Tag: Cancer Services

“I Had No Idea!” How Well Do You Really Know Us?

by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator

My job is to inform people what Cancer Services does for people with cancer in Northeast Indiana. When I meet with people or groups, I start by asking how many are familiar with our organization. Often, many people raise their hands. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a supervisory group where most expressed knowledge of our organization, so I gave a brief refresher course. When I was almost finished speaking, a woman raised her hand and said, “I had no idea you did so much!” Several others chimed in, a lot of notes were taken, and all my handouts disappeared. Since then, I’ve received numerous requests to speak to various medical offices about our organization.

From a non-medical perspective, my exercise teacher visited our facility for a tour. She formed a Lapper team and wanted to be sure she could accurately explain Cancer Services to her friends who made donations. Her words were, “I had no idea!” Later that week, when I attended my exercise class, she told the class she had taken a tour of CSNI and her next words were, “I had no idea this organization did so much for so many people.”

These words send two messages : One, more people need to know about the great work our organization does, and two, they open doors for endless opportunities to spread the word. I like message # 2 best!

If you would like a tour, please consider attending our monthly Friends for Lunch event, which includes a tour and light lunch. These events are hosted the 4th Friday of every month and are free and open to the public. RSVP to Amber Recker by email or via phone (260) 484-9560.

10th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day a Success

Commemorative 10th anniversary T-shirt design created by the
talented Amy Keller of Just Sue Graphic Design.

We crossed the finish line of our 10th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day here at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. May 19 proved to be a wonderful (and very sunny) day for our cancer community. Both new and familiar faces gathered together to raise money, awareness and friends to support our mission.
Nearly 600 people rallied in support of people with cancer and to celebrate life. The energetic crowd included many friends of our organization such as clients, neighbors, sponsors, board members, staff, and dedicated volunteers. It was especially touching to see clients of Cancer Services with their entourage walking side by side.

Before the Lapper, everyone assembled to hear the inspiring words of Lapper founder, Jill Burnett. It was a special moment as we recognized the 10th anniversary of this growing event. With those words at heart, the vast crowd took its first steps and formed an impressive sight as we marched through Brotherhood Place Office Park. Following the Lapper, people gathered at the party tent for Survivors Day and facility tours. Guests cooled off with frozen treats from Edy’s and refueled with food from Chick-fil-A and Jamison. Music, chair massages, bounce houses, face painting, cheerful clowns, balloon animals, and more all rounded out the festivities. What a party!

We’re proud to have raised over $65,500 which directly benefits cancer patients in Northeast Indiana. Donations will impact your neighbors, your family and your community. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs supporting individuals in our community who are affected by cancer. Each year Cancer Services helps over 2,300 individuals and their families by providing financial assistance, medical supplies and equipment, and emotional support.

Stretching our limits during the Lapper walk and celebrating life at Survivors Day are positive ways to support people on the cancer journey and honor the lives of loved ones. We’re grateful to all who were part of this experience and hope to walk alongside you again next year. Here’s to a healthful and healing year ahead. Let’s start training for 2013!

16th Annual Swing for Cancer at Cobblestone Golf Course

The Cobblestone Ladies Golf Association has chosen our organization as the beneficiary of the 16th Annual Swing for Cancer golf outing at Cobblestone Golf Course on June 19.

The cost to participate is $75 per lady golf or $300 per team. Fees include breakfast, green fees, cart, lunch and prizes. Registration begins at 7am, with tee-off at 8am. Registration deadline is June 9.

For more information, call (260) 347-1674. Checks can be made payable to Cobblestone Ladies Golf Association, c/o Phyllis Weber, 2512 Cobblestone Lane, Kendallville, IN 46755.

Entry forms are available at our office as well.

Caring Touch – more than just massage, a volunteer’s perspective

A few weeks ago, our building was bustling with certified massage therapists receiving training for our Caring Touch massage program. The Caring Touch program provides complimentary massages to our clients and primary caregivers and is powered by certified massage therapists with special training who volunteer their time with us. We launched the program in mid 2010, and since then have watched our clients and massage therapists bond over the experience and the healing power of touch.

