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2015 Lapper and Survivors Day Recap

Posted on June 1st, 2015

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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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Lapper & Survivors Day Success!

Posted on May 22nd, 2013

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On Saturday, over 500 people attended our 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event to raise money for people with all types of cancer in our community. Over $55,000 was raised, which will support programs providing emotional support, practical resources, and information to over 3,000 people with cancer and their families each year.

Thank you to all those who attended this year’s event. We enjoyed spending our morning with you! We could not do what we do without supporters like you.

Couldn’t make it to the event, but still want to help? There’s still time! If you’d like to make a donation, visit our event page.

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When CANCER Hits, a poem by Patty Hunter

Posted on March 21st, 2013

Cancer affects countless people in so many ways. The poem below was sent to Cancer Services from Patty, a friend of Judith. Patty was so moved by Judith’s death from cancer that she penned these emotional words. At Cancer Services, we are here to provide support- from the time a person is diagnosed, through their treatment and survivorship. Sometimes, in spite of the best treatment, we still lose our friends.

When CANCER Hits!

by Patty Hunter

A wonderful friend of mine had died

It was from a six-letter word, I cried.

This word was called by its ugly name,

and the word itself was Cancer.

When Cancer hits, it hurts all lives.

And members of the one who died,

Were the ones who were left behind.

Crying out, when is there a cure?

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

When Cancer hits, some do survive,

They live out precious lives.

For there is hope for us, we cried,

We will not lie down and die.

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

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Save the Date for Lapper 2013 & Survivors Day

Posted on March 20th, 2013

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Happy Spring! With Spring upon  us, that also means  Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana’s 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day is just around the corner. Please save the date and join us Saturday, May 18 for a walk to support people with cancer in our community. Bring a friend or form a team and walk as many laps as you can! Immediately following the walk we will host a Survivors Day celebration complete with food, fun and games for the entire family!

Lapper 2013 & Survivors Day
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A fundraiser for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana to honor or memorialize a loved one touched by cancer.

Registration is now open and there are three ways to do so:

We look forward to seeing you there for this celebration of life and loved ones!

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10th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day a Success

Posted on May 30th, 2012

Commemorative 10th anniversary T-shirt design created by the
talented Amy Keller of Just Sue Graphic Design.

We crossed the finish line of our 10th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day here at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. May 19 proved to be a wonderful (and very sunny) day for our cancer community. Both new and familiar faces gathered together to raise money, awareness and friends to support our mission.
Nearly 600 people rallied in support of people with cancer and to celebrate life. The energetic crowd included many friends of our organization such as clients, neighbors, sponsors, board members, staff, and dedicated volunteers. It was especially touching to see clients of Cancer Services with their entourage walking side by side.

 
Before the Lapper, everyone assembled to hear the inspiring words of Lapper founder, Jill Burnett. It was a special moment as we recognized the 10th anniversary of this growing event. With those words at heart, the vast crowd took its first steps and formed an impressive sight as we marched through Brotherhood Place Office Park. Following the Lapper, people gathered at the party tent for Survivors Day and facility tours. Guests cooled off with frozen treats from Edy’s and refueled with food from Chick-fil-A and Jamison. Music, chair massages, bounce houses, face painting, cheerful clowns, balloon animals, and more all rounded out the festivities. What a party!

We’re proud to have raised over $65,500 which directly benefits cancer patients in Northeast Indiana. Donations will impact your neighbors, your family and your community. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs supporting individuals in our community who are affected by cancer. Each year Cancer Services helps over 2,300 individuals and their families by providing financial assistance, medical supplies and equipment, and emotional support.

Stretching our limits during the Lapper walk and celebrating life at Survivors Day are positive ways to support people on the cancer journey and honor the lives of loved ones. We’re grateful to all who were part of this experience and hope to walk alongside you again next year. Here’s to a healthful and healing year ahead. Let’s start training for 2013!

