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Thank you Dare to Dream Day Camp

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On Saturday, Dare to Dream Youth Ranch hosted a day camp for children with cancer in partnership with our organization.  The children and their families enjoyed a day of horseback riding, games, and ranch experiences.

This partnership gave these brave kids and their families the opportunity to do fun activities that enrich their experience and build emotional strength for the challenges they face. Cancer Services is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of these families in a number of ways, and this day camp is just one of them. It was a special day.

Bret Procise, Executive Board Member and Founder at Dare to Dream Youth Ranch, says, “This day camp is exactly why we do what we do here at the Ranch, and is right in line with our mission to encourage children, heal horses, build the family and spread the message of hope.”

Team CSNI plays in the Dodge High Fares Dodgeball Tourney

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On Sunday, a group of our volunteers participated in the Allegiant “Dodge High Fares” Dodge Ball tournament, hosted by Fort Wayne International Airport as part of the 3 Rivers Festival. Team Captain Kevin Bewley recruited a strong team of 7 men and 3 women, and while they did not win, they had a great time representing our organization. Congrats to team The Really Really Big Show for winning the tourney, and to our friends at Community Harvest for taking second place.

As a part of the event, we were given the opportunity to have an information booth where we shared agency information, blue “count moments” bracelets, and introduced our men’s cancer awareness campaign. Soon, our city will be filled with billboards of our “Naked Men” to raise awareness about men’s cancer. We can’t wait for them to go live. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek.

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What it’s like to work at Cancer Services

by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator

A few weeks ago, while I was covering the front desk, a man came in asking if we had wigs and hats.  I told him that we do and after talking for a couple of minutes he said he’d go out to the car and get the person who needed one.  Since he seemed a little hesitant, I first walked him to the wig room door so he could see what we had.  He went outside, and after about 5 minutes of talking to someone in the car, I saw a woman emerge.  She carefully stood up and the two of them slowly made their way into the building. They met with a Client Advocate and later they toured the warehouse. Then, they went into the wig salon.  After a while, the wig salon door opened and out came the woman with a spring in her step, sporting a cute short wig.  But, the best part was she was wearing a huge smile on her face!  She talked to me about wigs and hair and then her smile got even bigger when someone came around the corner, heard our conversation and said that she would never have known the woman was wearing a wig.

That’s what we’re about here at Cancer Services—helping people during a very difficult time in their lives—giving them an emotional boost when things just seem too overwhelming.   The smile on her face as she left our office made me proud to say I work for Cancer Services.

Save the Date- Tribute Dinner, September 12

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Mark your calendar. We will host our annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, September 12 at a NEW LOCATION. This year’s event will be held at The Landmark. Our guest speaker will be Jan Dravecky, wife and caregiver for Dave Dravecky, former San Francisco Giant’s pitcher. Invitations will be going out soon. Keep your eyes open for one and plan to join us. The event offers the community a chance to reflect and pay tribute to those touched by cancer in their lives.

Questions? Call Amber at (260) 484-9560 or email

Visit Our Healing Garden

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On Friday, June 7, the sun was shining and the flowers were blooming as we celebrated the opening of our of long-awaited Healing Garden. Many thanks to the donors and volunteers who helped make this special place possible: Mo Palmer, Don and Vanessa Bender, Michael Himes, Ken Hensch, Steve and Maria DeWald, Brooks Construction, Brotherhood Mutual and Petroleum Traders.

We encourage you to stop by and stroll the meandering path or sit quietly on a chair or bench to reflect. This space is designed to quiet your mind. It’s also a lovely spot to visit with a friend. The garden is here for you and your good health.


Thank you Bravas!


On Friday, we hosted our 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park with Bravas. Attendees enjoyed hot dogs, Edy’s ice cream, beverages and games. Just like last year, a portion of the proceeds from hot dog sales were donated to our organization. Thanks to Bo with Bravas and to everyone who came out to make the day a success. $400 was raised, which will cover the cost of care for one person for an entire year. Thank you!

Annual Swing for Cancer, June 18

golfOn June 18, the Cobblestone Ladies Golf Association will host the 17th Annual Swing for Cancer to benefit our organization at Cobblestone Golf Course in Kendallville. The event is a scramble and golfers need not be concerned about ability.

Cost: $75 per lady golfer or $300 per team
Includes: Continental breakfast, greens fees, cart, lunch & prizes
Registration: 7 AM
Tee Off: 8 AM

The registration deadline is June 8 and forms are available at our office or by calling Phyllis Weber at (260) 347-1674.

Thank you Bekah Bradley

On May 10, country singer Bekah Bradley hosted an album release party at Sweetwater Sound and donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her album to our organization. She raised over $500 for us! Thank you Bekah. We are honored that you chose us as the beneficiary of this event. We appreciate your support.

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Bekah Bradley with the winner of the Breast Cancer gift basket. He donated the basket to us to be used at an upcoming event.

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