Here’s what one massage therapist had to say about the experience during training:

“I was very touched by everyone today and was almost brought to tears knowing how much I was able to do for them today. I could tell that my first client was very nervous about the massage. She said she had had one before but didn’t really like it, but after today she seemed to be looking forward to another one and her husband couldn’t stop thanking me for helping her relax, saying how much of a difference he saw from before and then after. And with another client, just knowing that he was able to relax and kind of escape from the world of doctors, needles, and pain even just for 45 minutes made me smile. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with such amazing people. It meant a lot to me knowing that I could be there for them, especially after finding out that my cousin’s wife lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this week. Thank you for everything that you do for everyone there.”

Rediscovering the value of “Undivided Attention”

by Dianne May, president & CEO

Well, this weekend I became one of them. You know, the people who spend all of their time paying more attention to their electronic device than the people they are with. I’m not proud of it, in fact, now that I have a Monday morning perspective, I’m embarrassed by the number of times and ways I let myself be interrupted.

The number of competing voices that want or need our attention can be overwhelming. Work, social relationships, family time—the commitments are all important. In fact, they are so important that each is frequently deserving of our undivided attention.

Undivided attention. My third grade teacher used to require our “undivided attention.” Surely, if I could learn that skill at the age of 8, I can figure out how to do it now. I’m pretty sure that my friends and family will tell me I’m not nearly as good at multi-tasking as I think I am. They deserve more and I resolve to do better.

Mattress Warehouse’s annual ad campaign continues to raise money for CSNI

Janet Stephenson, board chair; Fran and her staff; Dianne May, CEO

Fran Good, owner of Mattress Warehouse, has sponsored a fundraising campaign every December for the past 6 years to benefit our organization. Several years ago, Fran’s best friend Terry was diagnosed with cancer and came to our organization for assistance. We answered his questions and provided him with the supplies he needed to make his cancer journey a little easier. Because of the impact we had on Terry’s life, Fran has decided to give back as much as she can and does so through the annual fundraising campaign. Terry passed away a few years ago and Fran says she wants to do something to keep his memory alive. A portion of mattress sales during the month of December is donated to us, and this year, Fran and her team presented our board with a check for $7,500.

“People tell me they come in during December to buy a new mattress specifically because we donate to Cancer Services. You’ve touched a lot of people ,” Fran says. “You help without asking questions and give people the support they need. That’s a big deal and I will never forget how much you helped Terry and me.”

We are so thankful for Mattress Warehouse’s ongoing support and for our friendship with Fran and her staff.

Journey Around the World

Cancer Services – Journey Around The World from Media 401 on Vimeo.

On February 25, we will “Journey Around the World” to raise money for our programs to support people with cancer in our community. We invite you to bring your appetite and join us on this special night.

Now in its 9th year, the Design on Life Event is bigger and better than ever before. “Journey Around the World” will feature a wine tasting and a sampling of international cuisine, as well as a silent and live auction. We’ve secured some exciting auction items, including a trip to Hawaii, fine jewelry, stunning artwork, celebrity autographed memorabilia and much more! View our online catalog to catch a sneak peek of auction items up for bid.

This just in! We will host a raffle for your chance to win an iPad 2!

Our host and travel guide for the evening’s events is the lovely and charismatic Barb Richards of WAJI-Magic 95.1 FM. Upon arrival, you will receive your “passport”, which serves as your ticket to bid on amazing auction items. Take home a lavish gift basket knowing your dollars will directly impact the lives of your community neighbors. Proceeds from the event benefit programs supporting individuals in our community who are affected by cancer. Each year Cancer Services helps over 2,300 individuals and their families by providing financial assistance, medical supplies and equipment, and emotional support.

We look forward to seeing you and your entourage at the gate. Bon Voyage!

WHAT: Journey Around the World –
Live and silent auction, fundraiser for Cancer Services

LIFT OFF: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 6:30 P.M.

NEW LOCATION: Ceruti’s Summit Park (The Diamond Room), 6601 Innovation Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46818

TICKET FARE: $50 per person if purchased before February 5;
$75 per person after February 5

Proceed here to purchase tickets online safely and securely via PayPal, or contact Amber Recker at (260) 484-9560 or arecker@cancer-services.org. Tickets will be mailed to you upon receipt of payment.

Complimentary tickets to the Fort Wayne Home & Garden show are included with the purchase of tickets to this event.

