Tag: Cancer Services

Save the Date – GAME TIME

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We hope you’ll join us for the 10th Annual Spring Auction benefiting Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. It’s “Game Time!” Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. This year’s event features delicious food prepared by Executive Chef Christopher Zimmerman, a beer tasting, and entertainment, as well as our exciting silent and live auctions. We’ve secured some all-star auction items, including vacations near and far, jewelry, sports packages and more!

Questions? Contact: Betsy Perry Patton
484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560
Events@cancer-services.org

Thank you Northwood Middle School

by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator

One person can make a huge impact on the lives of students and on an organization. Todd Roberts, a teacher at Northwood Middle School, is just such a person. Ten years ago, he started Aunt Elena’s Hair Care Challenge to honor his aunt and teach students the value of working to help others. Each year, he agrees to get a funky haircut and wear it for a number of days if certain fundraising goals are met. Students and faculty alike think up and participate in a variety of fundraising ventures to reach these goals throughout November. While having fun, they are working toward a goal and learning the value of helping others.

What was so impressive was the zeal with which these students collected money for charity. They were so happy to contribute to a worthy cause. Many of them have been personally touched by cancer—parents, siblings, grandparents, friends– so they understand the effect it has on people.

On November 21, I attended the wrap-up assembly and received a $4,000 check to be used to help our clients! I also came back with over 50 letters from students telling us why they wanted to help us and what they did to earn their contributions. One comment stands out: “You guys are the rock for cancer patients.”

Thank you Northwood Middle School!

Touch, Caring and Cancer

We will host licensed massage instructor Lori Schlatter on Saturday, November 10, for Touch Caring and Cancer, a program that teaches participants simple massage techniques to help those with cancer in their lives. The session is $25 per participant- cancer patient or survivor. Bring a caregiver to the training free of charge.

This is a chance to practice touch techniques with an instructor nearby. Previous participants have said:

  • Great course…enjoyable, informative and helpful.
  • I feel more confident in helping my wife feel better.
  • We love it so much! It has drawn us closer.
  • We enjoy coming in for massage, but now we can actually do massage ourselves.
  • We hold hands more; we even talk a little more.

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Where: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Healing Arts Center, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

For reservations call 260-484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560

Tribute Dinner Success

On Thursday, October 11, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana presented our eighth annual Tribute Dinner at the Fort Wayne Marriott Marquis Ballroom. The event offered a special evening of memorials and healing laughter within our cancer community. Our Tribute Dinner is an important opportunity to gather with others along this cancer journey, pause and pay tribute to some amazing people. Beautiful tributes were dedicated to many people touched by cancer, including survivors, caregivers, physicians, and lost loved ones.

Guest speaker, Scott Burton, a stand-up comic and world-class juggler, set the tone with the gift of laughter. He shared his story as a cancer survivor and revealed a refreshingly honest perspective of the human side of cancer.

Cancer Services provides meaningful resources, information and compassionate assistance to individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families. For every person with cancer whom we meet, we also come to know the people around them, who love and care for them during their journey. Events such as our Tribute Dinner allow us to succeed in our mission and aid in the quality of life for cancer patients here in Northeast Indiana.

Recap: Let Your Hair Down, Girls’ Night Out

by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator

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Linda and Kathy, the event organizer

I had the pleasure of attending, “Let Your Hair Down, Girl’s Night Out” on October 19, to benefit our organization.

Over 100 women enjoyed the evening that featured a buffet dinner, raffle, and 12 vendors in differing areas selling their products. My role was to explain the services that we provide to those with cancer in our community. I found that our ribbon display was the ideal ice breaker. The women found it easy to share stories with me and with each other over the ribbons they selected to wear—telling one touching story after another. By the end of the evening, a majority of women were wearing ribbon “corsages” in support of all those they knew who have been touched by this disease.

Kathy Roberts started this event last year in conjunction with a fundraiser her husband Todd has been doing at Northwood Middle School for 10 years. He has decided that this is his last year, but since both Kathy and Todd feel that giving back to the community is important, they have decided to make this event a yearly one with our organization as the non profit beneficiary.

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Kathy and her husband Todd present Linda with the proceeds from the event.

Kathy and Todd came to the agency on Thursday and presented us with a check for $1,600! Thank you so very much for this gift and for the support you are showing to Cancer Services!

5th Annual Bust a Move

We are partnering with The Fort Wayne Derby Girls to host the 5th Annual Bust a Move auction and fundraiser to benefit women with breast cancer in our community on Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

For Bust a Move, local artists, breast cancer survivors, and derby girls volunteer their talents and their bodies to create unique, inspiring cast representations of the female bust and the emotions associated with breast cancer. Local artists modified the casts, using various artistic mediums, to create outstanding works of art. The art pieces will be auctioned at the event.

Join us for the 5th Annual Bust a Move. The event includes food, cocktails, entertainment, and a live auction of truly unique and inspiring works of art – all fashioned from the busts of breast cancer survivors and Derby Girls.

Tickets are available online at eventbrite.com.

View artwork from last year’s event at the gallery from Bust a Move 2011.

Thank You Cobblestone Ladies Golf Association

(L-R) Linda Moses, Lin Swooger, Phyllis Weber, Linda Bewley, Pat Treesh

Yesterday afternoon, members of the Cobblestone Ladies Golf Association dropped by to present us with the proceeds from their 16th Annual Swing for Cancer. Through their efforts, they were able to raise over $6,000 for our organization. There simply aren’t enough words to express our thanks.

 

A Note From a Client’s Mother

We often receive thank you notes from clients and family members. It’s our mission to support those with cancer and their families in our community and receiving these notes tell us we are doing what we say we do. It’s our promise to our clients, and it’s important to us.

Here’s a note we received last week from a client’s mother:

Dear Peter,

My daughter first visited your office in March 2012. After that first visit, you and your agency provided not only many services, but you became her friends. She talked very highly of you and how much your talks helped her. So many times when she was anxious or despaired, you helped her through it. Thank you so much for being there for her. Her phone calls would sometimes drive me crazy, but I would give anything to be able to talk to her again. She would have been very pleased to see how many people came to her funeral.

Thank you again for all you do for everyone.

 

Invisible Ink- working through grief

by Beth Heironimus

In May of 2011, my sister-in-law died. She was much more to me than a sister-in-law, or even a sister — she was a combination surrogate mother and a best friend.

I’ve experienced losses before. My mother and father are both gone. Friends gave me books about grief. I didn’t want books about grief. I wanted my sister-in-law. Our relationship was complicated, and I was struggling to find my way without her.

A friend suggested a workshop, “Invisible Ink,” that was to be held at Cancer Services. It was free, and so I thought I’d give it a try. It involved writing a series of letters to the person lost. That sounds simple, but it is challenging, enlightening, cathartic, painful and freeing all at the same time. You are guided through the process by a caring and skilled facilitator and each session involves a meditation followed by writing and discussion.

Not only have I found it to be a freeing experience for me, it has been powerful to watch other members of the group come to grips with their own losses. We come to grief from differing perspectives. Losing someone dear is never easy. Some deaths are long and arduous, others sudden and shocking. All are painful.

What a gift this workshop has been to me. I would recommend it to anyone regardless of where they are on their own grief journey. It has helped me not only to grieve, but also to grow.

Invisible Ink will be offered again in the fall. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a notification when dates are available.