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Announcing our Lapper Tee Shirt Winner

A few weeks ago, we launched our first tee-shirt design contest for Lapper 2013, and we were overwhelmed with the response. Hats off and a BIG thank you to everyone who participated. We had a great mix of design entries and we are pleased to announce the winner. Congratulations Nick Resor! His design is below. We can’t wait to see the sea of lavender at our event on May 18.

Lapper 2013 Tee Shirt

 

If you haven’t signed up for Lapper yet, you can do so online at www.lapper2013.kintera.org. If you raise $25 by May 1, you get one of these awesome tee shirts!

 

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! We love our volunteers

by Cheryl Dafforn, volunteer coordinator

We have been blessed with volunteers since 1944.  It started out with just a few, and now has blossomed into more than 600 caring individuals who help make Cancer Services what it is today.  People often ask how we get so many volunteers.  So we want to share our secret recipe…

1 cup of generosity

½ cup of time

1 tablespoon of dedication

1 teaspoon of love

A pinch of joy

A dash of kindness

A sprinkle of loyalty

Combine with love, mix with willingness, and blend with individual talents.

That is our secret recipe…inspired by wonderful volunteers who demonstrate each day what it takes to be a volunteer.

Interested in volunteering? We’d love for you to join our team. Find out more on our volunteer page.

 

Thank you TinCaps

Paxton Croy, with his mother, was excited to throw out the first pitch.

The TinCaps opened their home season at Parkview Field on Thursday, and for the 3rd year, we were honored to participate as the featured charity. Our Assistant Program director, Tina; board member, Kathy Peterson; and Development Director, Amber, attended the game, passing out information about our organization and talking to people about the upcoming Lapper walk on May 18. Though it was cold and rainy, thousands of people flooded the stadium and many came by to visit us.

One of our clients, Paxton (pictured left with his mother), had the honor of throwing out the first pitch, and when he did so, he was met with thunderous applause.

Thank you TinCaps for allowing us to be a part of your home opener every year!

 

Vote for Your Favorite T-Shirt Design

Wow! We received many wonderful designs for our Lapper T-Shirt Contest. Hats off and big thanks to all who participated. We had a great mix of design entries from amateurs and professionals who all have a heart for cancer. The following four designs are finalists in our competition and we invite you to vote on your favorite design. You can vote once per day and voting will close April 10. The winning design will be emblazoned on our official Lapper T-Shirt!

After you vote, be sure to register for our 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day, if you haven’t already. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, May 18, as we walk to honor the cancer community and celebrate life!

*Click on each design to enlarge the image.

When CANCER Hits, a poem by Patty Hunter

Cancer affects countless people in so many ways. The poem below was sent to Cancer Services from Patty, a friend of Judith. Patty was so moved by Judith’s death from cancer that she penned these emotional words. At Cancer Services, we are here to provide support- from the time a person is diagnosed, through their treatment and survivorship. Sometimes, in spite of the best treatment, we still lose our friends.

When CANCER Hits!

by Patty Hunter

A wonderful friend of mine had died

It was from a six-letter word, I cried.

This word was called by its ugly name,

and the word itself was Cancer.

When Cancer hits, it hurts all lives.

And members of the one who died,

Were the ones who were left behind.

Crying out, when is there a cure?

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

When Cancer hits, some do survive,

They live out precious lives.

For there is hope for us, we cried,

We will not lie down and die.

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

Save the Date for Lapper 2013 & Survivors Day

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Happy Spring! With Spring upon  us, that also means  Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana’s 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day is just around the corner. Please save the date and join us Saturday, May 18 for a walk to support people with cancer in our community. Bring a friend or form a team and walk as many laps as you can! Immediately following the walk we will host a Survivors Day celebration complete with food, fun and games for the entire family!

Lapper 2013 & Survivors Day
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A fundraiser for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana to honor or memorialize a loved one touched by cancer.

Registration is now open and there are three ways to do so:

We look forward to seeing you there for this celebration of life and loved ones!

All Ages Event Raises Money for the Cancer Community

Samantha (L) and her mother Ronnie (R) present our development director Amber with a check from their event.

Samantha (L) and her mother Ronnie (R) present our development director Amber with a check from their event.

Samantha Scanlon recently lost her father to cancer, so to honor him and raise money for Cancer Services, she and her mother, Ronnie McCave, organized an all ages music event, which took place on March 8. Hundreds of teenagers came out to Room 101 for a night of music and dancing.

Samantha and Ronnie stopped in last week to present us with the proceeds from the event. Because of their hard work, the event raised $665!

Thank you Samantha, Ronnie, and everyone who supported the event.

Game Time Victory

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On February 23, members of the cancer community gathered at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for the 10th Annual Spring Auction. Our “Game Time” themed Design on Life event resulted in an evening of delicious food, live entertainment and fabulous silent and live auction items.

New this year was the addition of mobile bidding technology which allowed guests to bid via smartphone, text or using a concierge host. Guests scored exciting auction items including a majestic Alaskan cruise, original artwork, spa packages, an amethyst and diamond necklace, autographed memorabilia, custom culinary experiences and more!

The food, by Executive Chef Christopher Zimmerman, was served at action stations and reflected the sports theme. Just a sampling of the evening’s food offerings include a Kentucky Derby station serving bourbon BBQ short rib sliders and apple jalapeno slaw on the side as well as a Derby cheese hat made with a wheel of brie topped with boursin and fresh herbs. A quick trip to Wimbledon featured a variety flavorful tea sandwiches and hot teas. The NFL station offered up some Cajun flavor to compliment the Super Bowl being hosted in New Orleans. Oyster Po Boys with fried green tomatoes were dished up alongside quinoa jambalaya. Along the same theme, bananas foster with vanilla ice cream was flambéed as just one of the mouth-watering desserts.

Most importantly, the event brought together people throughout the Northeast Indiana cancer community to help raise money and awareness for our important mission. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and volunteers whose support made this occasion such a success! We could not do this important work without your patronage.

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