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Accepting Nominations for Champion of Hope Award

Last year, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana introduced the William A. Kunkel III Champion of Hope Award, an honor designed to recognize an individual who embodies the mission of Cancer Services through his or her lifelong commitment to enhancing the quality of life of those affected by cancer in Northeast Indiana.

“Our clients tell us all of the time that having caring companionship and practical help means so much on a difficult cancer journey,” says Jill Nichols, co-chair of the Champions of Hope Selection committee. “It is important that we honor those who have made that assistance possible.”

Cancer Services’ board of directors bestowed the first award on its namesake, William A. Kunkel III, who has served in many volunteer roles, including board member since 1959.

“Bill’s service to Cancer Services has been exemplary,” says Tom Horton, co-chair of the Champions of Hope Selection committee. “The award was an honor long overdue.”

Cancer Services is accepting nominations for this year’s award. The recipient should demonstrate an unparalleled devotion to the organization as a volunteer, advocate, friend and companion, leading by example and exhibiting unwavering compassion.

Please visit our website to fill out the nomination form: cancer-services.org. Be sure to include information regarding how the nominee demonstrates leadership, compassion, and devotion to Cancer Services, including examples which address quality of life issues for people with cancer.

Nominations may be submitted by June 1, 2011 to Dianne May, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825, or via email to dmay@cancer-services.org.

LinkedIn In Depth- June 14

LinkedIn and Lunch at Cancer Services

Cancer Services is proud to announce the first in a series of social media luncheons: LinkedIn In Depth, presented by Anthony Juliano of Asher Agency, on June 14 at11:30.

Have you ever wondered if you should be using LinkedIn? Or if you are, how you can us it more effectively? This luncheon is for you.

According to a Nielsen study, nearly 38 percent of LinkedIn users earn more than $100,000 annually. Nevertheless, LinkedIn tends to be a somewhat misunderstood and underappreciated social media tool. This session is designed to help participants understand why LinkedIn should be at the center of their professional and business development strategies. Attendees will learn how to use LinkedIn effectively, make the most of its features, and promote their expertise to an audience specifically focused on business content and opportunities.

Cost to attend is a $10 donation to Cancer Services, which includes a light lunch. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Tickets Available for Discom-BOOB-ulated

Local playwright and cancer survivor Denise Buhr received 1st place honors from the Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival for her play Discom-BOOB-ulated. We were honored to receive a generous donation from Denise from her winnings earlier this year. We are doubly honored to offer our clients an opportunity to see the play on June 4, 2011.

Discom-BOOB-ulated is about a young woman who must return to her hometown and while there she is diagnosed with breast cancer. The play follows her through a year of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Rather than focusing on the medical treatments, the play looks at how this abrupt change in her life affects her relationships with the people around her.

We have limited tickets available for two shows on June 4, 2011 at noon and 4PM at the Allen County Library Auditorium Downtown Fort Wayne. Tickets limited to 2 per client.

If you’d like to attend, please call Krista at (260) 484-9560 to reserve your tickets. Tickets are available at our office for pick up.

My Last Day- An Intern’s Perspective

by Brandon Borders, development & marketing intern

Things look a lot different today, the last day of my Internship, than they did six years ago.

Six years ago, I was a junior in high school. I played Soccer — the best sport in the world — for Columbia City High School and with a club in Fort Wayne, was involved with church, and had a few good buddies I enjoyed hanging out with. For the most part, I had not a care in the world.

I thought I knew a lot about myself back then. I thought I had it all figured out.

Then came cancer. The nasty disease that you often heard about but never thought would happen to you or your family. Well, it did, when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer over five years ago.

To be honest, at the time, I didn’t realize the significance of the diagnosis. But throughout her five-year fight, I learned a lot about myself.

Through watching my mom persevere through the journey, celebrating when the cancer seemed to disappear and fearlessly pushing forward when it reappeared, I learned what it meant to fight. Nothing is harder in life than going through Cancer, and I’ve seen no one fight harder than her.

Through generous gifts of meals, money and time from friends and family from across the country and from our local church, I learned the impact of Christ’s love in action.

Through the way my dad took care of mom during her fight, I learned what type of man I could be. I learned by example what it meant to love unconditionally, through “sickness and in health,” a vow I will be making to my soon-to-be-wife.

Through talking with mom just last summer about the possibility of not making it much longer, the difficulty in continuing the fight, and her desire to be with God in heaven, which she did last July.

All of these things and more, in one way or another, led me to pursue an internship at Cancer Services. The impact an organization like Cancer Services can have in a cancer patient’s life is enormous. I learned that from my mom’s life, and realized the importance of Cancer Services on a trip with my Huntington University public relations practicum class last Fall to meet with Amber Recker.

