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A Tribute and Goodbye to a Dear Friend

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Jeanne (R) with Bill Kunkel, board member, and Dianne May at the 2011 Tribute Dinner

by Dianne May, President & CEO

Cancer Services lost a stalwart friend this week with the passing of Jeanne Schouweiler. She was the CSNI Champion of Hope award winner last fall at our annual Tribute Dinner and a long-time supporter of Cancer Services. Here is an excerpt of that evening:

“It is such an honor to recognize Jeanne and her long-standing commitment to the organization this evening.

Like many volunteers, Jeanne became aware of Cancer Services, then the Allen County Cancer Society, when cancer personally touched her life. She began volunteering in the early 1970’s by delivering bandages and bed pads made by volunteers to cancer patients in the community. Her daughter Lisa remembers as a child accompanying her mother on these trips to help others.

Jeanne is a woman of strong faith who deeply values friendships, possesses a sincere desire to serve others and is a blessed with a remarkable energy level. She is the kind of friend we all need and hope for in our lives and Jeanne’s gift of friendship crosses multiple generations.

When I first met Jeanne she was clear and passionate when telling me how important she believed it was for our community to understand that Cancer Services is an entirely local organization. For many years she has made it a priority to spread the word about our mission to help local people here in our community.

In all the things she has done and continues to do, she never seeks personal recognition. She volunteers and serves because she values people.

At Cancer Services we have staff members who serve as personal advocates for families. Jeanne is an advocate for the mission of providing encouragement and practical help. Another volunteer at the organization has coined the phrase, “having a heart for cancer.” Jeanne truly has a heart for cancer and coupled with her remarkable energy and desire to serve others has become a champion of hope for many. It is fitting that as she celebrates a milestone birthday this fall we celebrate her gifts of compassion and service to others.

A Look Back at Our Journey Around the World

Our annual Design on Life “Journey Around the World” celebration has landed and it was a fabulous success. It was a wonderful evening at our new location, Ceruti’s. The night was filled with friends – both new and old – stellar auction items, delicious international food and music, heart-warming testimonials and more.

Most importantly, we raised valuable donations (a 20% increase from 2011) to boost our mission. 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.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors for making this event possible. Together, we continue to have a positive impact on the lives of people with cancer right here in Northeast Indiana.

Enjoy this peek into the evening’s activities. Thanks for coming along on this “Journey Around the World” with us!

Volunteer Spotlight: Bill Seidel

Bill Seidel facilitates the “Us Too” Prostate Cancer Support Group, as well as the Advanced Prostate Cancer Discussion Group at Cancer Services. During their regular meetings, he spends countless hours providing encouragement and support to hundreds of men with prostate cancer. As part of his work with the support groups, Bill recognized the need for a caregivers’ support group for spouses and partners of men with prostate cancer. He and his wife, Laine, initiated this group in March of 2009. He also networks at a national level with prostate cancer research and support groups and stays informed about the latest research and advocacy issues, bringing that insight back to Cancer Services to help his support group attendees.