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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


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!

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!

Lapper Kick Off Party- Countdown to May 19

Last night, we invited team captains, sponsors, volunteers and board members to join us for the first annual “Very Important Lapper” Party to kick off the final countdown to Lapper 2012. With just 10 days left until the big day, we wanted to thank our dedicated supporters and give them one final push to raise money and invite friends to join their team. Over 50 people joined us to celebrate and enjoyed food, drinks, tours and inspiration. Lapper founder Jill Burnett relayed her story about why she started the event: to not only to honor her late father, but to rally support for a fellow Canterbury teacher who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well. And now, 10 years later, the event has grown exponentially and has become our largest community event each year.

It’s not too late for you to register for Lapper and join us on May 19. Just visit the event website and you’ll be on your way.

Reflections on Survivorship and Courage

by Gail Hamm, program director

Courage is as often the outcome of despair as hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other, all to gain. ~Diane De Poitiers

It was such a privilege to meet so many survivors a week ago at the Lapper/Survivors Day Celebration. I was heartened by their stories…the volunteer who told me of the death of her son-in-law but the lives of her two grandchildren who are in remission from their cancers. Then I met the father of a teenager who succumbed to lung cancer 2 months ago and whose family was walking in this young man’s memory. Another walker rejoiced that she has been dealing with a Stage IV cancer for over 4 years but formed a large Lapper team and succeeded in completing the Walk. And I thought: what courage!

Some mornings, just getting out of bed is an act of courage. Even in the midst of doubt, the simple act of breathing is enough. This moment will only be this moment. The next moment carries us forward. We are asked to live each moment fully. The many friends and neighbors of Cancer Services who celebrated together at Foster Park embody the idea that we have nothing to lose and all to gain when hope and courage give meaning to our lives.

Walking with a Purpose

During the winter of 2009, Ralph Burgess hadn’t been feeling well, so to improve his health and lift his spirits, he began walking laps at Foster Park with Susie Blaugh, RN, who is in charge of the Health Ministry at The Chapel.

When spring rolled around, in order to give him a goal, Susie encouraged Ralph to participate in the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana’s 2010 Lapper, the annual walk held to support those affected by cancer. As they prepared for The Lapper, Ralph and Susie would pace laps around the park. After one particularly long walk, Ralph asked Susie if she thought they had walked a mile that day. Susie smiled at him and replied, “Ralph, we didn’t walk one mile today, we walked two!”

Participating in The Lapper showed Ralph that he could still do something for others, even at the age of 92! That year, he proudly walked next to Susie and her friend, Shelley Chapman.

His wife, Shirley, says that walking in The Lapper gave Ralph a sense of purpose. Ralph felt good about walking; he had accomplished something.

This winter, as so many do, Ralph was feeling a little blue, but as spring began to roll around, his spirits lifted and he started to look forward to walking in his second Lapper. He and Shirley have already set off around Foster Park a few times this season in preparation for the big event. Shirley is hoping that this year she can join Ralph in The Lapper, in spite of her recent knee replacement.

Even though Ralph and Shirley haven’t personally experienced cancer, they understand the importance of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and they understand the importance of being a part of this event.

“Cancer is a wicked thing,” Shirley said, “but any services that help someone through it are beneficial!”

Do you have a story about Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana? If you do, we would love to hear it. Put it in the comments below, or email it to arecker@cancer-services.org.