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Save the Date- Tribute Dinner, September 12

Posted on June 24th, 2013

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Mark your calendar. We will host our annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, September 12 at a NEW LOCATION. This year’s event will be held at The Landmark. Our guest speaker will be Jan Dravecky, wife and caregiver for Dave Dravecky, former San Francisco Giant’s pitcher. Invitations will be going out soon. Keep your eyes open for one and plan to join us. The event offers the community a chance to reflect and pay tribute to those touched by cancer in their lives.

Questions? Call Amber at (260) 484-9560 or email arecker@cancer-services.org.

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Tribute Dinner Success

Posted on November 2nd, 2012

On Thursday, October 11, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana presented our eighth annual Tribute Dinner at the Fort Wayne Marriott Marquis Ballroom. The event offered a special evening of memorials and healing laughter within our cancer community. Our Tribute Dinner is an important opportunity to gather with others along this cancer journey, pause and pay tribute to some amazing people. Beautiful tributes were dedicated to many people touched by cancer, including survivors, caregivers, physicians, and lost loved ones.

Guest speaker, Scott Burton, a stand-up comic and world-class juggler, set the tone with the gift of laughter. He shared his story as a cancer survivor and revealed a refreshingly honest perspective of the human side of cancer.

Cancer Services provides meaningful resources, information and compassionate assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families. For every person with cancer whom we meet, we also come to know the people around them, who love and care for them during their journey. Events such as our Tribute Dinner allow us to succeed in our mission and aid in the quality of life for cancer patients here in Northeast Indiana.

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Laugh Out Loud Tribute Dinner Speaker

Posted on August 17th, 2012


10-11-12! Our Tribute Dinner is around the corner and this year we’re honored to welcome guest speaker, Scott Burton. With Scott in our midst, this evening is sure to be anything but stuffy. Scott is an author, comedian, world-class juggler, and cancer survivor.

Scott shares his story internationally. With refreshing honesty, experienced stand-up and world-class juggling, Scott breaks convention by crafting a comedy routine – laced with joy and passion – of his personal battle with cancer. A veteran of hundreds of shows since his diagnosis, Scott erases the mystique and fear of chronic disease. His audience soon sees that his is not simply a story about cancer. It is the story of life. And in every life there is humor and joy to embrace.

Having been there, Scott believes the gift of laughter helps cancer survivors (or those facing any trial in life) feel normal and see their lives as precious. Scott says, “I felt, and still do, that each moment laughing is a moment you are – if only for a second – in love with life.”

We invite you to join us at the Tribute Dinner on October 11, 2012 as we celebrate life and pay Tribute to some very special people in our cancer community.

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Tribute Dinner – Save the Date

Posted on June 22nd, 2012

Save the date for our eighth annual Tribute Dinner on 10.11.12 at the Fort Wayne Marriott Marquis Ballroom. This promises to be a memorable evening among the cancer community complete with an entertaining speaker and touching Tributes. Get it on your dance card and invite your friends. We look forward to sharing in this special evening together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Regina’s Life Lesson # 48: If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Posted on September 23rd, 2011

In just under a month, we will have the opportunity to welcome guest speaker Regina Brett to the Annual Tribute Dinner on October 13, as she shares her 50 life lessons to navigate life’s detours.

As an outreach coordinator for Cancer Services, Linda Bewley advises us to be assertive and ask for support without being afraid of the answer, ‘no’.

“Working in the non-profit world is a lesson in itself. I used to be very uncomfortable asking for things— What if it makes people mad? What if they say no? How do I respond? Once I started working at CSNI and saw all the good it did for people with cancer, I became emboldened. This is a non-profit organization, it relies on the kindness and largess of others, so my job became twofold. First, I needed to educate people on what goes on here and all the good that we do, and secondly, to ask for support. I quickly learned that many people are waiting to be asked! Who knew?? We are always looking for volunteers to help with a myriad of things, donations to our fund-raising auction, tickets to our tribute dinner, walkers at our annual Lapper walk, organizing third party fundraisers, the list goes on and on. And even if they did say no, I came away with the knowledge that now they were at least aware of CSNI and it’s mission. So, go ahead and ask, you’d be surprised at how many times you get.” ~Linda Bewley, Outreach Coordinator

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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 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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A Reflection on Tribute Dinner 2009

Posted on August 26th, 2010

by Heather Currie, 2009 Event Attendee

My mother passed away from colon cancer in January 2009, and my father invited family and friends to share a table at Cancer Services Tribute Dinner 2009 to celebrate her life. The tribute gift was a picture frame, so we searched through our cameras and in our photo albums for a suitable picture of my mother. Going through the pictures wasn’t easy, partly because it had been less than a year since she passed, making it hard to see so many photos of good times, knowing that there would be no new additions to our collections. And partly it was hard because every individual, my mother included, has so many facets that no single photo captures them completely. We found photos of her at weddings, holidays, and dressed up for previous Cancer Services dinners where her own parents had been honored for their battles with cancer. We eventually chose a candid photo of her from our last family vacation in 2007 because it showed her in her element – relaxing in a National Park, enjoying the peacefulness of sunshine, trees and family close at hand. It showed her not just living with cancer, but thriving with it. The picture and frame now sit on the piano where my mother often played. It is joined by bookends and a vase – three handsome tributes, from Cancer Services dinners, to amazing members of our family.
My mother’s battle with cancer is a story of living, surviving, and thriving, as many of them are. Despite all that she lost through cancer, she survived so much of it during her 11-year battle. It was her determination to thrive that has left an indelible mark on us and continues to inspire those who knew her. We survive her, but those who loved her have felt the loss deeply, but it won’t stop us from thriving. At the Cancer Services dinner, we were surrounded by people who knew well what it means to live, survive and thrive. Despite all of the loss, there was not a feeling of sadness to the event. There were a few tears (living, surviving and thriving isn’t easy, after all); the event, however, was a happy occasion, with much to celebrate. Those who have survived their battles with cancer, and those of us who have survived family members lost to cancer, have much to be optimistic about. The dinner gave us an environment in which to not only honor those who fight cancer, but to thrive because of them.

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