on August 3rd, 2011

Each year, more men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than women with breast cancer. Surprised? Here is your chance to increase prostate cancer awareness and have some fun at the same time. Funds raised at the Blue Ball Open will be donated to Cancer Services to support services for men dealing with prostate cancer.

  • Friday, August 5
  • Shot gun start at 1 p.m.
  • Cedar Creek Golf Club
  • 4-person scramble
  • $70 per person
For more information about sponsorships or registration, contact Kent Hormann at (260) 609-9330 or; or Cynthia Cornwell at (260) 804-6344 or

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Volunteer Spotlight: Bill Seidel

Posted on June 10th, 2011

Bill Seidel facilitates the “Us Too” Prostate Cancer Support Group, as well as the Advanced Prostate Cancer Discussion Group at Cancer Services. During their regular meetings, he spends countless hours providing encouragement and support to hundreds of men with prostate cancer. As part of his work with the support groups, Bill recognized the need for a caregivers’ support group for spouses and partners of men with prostate cancer. He and his wife, Laine, initiated this group in March of 2009. He also networks at a national level with prostate cancer research and support groups and stays informed about the latest research and advocacy issues, bringing that insight back to Cancer Services to help his support group attendees.

In addition to his volunteer work with the support groups, Bill dedicates his time towards programs like Cancer Services’ Tie 1 On 4 Prostate Cancer Campaign, which focuses on spreading the word about prostate cancer in Northeast Indiana. He pulled together a team of volunteers who would be willing to make the campaign a success, and also conceptualized a design for the displays, which consist of two wooden cut out ties and a banner hanging in the middle promoting prostate cancer awareness. He and his team of volunteers distributed the large displays throughout northeast Indiana during September, which is Prostate Awareness Month, but he didn’t stop there. He also wanted to provide an opportunity for men and their families to get together, learn more about this disease, and ask questions. On September 18, 2010, Cancer Services hosted Tie 1 on 4 Prostate Cancer Seminar. It featured presentations on recent developments and advanced treatments, maintaining and enhancing men’s sexual health, the role of nutrition in preventing and fighting prostate cancer, and exercise. Bill’s leadership was instrumental in locating quality speakers and securing funding. He handled publicity through various media organizations, and led his team of inexperienced but willing prostate cancer survivors to accomplish this goal.

Bill accomplished so much in a very short time as a volunteer for Cancer Services. He regularly donates approximately twenty hours per month, but during the months of planning Tie 1 On, he put in fifty to seventy hours. We are grateful for his commitment to our organization and we cannot thank him enough.

The Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service recognizes people who have voluntarily contributed time and talent to the betterment of their communities. It is our honor to have nominated Bill Seidel for this award for his dedication and commitment to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

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Blue Ball Open Raises $8,600 for CSNI

Posted on October 21st, 2010

Kent Hormann and Cynthia Cornwell had ambitious goals- to organize a golf outing to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer. And they were wildly successful. With the support of corporate sponsors, including Lutheran Health Network, the first annual Blue Ball Open, which was held on Saturday, August 14, successfully raised $8,600 for Cancer Services.

On Wednesday, October 20, Kent Hormann and Joe Dorko, newly named CEO of Lutheran Health Network, presented our CEO, Dianne May, with the proceeds from the event. We’d like to thank Kent, Cynthia, Joe and all those involved in making this event successful.

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