Tag: breast cancer

Red Hot Hattitudes Donate Proceeds From Their Fashion Fling Boutique to Cancer Services

Thank you to Gwen McBride and Sandy Whittig, from the Red Hot Hattitudes, for coming in to deliver the proceeds from their Fashion Fling Boutique Event.

The Red Hot Hattitudes hosted a lunch buffet and ladies fashion resale fling with donated, unwanted, slightly used, yet nearly new fashion items along with a silent auction to raise breast cancer awareness. All of the money earned from their fundraiser was donated to us here at Cancer Services.

Thanks to Dan & Dude at k105 for Their Help in Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

We’d like to thank Dan & Dude at K105 FM for their efforts in raising awareness for breast cancer throughout the month of October. On October 19, they hosted a “Breakfast with Boobs” broadcast and invited our Development Director, Amber Recker, onto the show to talk about the services we offer to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These opportunities are so important to our organization. We want people with cancer to know they have a place to come to for help.

To catch up on what Dan & Dude are talking about, visit the link to their morning show, http://www.k105fm.com/MorningShow.aspx.

Congratulations to Francine’s Friends on the Purchase of a New Coach

We would like to congratulate our friends at Francine’s Friends for a successful capital campaign! With the help of local individuals, businesses and organizations, the organization was able to purchase a new mobile mammography coach that was debuted at their annual Lunch with Friends event on October 14, 2011.

Francine’s Friends strives to make early detection of breast cancer available to every woman in Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties. They provide mobile mammography screenings and follow-up services to every woman who might otherwise not have access. The ultimate goal of this organization is to reduce breast cancer deaths through early detection.

For more information about Francine’s Friends, visit their website at www.francinesfriends.org.

Eastside High School Hosts “Volley for a Cure” Volleyball Game for Breast Cancer

Eastside High School volleyball team, with the help of their opponent East Noble, dedicated a night of fundraising for our breast cancer clients. The “Volley for a Cure” event took place at Eastside High School on Wednesday, September 14, with a match between Eastside and East Noble High School volleyball teams.

“Fight Like a Girl”, the theme for this years event, raised $1,500 combined from the two high school’s shirt and raffle ticket sales. A total of 350 shirts were sold to Eastside and East Noble fans, which represented this year’s “Fight Like a Girl” theme.

The coaches behind the planning of this event were Eastside’s Megan Callahan and Ashley Everhart and East Noble’s, Nicki Ramey. Both teams were found wearing pink accessories with their uniforms to aid in raising awareness for breast cancer and those affected.


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!

CancerCare Connect Workshops

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, including people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. Last year, the organization provided individual help to more than 100,000 people, in addition to the more than 1 million unique visitors to its website: www.cancercare.org.

Through its website, you can gain access to counseling, support groups, publications, financial assistance, therapeutic activities, special events information and Connect Education Workshops. We’d like to draw attention two upcoming workshops:

Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects, Friday, January 21, 2011, 1:30-2:30PM Eastern Time.

Caring for Your Bones When You Have Breast Cancer: What’s New? Friday, February 11, 2011, 1:30-2:30PM Eastern Time.

You can listen to these workshop online or via telephone.

There are two ways to register:

Call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or online at www.cancercare.org/connect.

You can also view a full schedule of Connect Workshops at www.cancercare.org/connect.

Aspirin May Cut Cancer Deaths, But Caution Urged

by The Associated Press

LONDON December 7, 2010, 08:09 am ET

A new report from British scientists suggests that long-term, low-dose aspirin use may modestly reduce the risk of dying of certain cancers, though experts warn the study isn’t strong enough to recommend healthy people start taking a pill that can cause bleeding and other problems.

In a new observational analysis published online Tuesday in the medical journal Lancet, Peter Rothwell of the University of Oxford and colleagues looked at eight studies that included more than 25,000 patients and cut the risk of death from certain cancers by 20 percent.

While some experts said the analysis adds to evidence of aspirin’s potential to cut cancer risk, others said it falls short of changing advice to healthy people, and it failed to show the benefits apply equally to women.

The trials mostly compared men who took a daily dose of at least 75 milligrams of aspirin for heart problems to people who took a placebo or another drug. On average, the studies lasted at least four years.

Researchers used national cancer registries to get information on participants after the studies ended, though they weren’t sure how many aspirin takers continued using it or how many people in the comparison groups may have started.

The researchers said that the projected risk after two decades of dying from cancers like lung and prostate would be 20 percent lower in groups who had taken aspirin and 35 percent lower for gastrointestinal cancers like colon cancer. These odds are figured from smaller numbers — there were 326 lung cancer deaths in all, for example.

Only one-third of people in the analysis were women — not enough to calculate any estimates for breast cancer. There appeared to be no benefit to taking more than 75 milligrams daily — roughly the amount in a European dose of baby aspirin and a bit less than the baby aspirin dose in the U.S.

The analysis left out a high-quality experiment that tested aspirin every other day in nearly 40,000 U.S. women. No reduction in cancer risk was seen except for lung cancer deaths in that trial.

No funding was provided for the new Lancet analysis but several of the authors have been paid for work for companies that make aspirin and similar drugs.

Scientists said it would take some time to digest the study results and figure out which people should take aspirin.

Eric Jacobs, an American Cancer Society epidemiologist, called it a “major contribution” and said the study results, in addition to previous research, suggested aspirin’s effects on the risk of dying from several cancers “appear likely.”

Others said the study wasn’t strong enough for doctors to start recommending aspirin.

“I definitely think we wouldn’t want to make any treatment decisions based on this study,” said Dr. Raymond DuBois, a cancer prevention specialist who is provost of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

One concern is that the studies were designed to look at cardiovascular risks, so the groups of people being compared may differ on things that affect cancer risk, such as family history of the disease. DuBois also questioned drawing conclusions about people’s cancer risk beyond the several years they were tracked.

Aspirin has long been recommended for some people with heart problems. But it can have serious side effects, like bleeding in the stomach and intestines, and poses risks in groups like the elderly who are prone to falls.

“Balancing the risks and benefits of aspirin is really important and probably something that needs to be done on an individual basis,” said Ed Yong, Cancer Research U.K.’s head of health evidence and information. He was not linked to the study.

“If anyone is considering aspirin on a regular basis, they should talk to their doctor first,” Yong said. He warned people should not think of aspirin as a guarantee against cancer and other prevention strategies like not smoking and keeping a healthy body weight were essential.

A U.S. health task force specifically recommends against aspirin for people with an average cancer risk.