Monday, October 14, 2019

Kroger Launches 41st “Fight Cancer Day” Fundraising Campaign

Last week, Kroger and local participating agencies held the opening event of their annual fundraiser at the Coventry Lane Kroger in Fort Wayne. Kroger’s Central Division once again encourages the people of northeast Indiana to “Join the Fight” as a donor in the annual “Fight Cancer Day” campaign.

Representing the agencies this year were Tammy Royer for the American Cancer Society — Indiana, Sarogini Ranasinghe for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and Polly Workman for Francine’s Friends. Each is a cancer survivor and can share a powerful story of courage and resiliency to help raise money in the fight against cancer

“Kroger is proud to start the drive by pledging a portion of today’s sales to this year’s campaign,” said Todd Graham, Kroger district manager. “Fight Cancer Day offers all of us a chance to acknowledge the strength and tenacity of cancer survivors and their families. We are grateful to everyone who contributes to support the agencies that provide such an important service in the fight against cancer.”

In addition to donations raised on Oct. 3, shoppers will be able to make donations at the cash register throughout the month of October. New this year is a special day for each organization:

· On Friday, Oct. 11, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana received all customer donations made that day.

· On Friday, Oct. 18, the donations will go to Francine’s Friends.

· On Friday, Oct. 25, American Cancer Society will receive all donations made.

Kroger’s Fight Cancer Day proceeds exceeded $50,000 in 2018, boosting the total raised through the event’s 40-year history to more than $5 million.

“Francine’s Friends is incredibly proud and excited to partner with Kroger, Cancer Services, and ACS in Fight Cancer Day once again,” said Marita Dwight-Smith, director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. “At year 15, our program has a unique and long history with Kroger, and we continue to bring the Francine Friend’s coach to Fort Wayne area Kroger stores throughout the year. This is about making early detection available to all women in our community, regardless of any barriers, and we are thrilled to join forces each October with Kroger.”

So shop, shop, shop!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Roundtable Discussion Planned as Part of Oct. 11 “Lunch with Friends”

For those of you planning on attending the 15th annual “Lunch with Friends” on Oct. 11, you’re in for a real treat! Tina Conrad, breast cancer survivor and podcaster, DJ Breast Cancer, will be facilitating a roundtable discussion that will include Stefani Yudasz, NP, Advanced Practice Provider and manager of the high-risk clinic at Parkview Cancer Institute, and Rebecca Nelson, MS, CGC, Lead Genetic Counselor, Parkview Health.

Tina has lived the breast cancer journey both as the survivor and the daughter of one.

As a breast cancer survivor and podcaster, Tina shares her inspirational journey through breast cancer with episodes on diagnosis, chemo, radiation and life after cancer with her inspirational podcasts DJ Breast Cancer. As a 5-year cancer survivor, Tina describes the challenges and beauty from a diagnosis.

Tina has lived the breast cancer journey both as the survivor and the daughter of one. Tina knows both sides of the story. She has been the ears that have heard, the eyes that have watched and the hand holder. She too has been the body that has been sick, weak and worn. Her soul has come forward with unyielding optimism about her own future and that of her fellow survivors. Through her experiences, those affected by breast cancer will find inspiration that they too can hope for a promising future that will wipe away the pain of the past, replacing it with joy and gratitude.

You can listen to Tina’s podcasts by clicking here

Stefani Yudasz, NP, is a board certified women’s health advanced practice provider. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University followed by her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She is pleased to bring advanced experience in breast health and high risk management to Parkview Health. She is licensed by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and received her board certification through the National Certification Corporation. Stefani also holds a faculty position at Vanderbilt University in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

In addition, Stefani manages the high risk breast clinic at the Parkview Cancer Institute which specializes in the care of women and men who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer.

Rebecca Nelson is a licensed genetic counselor in the state of Indiana and is certified through the America Board of Genetic Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Bucknell University in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania and her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Rebecca began her career at Parkview Health in 2014, as a prenatal and cancer genetic counselor, but after seeing the growing need in the oncology field, transitioned to cancer full time. Rebecca is currently the lead genetic counselor at the Parkview Cancer Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she educates
and manages individuals with hereditary cancer risks.

Additionally, Rebecca serves as the secretary for the Indiana Network for Genetic Counselors and is a weekly volunteer at GiGi’s Playhouse, Fort Wayne’s Down Syndrome achievement center.

If you haven’t yet confirmed your intent to attend the Oct. 11 event, email Marita Dwight-Smith at or contact her at 260.249.0154.