Happy New Year! Sorry we are a bit late. It’s been a busy start to 2012.
2011 was a good year for Cancer Services. Through the generous support of individual donors, foundations and corporations, we were able to provide support and assistance to over 2,400 people with Cancer in Northeast Indiana. It warms our heart to know that those people and their families had someone to turn to in a scary and difficult time.
Here are some highlights:
Several organizations, schools and individuals hosted fundraisers for us and we cannot thank them enough. We could not do what we do without the support of our community, so thank you to Sean O’Leary, Eagle Scout; Greatbatch Medical, Basket Raffle; East Noble Swim Team, Paint the Pool Pink; East Noble and Wawassee Gymnastics, Stick it to Cancer; Central Noble High School, Basket Raffle; Jill Sample, Z00-de-Mackinac; Eagles Auxillary; Denise Buhr, Discom-BOOB-ulated; Neuhouser Garden Center, Pink Day; Amber Nelson, Birthday donation; Quadrant Foundation; Eastside High School and East Noble High, Volley for a Cure; Mitchell’s Sports Bar & Grill, Motorcycle Ride; Jaclyn Youhana, Count Moments Bracelets; Beat BC 5k; Scotts/Kroger, Cancer Day; Fort Wayne Derby Girls, Bust A Move; K105, Pickin’ for Pink; Kent Hormann, Blue Ball Open; Guardian in Ligonier; Knights of Columbus; Bishop Luers, Pink Week; Red Hot Hattitudes; Something Old Something New, Dollar Sale; Snider High School, blanket donation; Mad Ants; and 12 Bands Before Christmas.
We hosted several information and educational workshops and forums, including “Men Facing Grief“, Living with Grief, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and “Cancer and the Law”, which brought in professionals and healthcare employees to learn more about these topics. We successfully launched Tai Chi and restarted re-Energize, our exercise program, and continued Caring Touch, our oncology massage program. We also launched our Social Media luncheon series, providing the opportunity for over 200 individuals and companies to learn more about social media and how to use it effectively.
In April, we were invited to be a featured charity at the Tin Caps season opener. One of our clients even got to throw out the first pitch! We also participated in this year’s Chalk Walk for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Fort for Fitness.
We hired a new part-time Children’s Advocate, Beth Koenemann, and had a lot of fun at Kids night with the Tin Caps, our annual pool party, and Zoo Day! We were blessed with a handful of interns, three of which shared their stories with us: Brandon, Nick and Kristin.
Two of our staff members received honors this year. Gail Hamm, program director, was named Social Worker of the year, and Amber Recker, development director, was honored at the Top 40 Under 40 Awards.
Supporters, clients, volunteers and staff came together for our three fundraisers, to enjoy sharing stories and creating a strong Cancer Services Community. Read the recaps from those events: Design on Life, Lapper, Tribute Dinner and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.
And, of course, we could not do what we do without the support of our army of volunteers. Read about some of them here: Viola Ramp, Bill Seidel, Susan Swardenski, Ribbon Crafters, Receptionists and mailing volunteers.
Here’s to a great 2012!
We are constantly looking for better ways to meet the needs of our clients and caregivers. Whether you are looking for a group of people with whom to share your cancer and treatment concerns and ask questions, or whether you have been told to exercise and are looking for a program that is helpful but not strenuous, check out what we have to offer.
Also, remember that hours are expanding starting January 10: open Mondays from 9:00AM until 7:00PM. Tuesday-Friday open from 9:00AM until 5:00PM.
Examples of new and revised programs for 2011:
- Tai Chi ..a 6 weeks movement program…. helps with relaxation and pain management. Starts Wednesday, January 5 at 5:30PM. Call to reserve your spot. Susan Swardenski facilitates.
- re-Energize! …an exercise program for people of any ability…restarts Tuesday February 1 and meets every Tue & Thursday at 6:00PM. Courtney Berger facilitates.
- The Whipple Group is changing its name to Pancreas, Gall Bladder, Bile Duct Cancer Support Group. The name better describes who the group is for and expands the number of people eligible. Whipple is the name of a surgical technique often used with these types of cancers, but not everyone with one of these diagnoses actually undergoes the Whipple procedure. Meets 3rd Wednesday at 6:30PM. Amy Solaro-Geraghty facilitates.
- Reminder of a general cancer support group: Turning Points. Meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at 5:30PM. Peter Albertson facilitates.
- Caring Touch massage program. Call to schedule an appointment.
All the above groups meet in the Healing Arts Center of Cancer Services, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.
- The South Side Group …a NEW general cancer support group…for those people with any kind of cancer ( and their caregivers) who are looking for a support group on the south side of town. Meets at Lutheran Life Villages, 6701 S Anthony Blvd., entrance under the portico. Meets 3rd Wednesday each month, 6:30PM-8:00PM starting January 19. Helen Claire Ferguson facilitates.
Some of our cancer-specific support groups have disbanded, so we encourage individuals interested in attending a support group to try one of our general cancer support groups.
Please call Gail Hamm at 484-9560 or 866-484-9560 if you have any questions about these or other programs offered by Cancer Services or if there are other programs you would like Cancer Services to offer.