Month: December 2011

Calling all quilters… and crafters… and supporters!

We are creating a quilt and we need your help! For our annual auction, which will take place on February 25, 2012, we will auction off a quilt made from squares designed by cancer survivors and volunteers.

Want to be a part of it?

You can pick up your square from Cancer Services and let your imagination take it from there. The slideshow features squares that have already been turned in.

You may use any type of permanent media like markers, crayons, stitching, etc. You can even embellish the square with 3-D materials like beads and ribbons. Just remember that all material must be washable.

Your square must be returned to us no later than January 23 to ensure that the quilt can be assembled in time for our event.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Linda Bewley or (260) 484-9560. Or simply stop in and pick up a square.

Thanks to Something Old Something New’s 4th Annual Benefit Sale

Something Old Something New Consignment Boutique held it’s 4th annual $1.00 sale in October to benefit us here at Cancer Services, so that we are able to provide services and support for local families who have been affected by cancer.

We would like to send our thanks and gratitude to Diana Johnson of Something Old Something New Consignment Boutique for her continued support of our service to the community.

Diana has been personally touched by cancer, and so to honor her mother, she has decided to hold this event now for the 4th year in a row.

The $1.00 sale is held for the items that the contracts have expired on and these items are for sale in the building next to the consignment shop. All items at one point were for sale in the main area of the consignment shop. The select items are all $1.00 each, with more than 3,000 items in the sale!

In the past, merchants have donated gift cards, so for this year’s sale, Diana asked local Waynedale merchants if they would participate again. People signed up for the drawings and the week after the sale, Diana reveals the winners of the draw. This year she had gift cards from Waynedale Bakery, Bandidos, Pizza Hut, Subway and Marathon Gas.

Time Well Spent with Cancer Services, an intern’s reflection

As my time with Amber and the rest of the staff here at Cancer Services begins to wrap up, I have taken some time to reflect on my journey that brought me to this wonderful organization.

Seven years ago, cancer touched my family. I remember every detail and emotion of the day my sister and I found out that our mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer is a scary word that nobody ever wants to hear and is a journey found all too common for many individuals and families today. Cancer Services is here for this very reason, and I’m happy to be a positive voice for this organization today in spreading its mission to others!

I am evermore grateful for this opportunity I was given to spend my semester with Cancer Services. As I sit here thinking about how this will be the last blog post that I get to be a part of, it makes me not quite ready to move on from here. This experience was so much more than just a marketing internship for me; it has become a journey of learning about service, a service I hope to contribute to for years to come.

I knew the day I stepped foot into the offices of Cancer Services for a Friends For Lunch event with Amber that this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Touring the facility and hearing all the stories she shared with us, it really hit home for me. Standing in the wig room brought back memories of shaving my mom’s head and finally being able to make something so emotional into something we could laugh and giggle about together.

When I hear passion, I can immediately relate it to Amber. She has this passion about her that continues to grow for others to feed off of. Amber is a very valuable person to Cancer Services and our entire community. I don’t even question the fact of losing contact with Amber. The mentor that she has been for me and will continue to be is what drives me to learn and to serve others.

In all honesty, I was nervous when I initially found out I would be the voice of the Cancer Services blog and e-Carelines newsletter, along with much more. I came into this position freshly deciding on pursuing a Public Relations minor because of the role that it plays in marketing and communications for companies. I have always enjoyed writing, but never had the confidence in myself to prepare content for anything other than what was necessary for some English class research paper. All it took was minor direction from Amber and I was able to develop myself into an efficient and confident writer. When faced with a challenge, I was able to teach myself how to work to overcome it.

Although I didn’t think I would ever come to the end of this blogging spectrum I’ve been apart of the past four months, I was wrong. Because as I sit here on my last day with Cancer Services typing this blog, I realize this is my last time speaking to the volunteers, clients, community and staff of Cancer Services by use of my very own words. I hope to know that I was able to connect with all of you through my blogging for the organization.

I have extremely enjoyed getting to know and work along side each and every member of the staff here at Cancer Services. I know that from all of them leading by example, I am just another step closer to being prepared to step out into the real world of marketing and public relations. I would like to thank you all for each opportunity I was given and for believing in me along the way.

I look forward to keeping in touch!

Kristin Newbauer
Fall 2011 Marketing Intern

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Each year, we set aside a morning to come together as a staff and decorate the office for the holidays. Last Tuesday was our day and we had a lot of fun!

