Month: October 2012

Recap: Let Your Hair Down, Girls’ Night Out

by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator


Linda and Kathy, the event organizer

I had the pleasure of attending, “Let Your Hair Down, Girl’s Night Out” on October 19, to benefit our organization.

Over 100 women enjoyed the evening that featured a buffet dinner, raffle, and 12 vendors in differing areas selling their products. My role was to explain the services that we provide to those with cancer in our community. I found that our ribbon display was the ideal ice breaker. The women found it easy to share stories with me and with each other over the ribbons they selected to wear—telling one touching story after another. By the end of the evening, a majority of women were wearing ribbon “corsages” in support of all those they knew who have been touched by this disease.

Kathy Roberts started this event last year in conjunction with a fundraiser her husband Todd has been doing at Northwood Middle School for 10 years. He has decided that this is his last year, but since both Kathy and Todd feel that giving back to the community is important, they have decided to make this event a yearly one with our organization as the non profit beneficiary.


Kathy and her husband Todd present Linda with the proceeds from the event.

Kathy and Todd came to the agency on Thursday and presented us with a check for $1,600! Thank you so very much for this gift and for the support you are showing to Cancer Services!

Our Healing Garden takes shape

Earlier this year, we began construction on a 3,000 sq. ft. outdoor space for people with cancer and their families to experience the beauty and peace of nature, a place to restore the mind, body and spirit—a Healing Garden. Last week, the pergola and some of the brick work was completed. Today, volunteers gathered to help plant flowers and shrubs. The garden is taking shape! We welcome you to come and see for yourself!

Tom and Donna Kaiser help plant flowers this morning in the Healing Garden

We are very excited to bring you this relaxing garden. We anticipate participants in re-Energize and Tai Chi to be early users of this space and encourage others to come and spend time here too!

Randy Lauer pitches in this morning to help transform our Healing Garden space.

New Workshop Starting in November: Invisible Ink

This November, Invisible Ink: Writing Through Your Grief, returns. The workshop will explore the therapeutic practice of writing about traumatic experiences to heal your pain. In this active approach to moving through grief, you will write letters to your loved one each week to express different aspects of your loss. Brief guided meditations will help you relax and write about the ways in which your loved one’s death has affected you.

Beginning November 1, the program will meet on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00PM at the Healing Arts Center at Cancer Services and is open to nine participants in support of each other.

The workshop will be lead by Kathy Curtis, an artist, author and facilitator who has spent 20 years teaching adults and children to tap into the healing power of creative expression. When her mother died three months after being diagnosed with cancer, Kathy wrote letters to relieve her feelings of loss. Her book, Invisible Ink: The Journey Beyond Words, and the companion workshop share the power of this approach with others who may feel stuck in their grief.

This course is also available online for anyone who would prefer to experience it in the privacy of their own home. For more information, please visit Kathy’s website.

Miranda McConnell: An 8th Grade Inspiration!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank a young lady who has made a contribution to Cancer Services in honor of her grandmother, recently diagnosed with cancer. Miranda McConnell knows firsthand the toll that cancer can take and the relief that a wig can bring, returning some degree of normalcy during chemo therapy.

Miranda partnered with Indian Springs Middle School’s 8th grade community service projects team to donate wigs to Cancer Services. The project is ongoing as the inspiration spreads and donations continue coming in. Miranda says that “the knowledge that someone might be helped through the donation is reward enough.”

Our gratitude goes out to Miranda, her family, and all of the 8th graders who participated in this collection and donation. You are all an inspiration to our cancer community.

“Let Your Hair Down” on October 19th at Booker’s

On October 19, you can “Let Your Hair Down” at Booker’s for a ladies night out event with vendors, dinner, and a drink provided with ticket purchase, with some proceeds benefiting Cancer Services.

Some of this year’s vendors include Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Vault Denim, and Close to My Heart Scrapbooking (for the whole list, visit their website). The event begins at 6PM and guests will receive dinner to get the evening started and a drink to keep it going while shopping with all of the vendors until 10PM. There will also be prize drawings with one ticket included in your purchase price.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased over the phone from Project Manager Kathy Roberts, (260) 415 – 1687. So call up the girls, clear your schedules, and “Let Your Hair Down” at Booker’s on Friday, Oct. 19th!

Bust a Move Recap- over $38,000 raised!

Over 400 people attended Bust a Move on Friday, October 5, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and helped raise over $38,000 for our programs and services for breast cancer survivors in our community. What an inspirational evening. Thanks to everyone who was a part of making it a success.

To help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the event, we unveiled a 5th Anniversary calendar, highlighting some of the most popular pieces from past years. Those are available for sale for $20 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s gift shop and at our office. You may email to order one as well. They are beautiful.

Again, we could not do what we do without the generous support of our community. We hope you will join us next year!

“Battle the Boobs for Breast Cancer” with Dan & Dude of K105FM

Do you or someone you know enjoy Laser Tag? Well the “Boobs” of K105FM, Dan & Dude, known for their Morning Show antics, will be hosting “Battle the Boobs for Breast Cancer” at Ultrazone Laser Tag, with all proceeds benefiting Cancer Services!

The showdown begins at 6PM on Tuesday, October 16th. Admissions will be discounted to $5.00, all of which will benefit our breast cancer support programs here at CSNI.

So get the grandkids together or call up your friends and join Dan & Dude at Ultrazone for a “Battle the Boobs” royal!

“Sadie’s Day Dollar Sale” Oct. 11-13th

Something Old, Something New Consignment Boutique will host its 5th annual “Sadie’s Day Dollar Sale” from October 11-13. The sale will be held in the business space next door to the main store. Items from the entire selection of 3,000 sale pieces, once for sale in the main area of the boutique, will be sold for only $1.00! Proceeds will benefit the cancer care and support programs here at Cancer Services.

Diane Johnson of Something Old, Something New Consignment Boutique has been personally touched by cancer with the diagnosis of her mother. She hosts this event in honor of her mother.

Location: 2519 Lower Huntington Rd.

Kroger Scott’s Cancer Day 2012- TOMORROW

The 34th annual Kroger Scott’s Cancer Day 2012 is tomorrow!

Kroger will donate 3% of sales on October 10th to American Cancer Society and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. This year, 18 Kroger and Scott’s banner stores in the region will participate. Kroger Cancer Day 2011 total proceeds were $61,156. Over 33 years, the annual Cancer Day event has raised $4,536,951 for local cancer organizations.

Kroger customers will be given the opportunity to contribute to the two cancer organizations by donating cash in increments of $1, $3 or $5 between Wednesday, October 10th and Wednesday, October 17th. There is no limit to the total amount a customer can contribute. In appreciation, Kroger is offering a special Cancer Day ad with savings opportunities available only in the 18 northeast Indiana stores.