Cancer Family Care is proud to announce the new Linda Marie Degenhart Childcare Fund available to Cancer Family Care clients. The objective of the Linda Marie Degenhart Childcare Fund is to help offset the financial burden of childcare costs for families that are dealing with cancer. This program is funded by the Linda Marie Degenhart Forevermore Fund of the Community Foundation of West Chester Liberty. Cancer Family Care closely monitors the allocation of resources in order to promote fairness in their distribution.
Linda was an extremely giving and loving mother to Lindsay Wiseman and Mike Degenhart and wife to Jim Degenhart. For years, Linda provided childcare out of her home in West Chester. The Degenhart family lost Linda in 2011 to cancer. Linda devoted her life to child care. In keeping with her love of children and her battle with cancer, the Linda Marie Degenhart Forevermore Fund was established. The majority of the funds are raised at the annual Linda Maria Degenhart Forevermore Fund Golf Outing, which took place at the Green Crest Golf Course on May 25. Please mark your calendar for May 24, 2014, for the next golf outing.
If you would like to learn more about the Linda Marie Degenhart Childcare Fund, please call (513) 731-3346.
The 11th Annual Joslin Haggart Yeiser Unsung Hero Awards Banquet, held on May 21 at the Kingsgate Marriott, was a celebration of triumph for the newest class of unsung heroes and their family and friends. More than 200 people gathered to celebrate the many acts of quiet heroism performed by cancer patients and the people who care for them. Presenting Sponsor, Mercy Health Partners, and Gold Sponsors, Bartlett and Company, TriHealth Cancer Institute, and Western & Southern Financial Group, sponsored the event. Cammie Dierking, master of ceremonies, announced the names of 12 patients, caregivers, and oncology professionals who have shown strength and heroism in the face of cancer. Individual awards were presented in each category as well as other Cancer Family Care awards for dedicated service.
Joslin Haggart Yeiser Unsung Heroes for 2013
Lisa Gebhart, RN
Gail Greenburg, RN
Janet Lang, Certified Tumor Registrar
James Maher, MD
Kim Robben King
The Pauline Cohen Award was presented to the Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation for LIVING with Breast Cancer. The organization honors women and families living with breast cancer by sending them on vacations, having a relaxing spa day with a friend, or enjoying a lunch or night out on the town.
Cancer Family Care presented its first Community Impact Award to North College Hill School. For the past three years, the North College Hill students have hosted a walk in honor of their teacher, Danielle Lintz, in recognition of her battle with cancer. All proceeds from the walks have been donated to Cancer Family Care in support of our mission. With the aid of Mrs. Lintz and Kristi Booth, the students plan, raise the money, and organize the day of the event. Cancer Family Care is extremely honored to be the recipients of their dedicated work.
Over 500 guests joined us Saturday, November 3, at the Manor House in Mason, Ohio, to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of our wine tasting and auction. Started 33 years ago in a private home by John and Rosemary Van Kirk, this event has grown to become one of the city's premier events—and this year continued the tradition!
The dedicated steering committee, led by co-chairs Kathy Schroder, Kelly Flood, and Chrissy Ward, did a spectacular job of securing exciting silent, super-silent, and live auction items including a weekend in New York City, a fabulous case of California cult wines, dinner for 10 at Tano Bistro in Loveland, and the ever-popular "52 Weeks of Wine." The auction's surprise lot was a private dinner catered by French Master Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and hosted by a private resident in Mount Adams. Three dinners were sold!
This year we launched our partnership with Dhani Jones' BowTie Cause by introducing our very own bow tie! You can still purchase our signature bow tie by calling our central office, (513) 731-3346, or by contacting Jill Settlemyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jill Leslie, long-time volunteer and supporter, was honored as the recipient of the Heart Award for Outstanding Service to the agency. The event was a smashing success, raising a net profit of over $220,507 for Cancer Family Care's Treehouse Children's Services Program. This was the most successful year in the history of the event.
Of course, the event would not be possible without the continued support of our loyal sponsors. We would like to thank the Cincinnati International Wine Festival for their generous presenting sponsorship and Western & Southern Financial Group for joining us once again as Dom Perignon sponsors.
On Saturday, June 9, Cancer Family Care headed up to Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio, to put on Camp Courage, a one-day camp experience for children ages 5 to 18 who've been impacted by a cancer diagnosis in the family. This was the eighth annual Camp Courage hosted by Cancer Family Care, and the second year it has been held at Camp Joy.
Campers were greeted by CFC staff members and volunteers who serve as group leaders for the day. Our fabulous volunteers had the opportunity to interact with a small group of kids throughout the entire day, not only ensuring they stay safe and have a good time, but also taking time to listen to them share the various circumstances that bring them to Camp Courage. Being a volunteer for the day at Camp Courage has always been reported as an incredibly rewarding experience, and this year was no different.
In the morning, campers rotated through a variety of stations staffed by CFC social workers, counselors, and staff. Activities included tie-dying a pillowcase to demonstrate how things can get kind of messy when cancer comes into one's life, or participating in a relaxing guided imagery exercise to demonstrate the importance of calming oneself when feeling overwhelmed. Another station staffed by CFC social worker Tammy Miller-Ploetz led the groups through a sharing time in which they discussed the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis or loss in the family. The ever-popular anger wall returned, giving kids the chance to blast a wall with water balloons to demonstrate fun ways to handle anger. Finally, kids got the chance to know their group members a little better through some group games that broke the ice and loosened everyone up a bit.
After the morning rotations, campers enjoyed a fantastic lunch from the folks at Camp Joy. By the time lunch was over, board member Doug Flora, MD, had arrived and was ready to serve as our resident oncologist for the "Ask the Doctor" session. Dr. Flora thoughtfully and graciously put cancer and all of its details into terms kids could understand. He also fielded questions about how cancer treatments work, why some treatments work and others do not, where cancer comes from, and a variety of other questions that the children had been wondering about.
The afternoon was spent taking advantage of the wonderful amenities of Camp Joy. Some got the chance to put their archery skills to the test, some made crafts, while others saw some of nature's finest animals on display at the nature center. The older kids got the chance to face their fear of heights on the high-ropes course and zipline experience. The staff at Camp Joy reminded the kids that sometimes it's hard to be brave, but there can be some incredible rewards in store if they put themselves out there, which is a very valuable lesson to take home for everyone involved.
The purpose of Camp Courage can best be summed up by these three points: to teach children that they are not alone in their journeys, to help children learn new ways of coping with the stress that cancer brings to a family, and to remind them that, through it all, it's important to sometimes just be a kid and have fun.
Cancer Family Care would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers who spent a summer Saturday with us and the children. We could truly not do it without you! We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Without their financial support, Camp Courage could not exist. And finally, a special thanks to our friend Ken Stigler, who graciously served again as our photographer. We look forward to doing it all again next year!