The holiday season also brings a lot of giving here at Cancer Services. Through the Allen County Christmas Bureau, we participated in ‘adopting’ 15 of our client families this Christmas season. Gifts are purchased by local organizations and members of the community for our clients through the Christmas Bureau. The minimum requirement calls for an outfit, one item off of each wish list and a Christmas dinner for the family; but here at Cancer Services, we are able to provide our families with more, including food, cleaning supplies and household items.

It is exciting times as our client families make the trips in to our office, full of holiday spirit, for their Christmas Bureau items. No one can dispute the burden of cancer and its financial impact on families. Many of our clients who are newly diagnosed will struggle to celebrate the holidays this season, but this is just another way all of us here at Cancer Services can help.

Kroger Scott’s Present Cancer Day 2011 Fundraising Campaign Results

On Friday, December 2, at the Kroger Marketplace store on Dupont road, Amber Recker met Kroger officials for the check presentation of the 33rd annual “Kroger Scott’s Cancer Day 2011” fundraising campaign. We were presented a check totaling $25,289 from The Kroger Co.

We send our thanks out to Kroger and their customers who helped make this event the success it was. At Cancer Services, we are grateful for our relationship with Kroger, and know without their corporate leadership and support, we wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do to the families affected by cancer in our community.

Kroger donated 3% of sales to us and the American Cancer Society on October 12th, as 16 regional Kroger and Scott’s stores participated. Proceeds for 2011 total $61,156, while over the past 33 years, total support for local cancer organizations from the Cancer Day event exceeds $4.5 million.

Between October 12-19th, Kroger customers were able to contribute their extra change or additional cash to our organization, along with ACS by “rounding up” their purchases. Round-up donations from the 16 Northeast Indiana stores totaled $11,156.

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Recap

On Friday, we hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. We say it over and over again, but we could not help as many families as we do without our dedicated volunteers. Each year, our volunteer coordinator, Cheryl, throw a big party for all of our volunteers- this year, over 200 attended and enjoyed an entertaining “name that ice cream flavor” game and the sounds of Christmas Bells.

Here are a few stats about our volunteers:

Our transportation volunteers provided 476 trips for our clients, driving them to and from treatments centers.

Our volunteer receptionist come in each week, greeting our clients with a warm smile, answering phones and keeping things running smoothly. Collectively, they gave 645 hours to us this year.

Our health fair volunteers represented us at 37 events this year, offering information and material about our programs and services.

Our office helpers, wig salon stylist, card makers, ribbon makers, chef and handyman are perfect examples of the variety of skills and talents that help further our mission. Our volunteer coordinator, Cheryl, was able to calculate the hours donated for many of the other categories of volunteers, but this one was a toughy. So we put our heads together and gave it our best shot, and we came up with about 1200 hours.

Our volunteer massage therapist provided 298 relaxation massages to our clients and primary caregivers.

Our special events volunteers donated more than 1200 hours in planning, implementing, and assisting with our events.

Our sewing group volunteers make bed pads for our clients and donated 5,411 hours washing, ironing, cutting, pinning, and sewing 6,072 bed pads for us.

Our mailing volunteers folded, tabbed, stuffed, and prepared 104,007 pieces of mail this year, which included newsletters, appeals, client calendars, and inspirational letters to our clients.

All together volunteers have donated 12, 020 hours this past year.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

12 Bands Before Christmas

The 12 Bands Before Christmas Festival has selected us as a beneficiary. The event is December 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at Sunset Hall, 6809 S. Hanna, Fort Wayne.

Local and acoustic bands will perform for an all-ages audience, while face painting, water tattoos and body drawing is also included in this event. Children ten and under are admitted free and will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and receive a small gift.

Everyone who attends is invited to help local families by donating canned goods for a local food pantry and warm coats for the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.

Proceeds from the 50/50 drawing and silent auction will be split among the charities the event has chosen to support. The holiday festival will offer a cash bar, luncheonette and gift shop with the participating band’s merchandise available for purchase.

This year’s event, as well as past, have been dedicated to our armed forces here and abroad with the Disabled American Veterans being the main charity. Discounted tickets will be available for members of the armed forces with their military I.D.

The 12 Bands Before Christmas Festival is sponsored in part by Big Mama Promotions, Dimension 4 Media and F.O.C.U.S Productions. Tickets are on sale and may be purchased at Phantom Fireworks on Lima Road, Wooden Nickel on Clinton or Jam Crib on North Anthony Blvd; costs are $8 for pre-sell and $10 at the door.