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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

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.

Summit City Parrothead Club to Host Cruise Fundraiser

The Summit City Parrothead Club invites you to its 2nd Annual Buffett “Jolly Mon” Cruise aboard the S.S. Lillypad on Saturday, August 18. All proceeds from the event will benefit our organization.

S.S. Lillypad is located at the Frog Tavern on Lake Wawasee. The boat will leave from the dock promptly at 2PM and will return at 5PM. Guests will enjoy tropical tunes and fun in the sun. A cash bar will be available. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Tickets are $30 and includes boat fee, food, raffle tickets and more.

For reservations or additional questions, email “Admiral Brian” at or call (260) 341-6115. Visit the club’s webpage for more information.

Thank You Cobblestone Ladies Golf Association

(L-R) Linda Moses, Lin Swooger, Phyllis Weber, Linda Bewley, Pat Treesh

Yesterday afternoon, members of the Cobblestone Ladies Golf Association dropped by to present us with the proceeds from their 16th Annual Swing for Cancer. Through their efforts, they were able to raise over $6,000 for our organization. There simply aren’t enough words to express our thanks.


Making an Impact

Aaron and Erica Brown

Fort Wayne resident Aaron Brown and his family made a commitment last year to volunteer for 52 organizations in one year. Not only did they meet that goal, but they’ve decided to keep going and volunteer every week for a second year, as well. Their goal is motivate others to serve and to illustrate how easy it is to do so.

Last week, Aaron volunteered for us, transporting a client to treatment. He wrote about his experience on his blog, Impact 52. Read about his experience and check out his others stories too.

Thank you, Aaron, for making our community a better place!

A Note From a Client’s Mother

We often receive thank you notes from clients and family members. It’s our mission to support those with cancer and their families in our community and receiving these notes tell us we are doing what we say we do. It’s our promise to our clients, and it’s important to us.

Here’s a note we received last week from a client’s mother:

Dear Peter,

My daughter first visited your office in March 2012. After that first visit, you and your agency provided not only many services, but you became her friends. She talked very highly of you and how much your talks helped her. So many times when she was anxious or despaired, you helped her through it. Thank you so much for being there for her. Her phone calls would sometimes drive me crazy, but I would give anything to be able to talk to her again. She would have been very pleased to see how many people came to her funeral.

Thank you again for all you do for everyone.


Invisible Ink- working through grief

by Beth Heironimus

In May of 2011, my sister-in-law died. She was much more to me than a sister-in-law, or even a sister — she was a combination surrogate mother and a best friend.

I’ve experienced losses before. My mother and father are both gone. Friends gave me books about grief. I didn’t want books about grief. I wanted my sister-in-law. Our relationship was complicated, and I was struggling to find my way without her.

A friend suggested a workshop, “Invisible Ink,” that was to be held at Cancer Services. It was free, and so I thought I’d give it a try. It involved writing a series of letters to the person lost. That sounds simple, but it is challenging, enlightening, cathartic, painful and freeing all at the same time. You are guided through the process by a caring and skilled facilitator and each session involves a meditation followed by writing and discussion.

Not only have I found it to be a freeing experience for me, it has been powerful to watch other members of the group come to grips with their own losses. We come to grief from differing perspectives. Losing someone dear is never easy. Some deaths are long and arduous, others sudden and shocking. All are painful.

What a gift this workshop has been to me. I would recommend it to anyone regardless of where they are on their own grief journey. It has helped me not only to grieve, but also to grow.

Invisible Ink will be offered again in the fall. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a notification when dates are available.

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