by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator
One person can make a huge impact on the lives of students and on an organization. Todd Roberts, a teacher at Northwood Middle School, is just such a person. Ten years ago, he started Aunt Elena’s Hair Care Challenge to honor his aunt and teach students the value of working to help others. Each year, he agrees to get a funky haircut and wear it for a number of days if certain fundraising goals are met. Students and faculty alike think up and participate in a variety of fundraising ventures to reach these goals throughout November. While having fun, they are working toward a goal and learning the value of helping others.
What was so impressive was the zeal with which these students collected money for charity. They were so happy to contribute to a worthy cause. Many of them have been personally touched by cancer—parents, siblings, grandparents, friends– so they understand the effect it has on people.
On November 21, I attended the wrap-up assembly and received a $4,000 check to be used to help our clients! I also came back with over 50 letters from students telling us why they wanted to help us and what they did to earn their contributions. One comment stands out: “You guys are the rock for cancer patients.”
Thank you Northwood Middle School!
We’ve been talking a lot about being grateful here at Cancer Services. And as you might expect, the objects of our gratitude vary from person to person. But the most common response is the naming of a loved one. Someone who brightens our day, makes us laugh and offers just what we need when we need it.
Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. I’m grateful for the gifts of donors who share their bounty to brighten another’s day. I’m grateful for the cancer patient who comes with a twinkle in his eye to share the latest joke and make me laugh. And I’m grateful for the wise and generous volunteers who know how to help when it is needed most.
As the holiday gift giving season gets underway, consider adding some items to your shopping cart to help those with cancer in our community.
Cancer affects a family in many ways and can make an especially large impact on a family during the holidays. Faced with prescription costs and cancer-related treatment bills, many struggle to provide the bare minimum to keep their household afloat. The most widely distributed items from our warehouse are incontinence products, specifically the pull-up kind. Consider adding these items to your online order from Amazon.com or to your shopping cart this holiday season.
On September 28, the Red Hot Hattitudes held their second annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser and raised $1,800 for our organization. Shown here are Sandy Whitig and Gwen McBride presenting the check to Linda Bewley, Outreach Coordinator. CSNI greatly appreciates the efforts of these Noble County women who support our mission.
by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator
The 9th Annual Beat BC 5k took place on October 20 at Central Noble High School in Albion, IN. This event originated with Judy Hass and her family to benefit local women with breast cancer. I have attended this event many times and am always amazed at the large number of people who come together each year to help their friends and family who have a cancer diagnosis. All proceeds are donated to our organization to help those people in our area who are dealing with the disease.
This year, the event raised $12,000!! Thank you to Judy, her family and all the participants for this donation to help local people with cancer.
We will host licensed massage instructor Lori Schlatter on Saturday, November 10, for Touch Caring and Cancer, a program that teaches participants simple massage techniques to help those with cancer in their lives. The session is $25 per participant- cancer patient or survivor. Bring a caregiver to the training free of charge.
This is a chance to practice touch techniques with an instructor nearby. Previous participants have said:
- Great course…enjoyable, informative and helpful.
- I feel more confident in helping my wife feel better.
- We love it so much! It has drawn us closer.
- We enjoy coming in for massage, but now we can actually do massage ourselves.
- We hold hands more; we even talk a little more.
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Where: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Healing Arts Center, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
For reservations call 260-484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560
On Thursday, October 11, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana presented our eighth annual Tribute Dinner at the Fort Wayne Marriott Marquis Ballroom. The event offered a special evening of memorials and healing laughter within our cancer community. Our Tribute Dinner is an important opportunity to gather with others along this cancer journey, pause and pay tribute to some amazing people. Beautiful tributes were dedicated to many people touched by cancer, including survivors, caregivers, physicians, and lost loved ones.
Guest speaker, Scott Burton, a stand-up comic and world-class juggler, set the tone with the gift of laughter. He shared his story as a cancer survivor and revealed a refreshingly honest perspective of the human side of cancer.
Cancer Services provides meaningful resources, information and compassionate assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families. For every person with cancer whom we meet, we also come to know the people around them, who love and care for them during their journey. Events such as our Tribute Dinner allow us to succeed in our mission and aid in the quality of life for cancer patients here in Northeast Indiana.
Allison Stier, owner of Studio Eclipse Salon in Fort Wayne, has been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. To help raise money for her treatment expenses and for programs at Cancer Services, stylists and salon owners from over a dozen area salons will be participating in “Cutting for the Fight Against Breast Cancer” from noon until 6pm on Nov. 4, at Studio Eclipse Salon in Pine Valley Mall.
People who want to participate in “Cutting for the Fight Against Breast Cancer” can get a haircut, clear color gloss treatment, conditioning treatment, temporary pink chalk streaks, nail polishing, or a massage. In addition, there will be a raffle featuring a week long stay in a 2 bedroom beachfront Siesta Key vacation condo, a set of BF Goodrich tires, a pendant and earring set from Shannon Jewelers, Redken hair products and more. All services at this cut-a-thon will be for a suggested donation that is lower than the normal value. Our organization will receive 10% of the proceeds.
For more information, visit http://www.allisonpepplestier.com/.