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Tribute Dinner Success

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.

Cutting for the fight against Breast Cancer

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/.

 

Recap: Let Your Hair Down, Girls’ Night Out

by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator

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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.

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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 arecker@cancer-services.org 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!

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