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Save the Date- 9th Annual Lapper

We will host our annual fundraising walk, Lapper, on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Foster Park, located in southwest Fort Wayne.

Lapper 2011 is a fundraiser for Cancer Services designed to honor or memorialize those touched by cancer. When Lapper founder Jill Burnett first organized this event 9 years ago, she encouraged people to test their own endurance and push past their comfort zone just as people with cancer do every day. That tradition continues today, and each Lapper participant is encouraged to walk as many laps around the paved 2-mile trail at Foster Park as they can.

Bring a friend, form a team and help us raise money to provide support and services to people with cancer in our community. Our goal is to raise $60,000 at this year’s event. All proceeds benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and help support programs for people with cancer in our community.

Online registration will be available soon. Walkers who register by May 1 and raise a minimum of $25 will receive a tee shirt. Water and fresh fruit will be provided and the walk will take place, rain or shine.

WHAT: Fundraising walk for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

WHERE: Foster Park, Fort Wayne, IN

DATE: Saturday, May 21, 2011

TIME: 8:30 a.m. Registration, 9:00 a.m. program, 9:30 Walk begins

CONTACT: Amber Recker, (260) 484-9560 or

Survivors Day

Cancer Services will host Survivors Day immediately following the Lapper at Foster Park on Saturday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m. This free celebration of life and survivorship will include food, fun, and games for the entire family.


by Gail Hamm, Program Director
Waiting to have the CT scan…

Waiting for the ultrasound…

Waiting for the biopsy…

Waiting for the results of all the tests…

Then waiting to start treatment…

Cancer is full of waiting and worrying; not knowing if the results of the tests will mean a reprieve, or if the results will start a new process of decision making. Each day is met with wondering…wondering what will happen next. At times, you can feel very alone.

When you are a client of Cancer Services, you can lean on your Client Advocate to find strength in uncertain times. Or you may share your concerns in a support group, knowing that others have experienced similar circumstances.

When others care, you do not have to feel alone even when you are waiting.


Design On Life Auction Items Online

Our Annual Design on Life event is coming up on February 26, 2011 and we have some amazing auction items. View them online here!

Don’t forget to get your tickets. They are $50 if purchased before February 5 and $75 after. Get yours today by calling 260-484-9560. Tickets are also available online.

Parkview Noble Supports Local Agencies

Parkview Noble gathered all of its partner agencies for a photo shoot last week. Our development director, Amber Recker, along with representatives from the other agencies, posed for a funny shot with their first quarter checks. Thank you Parkview Noble for believing in our mission and helping us help people in Noble County with cancer.

Lessons in Life Truly Learned

by Dianne May, president and CEO

I came across this story recently…

In the 1950s and 1960s, Charles Laughton was one of the great and best known actors in Hollywood. The story goes that Laughton was attending a Christmas Party with a family in London. During the evening, the folks asked everyone attending to recite a favorite passage that best represented the spirit of Christmas.

When it was Laughton’s turn, he skillfully recited the 23rd Psalm. Everyone applauded his participation.

The last to participate was an adored, elderly aunt who was dozing off in the corner. Someone gently woke her, explained what was going on, and asked her to take part. She thought for a moment. And in a shaky voice, she began: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want . . .” When she finished, everyone was in tears.

At the end of the evening, when it was time to leave, a member of the family thanked Laughton for coming and remarked about the difference in the response by the family to the two presentations of the Psalm. When they asked him his opinion, Laughton responded, “I know the psalm. She knows the shepherd.”

It seems to me there are lessons in life that we only truly learn when we have lived them.



Whitley County Community Foundation Supports CSNI

Our development director, Amber Recker, visited the Whitley County Community Foundation to receive our 2011 funding from the agency. Thank you for supporting our organization so that we can provide our services to people in with cancer and their families in Whitley County.

Catch a Mad Ants Game AND Support CSNI!

It’s a win-win situation.

We are teaming up with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for “Cancer Services Night” at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on February 22, 2011. Friends of Cancer Services may purchase discounted tickets to the Mad Ants game and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cancer Services. The Mad Ants, Fort Wayne’s NBA Development league, will be taking on The Springfield Armor.

To purchase tickets for Cancer Services Night, contact Garrett Martz at (260) 469-4667 x 107. To receive the discount, you must inquire about Cancer Services night and tickets must be purchased before February 18, 2011.

WHAT: Fort Wayne Mad Ants Basketball Game

WHERE: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

WHEN: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

TICKET PRICE: $7.50 for upper level sideline tickets and $14.50 for lower level (normally $10 and $20)

Musings from a Recovering Flu Patient

by Gail Hamm, program director

I have found that I rarely appreciate what I have, or don’t have, until I experience the opposite.

For instance, I take for granted that: I will sleep each night & feel refreshed in the morning, until I sleep the night and day away.

I take for granted that: I will cough occasionally but not all day and all night.

I take for granted that: I can meet friends for meals and chats, not have to cancel and change my routine.

I take for granted that: I will have the energy to begin or complete tasks, not feel listless and exhausted.

…..And then I am reminded that the clients I work with on a daily basis quite often feel just as exhausted, are sad because they can’t do the things they want to be doing, and are at times, miserable.

While my flu symptoms inconvenient, they are temporary and not even close to the experiences of people with cancer. I am grateful for good general health, and I appreciate the occasional reminder that tells me I am not in charge and that life is indeed precious.

Bust A Move Busts Out a Big Check

Members of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls dropped into our board meeting last night to present us with a check for $10,000. The money was raised in October last year at the 3rd Annual Bust A Move event. For Bust a Move, local artists and women volunteered their talents and their bodies to create unique, inspiring cast representations of the female bust and the emotions associated with breast cancer. Each cast was painted by a local artist and auctioned off for charity at this event.

For more information about the event, visit

Indiana’s NewCenter was on the scene to cover the check presentation. Check out the news coverage here.

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