My experience as an Intern here has been more fruitful than I could have ever imagined. It has allowed me to utilize my talents, while fulfilling a deeper inner purpose that I barely knew existed. Everything I have helped accomplish at Cancer Services, whether it be working on e-Carelines or cutting out stencils, makes a difference.

Today, nearly six years after my mom’s initial diagnosis, I am wrapping up my last day at Cancer Services. It is sad, but exciting, as well. A new chapter of life is about to begin, and I’m excited about the person I have become, thankful for the people in my life, and excited about the opportunities to support Cancer Services in the future.

*As an intern at Cancer Services, Brandon was instrumental in designing and implementing our bi-weekly e-newsletter, e-Carelines. He also created a flickr account for the organization and countless graphic elements, including invitations, postcards, agency brochures. He wrote press releases and blog posts and proofed grant proposals and reports. His work here helped further the mission of our organization and gave him insight into what a job in PR/Marketing would be like. He will be missed!

Ribbon Painting Project

We’d like to thank a group of volunteers from Vera Bradley for helping us paint our gigantic cancer ribbon, which will be used at our upcoming Lapper for team pictures.

(pictured above: Kathleen Kerner, Mica Smith and Vicki Redding)

The Lapper & Survivors Day committees wanted something that represents all types of cancer. Volunteers worked hard last night to stencil a rainbow of cancer ribbons onto the 7-foot-tall wooden ribbon.

For information about how you can volunteer, visit cancer-services.org or call our volunteer coordinator Cheryl Dafforn at (260) 484-9560.

Comfort During Chaos

by Gail Hamm, program director

For whatever reason, this morning is not proceeding as I would like it to. It is filled with chaos and uncertainty. There are staff members who are ill, volunteers who are unable to assist, meetings to attend, and a phone that is constantly ringing.

The chaos this morning reminds me of the chaos that a cancer patient experiences. Best intentions have slid away and nothing is as it is supposed to be. The normal pattern of the day has been disrupted and I am left wondering what will happen next. People I had counted on are not here. I am being pulled in all directions. I don’t know what will happen next.

But even as I am feeling the uncertainty of today and the next few days, my discomfort is nothing compared to that of a cancer patient. While my anxiety is temporary, that of a newly diagnosed cancer patient, at times, appears to have no end.

The Client Advocates at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana are familiar with the anxiety and chaos felt by cancer patients and their families. The Advocates are able to provide stability through active listening, information and referral, assistance with problem solving skills, and procurement of needed equipment and supplies.

The first place to call after a cancer diagnosis is Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana…(260) 484-9560 or toll free (866) 484-9560.

We are here to help you deal with the chaos that a cancer diagonosis can cause. Please help us spread that message.

Central Noble High School Hosts Basket Raffle for CSNI

On April 25, Linda Bewley, Outreach Coordinator, went to Central Noble H.S. to accept a check in the amount of $570 from the Central Noble H.S. National Honor Society.

Brandon Coats, a student representative in National Honor Society proposed the idea of a fundraiser to benefit a local charity. The event was an Easter Basket Raffle. NHS members and local businesses contributed items to fill the 4 baskets. Raffle tickets were then sold for $1 each. NHS members sold raffle tickets at school and in the community.

Thank you! We could not do what we do without generous supporters like you!

Recap: Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Seminar

On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in conjunction with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana presented “Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: From Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyond.” Over 30 individuals came to our office to listen to Dr. David Zimmerman of Fort Wayne Medical Oncology & Hematology discuss how to be better prepared when asking questions of physicians regarding staging and treatment options.

Thanks to Dr. David Zimmerman for his time and expertise as a medical oncologist, Claire Kamman from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for joining us and providing the complimentary dinner, and all who attended this event.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is a local non-profit that provides emotional support, practical resources and information to people with cancer in our community. One of the invaluable services offered to our cancer clients is transportation to and from treatment.

Would you like to sign up to be a volunteer driver for Cancer Services? We are currently looking for volunteer drivers in all of the counties we serve, including Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. We will work with you to pick the days and times that fit your schedule. Driving is Monday through Friday and the times range from 7 AM to 5 PM. Most trips usually take an hour from start to finish.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and have insurance.
  • Volunteers use their own vehicle.
  • Volunteers must come in for a face-to face meeting and orientation.
  • Background checks are done on all volunteer drivers.

For more information, visit cancer-services.org. To volunteer, contact Cheryl Dafforn at cdafforn@cancer-services.org or call (260) 484-9560

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