Month: February 2012

IPFW Men’s Volleyball, Blue Out event- March 2

The IPFW Men’s Volleyball team and Lutheran Health Network have named us as the beneficiary of this Friday’s Blue Out Event to raise awareness for prostate cancer. A portion of the proceeds from admission will be donated to our organization. Tickets are $3 for men, and $7 for everyone else and are available at the door on Friday evening.

Mattress Warehouse’s annual ad campaign continues to raise money for CSNI

Janet Stephenson, board chair; Fran and her staff; Dianne May, CEO

Fran Good, owner of Mattress Warehouse, has sponsored a fundraising campaign every December for the past 6 years to benefit our organization. Several years ago, Fran’s best friend Terry was diagnosed with cancer and came to our organization for assistance. We answered his questions and provided him with the supplies he needed to make his cancer journey a little easier. Because of the impact we had on Terry’s life, Fran has decided to give back as much as she can and does so through the annual fundraising campaign. Terry passed away a few years ago and Fran says she wants to do something to keep his memory alive. A portion of mattress sales during the month of December is donated to us, and this year, Fran and her team presented our board with a check for $7,500.

“People tell me they come in during December to buy a new mattress specifically because we donate to Cancer Services. You’ve touched a lot of people ,” Fran says. “You help without asking questions and give people the support they need. That’s a big deal and I will never forget how much you helped Terry and me.”

We are so thankful for Mattress Warehouse’s ongoing support and for our friendship with Fran and her staff.

CSNI Inspires New Wig Salon at The Gathering Place in Cleveland

By Dianne May, president & CEO

I often meet cancer survivors who have a passion to help those walking the cancer journey. They feel they have learned so much through their experience they can make someone else’s experience a little easier.

For Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana that passion to share information happens on a corporate level too. We often network with sister organizations to share ideas and find better ways to care for people with cancer on a community level. That’s why it was a real joy last fall to meet Regina Brett, a writer, cancer survivor and volunteer with The Gathering Place in Cleveland, Ohio.

Regina visited Cancer Services before speaking at our fall dinner. She said lots of nice things during her visit, but she was bowled over when she stepped into the wig salon. Tears welled up in her eyes as memories about her own experience came flooding back. Then her survivor passion kicked in. She decided before leaving Fort Wayne that she had to help her local organization create a wig salon.

They are well on their way to providing wigs for women with cancer in Cleveland. Read about her story here: The Gathering Place Launches Wig-Lending Program

Client Story: Unexpected Blessings… Kara McKinney & family

Kara McKinney with her husband Brad and their children

April 1, 2009, is the day life changed for Kara McKinney and her family. She received the news all women dread: “You have breast cancer.”

“I don’t remember much after hearing those words,” Kara says. “All I could think about was my children- three and one at the time. I was afraid they would never know their mother.”

Kara knew she had to fight. “I strapped on my seatbelt and started on this wild roller coaster ride. I cycled through all of the emotions…denial, fear, anger, sadness and finally acceptance,” she says. “And then, I found the biggest change in my journey. I gave it over to God and my inner soul started breathing again.”

Kara had a lumpectomy and fortunately, the cancer had not spread; however, she had to undergo chemotherapy. “I lost all of my hair and had side effects that I can’t even mention,” she explains. “It was hard.”

But Kara also had good days. She was able to bake a cake for both of her children’s birthdays during her treatment. And because of her husband’s strength and resolve to carry his family through this difficult time, Kara and her children were given a refuge in the backyard during her treatment, which he transformed for them into a playground.

“I am so grateful for Brad. I cannot begin to tell you how much he means to me,” Kara says. “He is my soul mate, through sickness and health.”

Kara is also grateful for the help she and her family received from Cancer Services. “My Client Advocate, Maureen, is an angel sent from God,” she says. “Not only did she provide emotional support and two wigs, she also helped me secure insurance for me and my children through Medicaid. She was relentless in her pursuit to open doors for me.”

Shortly after Kara was diagnosed with cancer, her husband’s company changed their policy and discontinued insurance coverage for dependents. “There’s no way we would have been able to pay for my treatment and regular doctor’s visits for my children,” she explains. “Maureen saved our lives.”

Today, Kara is done with the surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy and is starting to feel normal again. “I still have struggles,” she admits. “Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and wonder ‘who is that woman?’ I often joke with my husband that he has a new wife. But in all seriousness, cancer has changed me, mentally and physically, and that takes some getting used to.”

With each day Kara gets stronger. “Cancer provides unexpected blessings,” she says. “I have a new appreciation for faith, family and life. I am blessed.”



Step away from the familiar down a path toward positive change

by Gail Hamm, program director

“…you need only step away from the well-worn circular path to explore the untried paths that lie beyond it…”

Daily OM, Begetting Change: Same Choices, Same Results, Feb 6, 2012

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and stay there, whether it’s a mundane day-to-day work situation, a going-nowhere relationship, or deep grief over any life situation. You know you are stuck when each day brings the same unfulfilled feelings, and you believe that there is no way out of the situation. In that frame of mind, it seems that nothing can or will change.