2012 Event Sponsors
Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center, Kroger, Vera Bradley, Comcast, Fun 101.7 WLDE, WAJI- Magic 95.1 FM, Steffen Group, Windows Doors & More, Steel Dynamics, PHP, Aesthetic Plant Specialists, Andy Pauquette Photography, All Occasions, Salin Bank, Just Sue, Belmont Beverage, Vino LeFebvre, Fischer Trucking

Casting for Recovery and Cancer Services informational session Tuesday, February 21

Casting for Recovery and Cancer Services will present information regarding their programs at the Conquering Breast Cancer support group on Tuesday, February 21, starting at 6:30 pm. The group meets at Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center, 11141 Parkview Plaza Drive, Entrance #4.

Casting for Recovery is a non-profit support and educational program for breast cancer survivors. Women of all ages are invited to attend the fly-fishing, outdoor retreats at no cost. The organization provides counseling and medical education and incorporates fly-fishing to promote physical and emotional healing. Retreats are two-and-a-half day events and take place May 18-20 and September 28-30. For more information, visit www.castingforrecovery.org.

Following the Casting for Recovery presentation at 7:00pm, Gail Hamm, program director for Cancer Services, will present “Cancer Services-Programs You Won’t Want to Miss!”


Client Story: Paying it Forward… a cancer survivor rides for a cause

Jill with her boyfriend Paul after finishing the 51-mile ride

By Lynette Fager

In 2000, the movie “Pay It Forward” hit theaters and caused a surge in the idea of repaying a kind deed with a kind deed for someone else. That idea of paying it forward is what inspired Jill Sample to raise money for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

A year ago and a half ago, Jill was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that affects smooth muscle cells. No stranger to struggles (almost 30 years ago Jill was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma), she underwent surgery to remove the cancer and today she is living a normal, healthy life. Recovery, however, wasn’t easy.

“I knew I would need a hospital bed at home after surgery,” said Jill. “A friend recommended I contact Cancer Services.”

She did and Cancer Services came to her home, set up the hospital bed and removed it when she no longer needed it.

“It was extremely helpful to my recovery,” said Jill.

Because of her experience with Cancer Services, Jill wanted to give back and on May 21, 2011, she rode in the Zoo-De-Mack, a 51-mile bike ride in Michigan. She campaigned for sponsors and raised funds and donated everything she earned—$1,500!—to Cancer Services. The five-hour ride was intense, but Jill says it was worth it!

“Cancer Services does a lot for the community and it did a lot for me, and I wanted to pay it back for the help it gave me,” said Jill.

Wonderful Turnout for the 7th Annual Tribute Dinner

On Thursday, October 13, guests joined us for our 7th Annual Tribute Dinner at the Marquis Ballroom at the Fort Wayne Marriott. This year’s event, “Navigating Life’s Detours”, offered our community an opportunity to pause, treasure the memories of people who have been touched by cancer, and pay tribute to them, whether a cancer survivor, caregiver, physician, or lost loved one. In addition to quality time spent with family and friends, guests were entertained and inspired by guest speaker Regina Brett, best-selling author and cancer survivor. Regina shared the story of her own cancer journey through her 50 Life Lessons, which appear in her book “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Details.” She made us laugh and she made us cry, but mostly she instilled in us the hope that the best is yet to come, no matter where we are on life’s journey.

Last year, we unveiled the William A. Kunkel III Champion of Hope award, which was created to recognize an individual, family or business that embodies the mission of Cancer Services through a lifelong commitment to enhancing the quality of life of those affected by cancer in Northeast Indiana. The recipient of the Champion of Hope Award demonstrates an unparalleled devotion to the organization as a volunteer, advocate, friend and companion, leading by example and exhibiting unwavering compassion. Last year’s award went to its namesake, Bill Kunkel.

We were pleased to announce the selection of Jim and Adda Jane Wiegman as the recipients of this year’s Champion of Hope award and we honored them at the dinner. Jim and Adda Jane have made significant contributions to our community as volunteers and co‐founders of the US TOO support group for men with prostate cancer and their partners. Since its debut in 1992, US TOO has held more than 200 monthly meetings providing men and their partners a safe place to talk about their health and well‐being. Jim and Adda Jane have dedicated much of their time to US TOO, and in return they have become a source of comfort and information for hundreds of men and women throughout our community. Jim and Adda Jane served many years as volunteers with the Scotts/Kroger Cancer Day, bagging groceries and helping at the golf outing. They have given financial support to Cancer Services and been a foundation for inspiration to staff and volunteers alike, always offering their help. These two Champions of Hope have had positive impacts on the quality of life of so many friends and neighbors through their very own message of hope.