Month: August 2012

“Life with Prostate Cancer” Seminar, 9/11

September is prostate cancer awareness month, and we are proud to partner with The Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Prostate Cancer Coordinating Committee to present “Life with Prostate Cancer,” a seminar for prostate cancer patients, survivors, and loved ones. This seminar is designed to provide prostate cancer patients with information to live life more fully after diagnosis and treatment.

The seminar will be held at our facility on Tuesday, September 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and features keynote presentations from Dr. Donald Urban of Parkview Physicians Group, as well as Dr. Theodore Wagner of Northeast Indiana Urology. Bill Seidel, a prostate cancer survivor, will give a special guest presentation on “Tricks Learned in Dealing with Prostate Cancer.” Topics of discussion will include survivorship, intimacy, and treatment.

For more information, please visit the ICC website or the Life with Prostate Cancer registration page. Reservations may also be made by calling Cancer Services at (260) 484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560.

Excluding all types of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States and Indiana. Approximately 1 in 6 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1 in 36 will die from it during their lifetime (visit Prostate Cancer in Indiana to learn more).

TinCaps to don blue jersey in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness

Tomorrow night, the TinCaps will don white and blue jerseys to help raise awareness for prostate cancer. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the game and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our organization.

Also that night, Parkview is hosting a Men’s Health and PSA Screening event.

Free health and cancer screenings will be offered, including PSA, blood pressure, bone density, glucose, EZ Dectect Kits, skin screening, and various other activities/screenings. Appointments are not necessary.

Contact Debi Kennedy at Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center at (260) 266-9180 if you have questions.

Laugh Out Loud Tribute Dinner Speaker


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.

Men’s Health Event and PSA Screening

Parkview Field is hosting a Men’s Health Event with PSA screenings on the following dates:

August 21, 6-9 PM
(must attend the TinCaps game to participate)

August 22, 11 AM- 6 PM
(open to the community)

Free health and cancer screenings offered, including PSA, blood pressure, bone density, glucose, EZ Dectect Kits, skin screening, and various other activities/screenings. Appointments are not necessary.

Contact Debi Kennedy at Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center at (260) 266-9180 if you have questions.

Welcome Tina Roy!

We are excited to welcome Tina Roy to our staff as Assistant Program Director and Children’s Advocate. Tina is a Fort Wayne native and Indiana University graduate. In her role, she is responsible for the coordination and planning of our complementary care programs like massage, exercise, Tai Chi and more, as well as assisting families of children with cancer.

“Tina is an experienced social worker, and I am glad to have her on board to help move our complementary care programs to the next level,” says Gail Hamm, program director.’

If you have any questions for Tina or ideas to share with her, you may email her at troy@cancer-services.org.

A very special visit, a very special gift

Amber and her sister proudly display their donation to our organization

Our office was moved to tears yesterday when 14-year-old Amber Nelson stopped by with her mom and sister to make a very kind donation. Last year, she made a commitment to donate her birthday money to our organization in honor of her grandmother and stopped by on her birthday with her donation. This year, she made the same commitment and took it even further, hosting a bake sale, soliciting family and friends for donations, and saving her Christmas money. As a result of her efforts, she donated $200 to our organization to help people with cancer in our community.

We could not do what we do without our generous donors. And while we appreciate all of our donors, it truly moves us when a young woman like Amber makes such a sacrifice for the sake of others… focusing on giving rather than receiving. She is our hero. Thank you, Amber.