The secret of escape is to realize the situation will never change unless you do. It means changing the dance… that is, not doing the same thing over and over. How many times do you keep trying to unlock the door until you realize you are using the wrong key? How many times do you flip the light switch before you realize the power is off or the bulb has burned out? Doing the same thing over and over will not change the outcome.

So as you take another lap down that rut, remember: “you need only step away from the well-worn circular path to explore the untried paths that lie beyond it…”



Summit City ParrotHead Club donates proceeds to CSNI from 2011 Fall Fundraiser

The Summit City ParrotHead Club (SCPHC) held its annual Fall Fundraiser, a special event benefitting Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at 4D’s Bar & Grill. Donations were accepted and lots of donated items were raffled off to help raise money for people with cancer in our community. The fundraiser featured music by the Party Boat Band and Don Middlebrook of Living Soul from Michigan.

SCPHC raised $1,500 for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and we cannot thank them enough. Members of the club presented a check to our development director, Amber Recker, on Saturday, January 28.

The Summit City ParrotHead Club is the only sanctioned ParrotHead club in Fort Wayne. They are a not-for-profit group that organizes community service projects each year. Several fundraising events are held for various charities in our community. Club members simply embrace the writings and music of Jimmy Buffet and choose to leave this world just a little better than we found it while having fun doing it. Our Mission is to give back to our community, the environment, and man(and animal)kind.

Columbia City High School hosts shots against cancer

The Columbia City High School boy’s basketball team held a fundraiser on Friday, January 27, for prostate cancer awareness. The event was called “Go Blue – Shots Against Cancer.” The team auctioned off the blue basketball jerseys they wore on Friday night with a raffle that featured a bio on each teammate. The money raised is being donated to Whitley County Cancer Care Endowment Fund which is an organization that provides financial support to local non-profits that service people with cancer in Whitley County.

Linda Bewley, our Outreach Coordinator, was at the game giving away blue ribbons and selling blue prostate cancer bracelets. “The event had a lot of community participation and was so much fun,” Bewley said. Bewley was blown away by the community support and the enthusiasm of the basketball team.

Barbara’s New Beginnings donates proceeds from Bras Across the Bridge

Last year, Barbara’s New Beginnings teamed up with 97.3 WMEE radio to support Bras Across the Bridge.

Bras Across the Bridge was hosted at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The event was a visual symbol of breast cancer awareness, hope, and survival. Bras Across the Bridge hopes to get women talking about early detection of breast cancer and about getting mammograms.

Barbara’s New Beginnings made a generous donation to CSNI as a symbol of support for fighting cancer.

About Barbara’s New Beginnings
Barbara’s New Beginnings fitters provide award winning personalized service and professional fitting. Our store carries bridal lingerie, plus sizes, hard-to-fit sizes, prosthesis and post-mastectomy items, bathing suits, accessories, and more. Barbara’s New Beginnings won The Best of Intima’s Best Shop Awards for Best Personalized Service.

Journey Around the World

Cancer Services – Journey Around The World from Media 401 on Vimeo.

On February 25, we will “Journey Around the World” to raise money for our programs to support people with cancer in our community. We invite you to bring your appetite and join us on this special night.

Now in its 9th year, the Design on Life Event is bigger and better than ever before. “Journey Around the World” will feature a wine tasting and a sampling of international cuisine, as well as a silent and live auction. We’ve secured some exciting auction items, including a trip to Hawaii, fine jewelry, stunning artwork, celebrity autographed memorabilia and much more! View our online catalog to catch a sneak peek of auction items up for bid.

This just in! We will host a raffle for your chance to win an iPad 2!

Our host and travel guide for the evening’s events is the lovely and charismatic Barb Richards of WAJI-Magic 95.1 FM. Upon arrival, you will receive your “passport”, which serves as your ticket to bid on amazing auction items. Take home a lavish gift basket knowing your dollars will directly impact the lives of your community neighbors. Proceeds from the event 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.

We look forward to seeing you and your entourage at the gate. Bon Voyage!

WHAT: Journey Around the World –
Live and silent auction, fundraiser for Cancer Services

LIFT OFF: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 6:30 P.M.

NEW LOCATION: Ceruti’s Summit Park (The Diamond Room), 6601 Innovation Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46818

TICKET FARE: $50 per person if purchased before February 5;
$75 per person after February 5

Proceed here to purchase tickets online safely and securely via PayPal, or contact Amber Recker at (260) 484-9560 or Tickets will be mailed to you upon receipt of payment.

Complimentary tickets to the Fort Wayne Home & Garden show are included with the purchase of tickets to this event.

2012 Event Sponsors
Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center, Kroger, Vera Bradley, Comcast, Fun 101.7 WLDE, WAJI- Magic 95.1 FM, Steffen Group, Windows Doors & More, Steel Dynamics, PHP, Aesthetic Plant Specialists, Andy Pauquette Photography, All Occasions, Salin Bank, Just Sue, Belmont Beverage, Vino LeFebvre, Fischer Trucking