Month: September 2011

Martina McBride Dedicates Song to Individuals Fighting Cancer

Country music star Martina McBride has released a new single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” to offer hope and inspiration for all people going through cancer, those who have battled cancer in the past and to those who have loved them through it.

The music video, which can be viewed below, features testimonials from local survivors and celebrities, such as Hoda Kotb, Katie Couric, Sheryl Crow and Robin Roberts, on how cancer affected each of their lives.

“I knew it was a song I wanted to record because of the strong message of hope that it sends,” Martina McBride said. “It takes a lot of strength and a lot of love to get through something like that.” McBride believes that this song expresses the words that so many people would like to say to their love ones.

Eastside High School Hosts “Volley for a Cure” Volleyball Game for Breast Cancer

Eastside High School volleyball team, with the help of their opponent East Noble, dedicated a night of fundraising for our breast cancer clients. The “Volley for a Cure” event took place at Eastside High School on Wednesday, September 14, with a match between Eastside and East Noble High School volleyball teams.

“Fight Like a Girl”, the theme for this years event, raised $1,500 combined from the two high school’s shirt and raffle ticket sales. A total of 350 shirts were sold to Eastside and East Noble fans, which represented this year’s “Fight Like a Girl” theme.

The coaches behind the planning of this event were Eastside’s Megan Callahan and Ashley Everhart and East Noble’s, Nicki Ramey. Both teams were found wearing pink accessories with their uniforms to aid in raising awareness for breast cancer and those affected.

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Partners in 4th Annual Zoo Day

On Saturday September 17, we partnered with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in sponsoring the 4th annual Zoo Day.

This year, the zoo donated
tickets to us to share with our clients and their families giving them the opportunity to get out and do something fun. Zoo Day is a special day for families to put financial obligations aside and have fun together at the zoo.

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

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

Regina’s Life Lesson # 42: Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

As we prepare for the upcoming Annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, October 13, Client Advocate Brandon Bower, shares his personal experiences on Regina’s Life Lesson #42: Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

“You’ve heard the story about the couple who retired and lived the remainder of their lives collecting stuff. . . whether it was glassware, seashells or Christmas decorations. ‘It’s the American Dream!’ they say, today people spend millions of dollars on stuff.

Several things have happened recently that has convinced me about our stuff. Please don’t get me wrong, we’re not hoarders, but we have stuff. It feels that all of our time and attention goes to keeping our stuff clean, orderly and repaired. The things that really matter get put aside so we can take care of our stuff, it’s not right.

Just a few months ago, a wealthy acquaintance passed away and left nothing but old, tattered stuff. It was a sad ending to his life, but how much more could he have done in life? Just after that happened, I helped some family friends move and they had 28 plus years of stuff. It was obvious that they loved their stuff, and it was also obvious that their stuff had taken over their lives. Their precious stuff was collecting dust and mold in storage, yet they couldn’t part with it.

Let’s fight against the urge to gather stuff. . . get rid of it! If you don’t use it, pass it on or sell it and put that money to good use. Don’t spend your life chasing stuff because in the end, that is all you will leave behind.” ~Brandon Bower, Client Advocate

Regina’s Life Lesson # 41: Don’t audit life.

As the Tribute Dinner on October 13th rapidly approaches, we wanted to continue in sharing reflections of personal life lessons provided by board members, volunteers and staff of Cancer Services.

Tickets for this event may be purchased online here, at the Cancer Services office or by mail. Give Amber a call at 260 (484)-9560 for more information.

Marcia Reynolds, Finance Assistant of Cancer Services, offers her guidance on feeling alive and taking advantage of all the experiences life has to offer!

“A friend recently told me this joke: A husband said to his wife, ‘Honey, if I’m ever in a vegetative state, really just not aware of anything or anyone around me, just pull the plug.’ So, his wife went over and turned off the T.V.

While funny, this joke really hits home. In fact, I just had this conversation with my son who is leaving for college this fall. I told him he will be in an environment where he will have opportunities to experience so many new and different things. But I feared that too often he may choose to stay in his dorm room and take it easy, or play his video games! I wanted to make sure that he lived life rather than just living. With all of today’s technology, it is so easy to forget that getting up and out is what makes us feel alive.” ~ Marcia Reynolds, Finance Assistance

Local Companies Show Support for Tie1on4 Prostate Cancer

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

Thanks to our Ribbon Crafters

At Cancer Services, with the help of our volunteers, we are able to create and share a series of colored ribbons that represent all of the different kinds of cancer. Cancer survivors and their family members across the region receive these ribbons at our events to signify the community support that is available to them through others who understand the cancer journey.

The ribbons generate a sense of kinship for clients to understand that they are not alone. Through Cancer Services and the community’s support, people fighting cancer are able to experience hope and compassion from their friends and neighbors.

Thanks to all of our volunteers who help to make this possible. With each and every one of our ribbon crafters, we are able to create an over-arching awareness for cancer along with providing a significant support community.