Month: April 2011

Central Noble High School Hosts Basket Raffle for CSNI

On April 25, Linda Bewley, Outreach Coordinator, went to Central Noble H.S. to accept a check in the amount of $570 from the Central Noble H.S. National Honor Society.

Brandon Coats, a student representative in National Honor Society proposed the idea of a fundraiser to benefit a local charity. The event was an Easter Basket Raffle. NHS members and local businesses contributed items to fill the 4 baskets. Raffle tickets were then sold for $1 each. NHS members sold raffle tickets at school and in the community.

Thank you! We could not do what we do without generous supporters like you!

Recap: Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Seminar

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in conjunction with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana presented “Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: From Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyond.” Over 30 individuals came to our office to listen to Dr. David Zimmerman of Fort Wayne Medical Oncology & Hematology discuss how to be better prepared when asking questions of physicians regarding staging and treatment options.

Thanks to Dr. David Zimmerman for his time and expertise as a medical oncologist, Claire Kamman from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for joining us and providing the complimentary dinner, and all who attended this event.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is a local non-profit that provides emotional support, practical resources and information to people with cancer in our community. One of the invaluable services offered to our cancer clients is transportation to and from treatment.

Would you like to sign up to be a volunteer driver for Cancer Services? We are currently looking for volunteer drivers in all of the counties we serve, including Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. We will work with you to pick the days and times that fit your schedule. Driving is Monday through Friday and the times range from 7 AM to 5 PM. Most trips usually take an hour from start to finish.


  • Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and have insurance.
  • Volunteers use their own vehicle.
  • Volunteers must come in for a face-to face meeting and orientation.
  • Background checks are done on all volunteer drivers.

For more information, visit To volunteer, contact Cheryl Dafforn at or call (260) 484-9560

Lapper- A Fundraiser for the Whole Family

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:

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.

Walking with a Purpose

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!”

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We Are Here to Assist You

by Gail Hamm, program director

“I strongly feel that the people at Cancer Services have done their best to make me feel supported and you all have kept in touch with me to make sure that I am ok. Thank you for reaching out to me when I didn’t reach out to you.” ~ A Cancer Services client

Clients say it better than I can. When you are diagnosed with cancer and do not know what to do next, call Cancer Services. A friendly, knowledgeable professional advocate is here to assist you.

Knowledge is power. Knowing what to expect before you travel the unknown paths of treatment and recovery can lessen the stress and help you heal faster. Dealing with financial issues, employment issues and day-to-day pressures is so much easier when these concerns are shared with a Cancer Services’ client advocate.

The first call to make after a diagnosis of cancer is: (260) 484-9560 or toll free (866) 484-9560

Hats Off to our Volunteers

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Volunteering is one of the greatest gifts you give yourself…unless you are the organization who is being blessed by your time. Cancer Services is truly blessed with more than 600 volunteers who are always eager to help. We love the way each of you use your talents and follow your hearts as you help our clients.

We value the service you provide to our clients, as you assist us in fulfilling our mission.

We acknowledge all of your efforts and thank you for enhancing the lives of our clients. Our hats are off to you!

Thank you TinCaps!

We are honored to have been a part of the TinCaps Season Opener on April 7 as one of the featured charities. Our volunteers had a great time interacting with fans and selling our “count moments” bracelets. Perhaps the highlight of the night was a chance for one of our clients, Nathan Coffey, to throw out one of the first pitches. Despite the gloomy weather, the night was a huge success, both for the TinCaps and Cancer Services.

Cancer Services client Nathan Coffey throws out the first pitch

Pam Saylor, Bryttani Bair and Teresa Bair help sell bracelets and promote Lapper.

Brandon Borders and Brenda Bair brave the cold to help us promote our mission.

Team Peterson’s Lapper Story

Team Peterson

By Kathy Peterson

Mother and Cancer. Two words that have the most beautiful and ugliest meanings in life. But that is why my family sponsored the “Peterson” team in last years Lapper.

My brother Joe, from Pittsburgh, came to walk for the mother of his two children, Diana. She died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 48, leaving behind a 17-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.

Our niece Annie, from Decatur, was fighting ovarian cancer at the time of last year’s Lapper. Close to Thanksgiving, she died at the age of 53, leaving behind three children, one a daughter who just graduated from high school.

Both mothers were young and spirit filled before cancer stole their life. The Lapper was the perfect opportunity to show our support.

During the walk, the guys – husband, son, two brothers and son in law – took turns hoisting our 4-year-old grandson onto their shoulders when he got tired. We all took turns pushing my 83-year-old mother in her wheelchair. Young and old – doesn’t matter – cancer touches all ages.

There is something special about walking around Foster Park on a a still spring morning in your Cancer Services of NE Indiana T-shirt, honoring those you love.

For our family it was all about Mothers.

Interested in joining Team Peterson and hundreds of others for Lapper 2011? Click here for more information and to register today!