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Reflections on Survivorship and Courage

Posted on May 31st, 2011

by Gail Hamm, program director

Courage is as often the outcome of despair as hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other, all to gain. ~Diane De Poitiers

It was such a privilege to meet so many survivors a week ago at the Lapper/Survivors Day Celebration. I was heartened by their stories…the volunteer who told me of the death of her son-in-law but the lives of her two grandchildren who are in remission from their cancers. Then I met the father of a teenager who succumbed to lung cancer 2 months ago and whose family was walking in this young man’s memory. Another walker rejoiced that she has been dealing with a Stage IV cancer for over 4 years but formed a large Lapper team and succeeded in completing the Walk. And I thought: what courage!

Some mornings, just getting out of bed is an act of courage. Even in the midst of doubt, the simple act of breathing is enough. This moment will only be this moment. The next moment carries us forward. We are asked to live each moment fully. The many friends and neighbors of Cancer Services who celebrated together at Foster Park embody the idea that we have nothing to lose and all to gain when hope and courage give meaning to our lives.

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Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Posted on December 3rd, 2010

We have amazing volunteers and this morning, we hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at Ceruti’s to honor them. More than 200 volunteers attended and enjoyed a delicious breakfast and entertainment by the Alley Kats.

We could not do what we do without our volunteers and we think we have some of the best ones around. Here are some statistics about them in 2010.

Support group facilitators, members of the advisory board, and Finance and Friend Development committee members have planned, led, attended and participated in 320 meetings

Volunteers provided 355 trips for our clients to and from treatment centers in the wind, rain and snow.

Our volunteer receptionists come in every week and greet our clients with warm smiles, answering 6 phone lines, and keeping things running during lunch time. They have given 467 hours to us this year.

Volunteers helped us have a presence at 35 different health fairs or educational events.

Our Monday morning volunteers who show up faithfully each week cut bed pads, inspect bed pads, assemble folders, shred papers, and help with mailings. They have donated 534 hours this year.

We had 22 volunteer massage therapists who participated in an advanced training class for working with oncology patients. In July we launched our Caring Touch program and since then have given 301 massages to our clients and their primary caregivers.

Our special events volunteers, who help plan Survivors Day, The Tribute Dinner, Design on Life, Tie 1 On, and Lapper, donated more than 1,200 hours in planning, implementing, and assisting with our events.

Our sewing groups donated 7,185 hours washing, ironing, cutting, pinning, and sewing 6,620 bed pads for us.

All together, our volunteers donated 12,150 hours in 2010!

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Cheryl Dafforn, left our volunteers with this special message.

One of my favorite things to do in my job is to plan this event for you. You hold such a dear place in all of our hearts and we love it when we can all come together and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

This year we have chosen a coffee cup as your thank-you. Did you know that coffee is a very ancient drink, and that people have been drinking it for over two thousand years? In fact coffee is now one of the most popular drinks in the world, and is almost as valuable as petroleum. Now a coffee bean by itself may not appear to be anything special, but when you add water things change. It becomes a rich, bold, invigorating beverage that some of us hold very dear. It also gives us a boost and keeps us going.

You, as volunteers give us a boost and keep us going.

Wilfred A Peterson once said “Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made nothing happens.” Your decision to become a volunteer with Cancer Services allows us to utilize your gifts to lessen and ease the changes our clients face each day.

The reality is…cancer changes people. Our objective, here at Cancer Services, is to make those changes as painless as possible. Without volunteers like you, we could not do that. Your volunteer moments count. Just by volunteering your time you demonstrate what counts. Moments count, people count, count the moments we have together.

Thank-you for making the decision to volunteer. We realize you may not always see the end results of your volunteer efforts, or the impact it has with our clients but please know this… Our cup runneth over with great volunteers, and we are truly blessed by each and every one of you.

Thank you for being “Bold” enough to volunteer, and making our lives “Richer”

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