Fort Wayne, Ind. – Wednesday, May 26, 2010 — Parkview’s Comprehensive Cancer Center today presented the second-annual Cancer Care Awards to honor the dedication, determination, innovation, sacrifices, and courage of those whose efforts improve the quality of life for people who have cancer.
Cancer Care Award winners:
After losing her daughter to lung cancer in 2005, Anita DeSelm began a campaign to educate the community about lung cancer. She regularly visits schools across the area to discuss education and prevention. Anita also formed the Fort Wayne chapter of Lungs for Life (now known as Cancer-Free Lungs), which sponsors an annual walk and non-competitive run. Last week, the 4th annual Fort Wayne Cancer-Free Lungs two-mile walk/run was held. The event benefits the non-profit organization’s mission to provide knowledge and support through education, prevention and research.
Appleseed Quilters Guild
The guild has over 100 women who create and donate quilts to comfort children with cancer and brain tumors through Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do, a non-profit organization that serves children and adult cancer survivors in northeast Indiana. Extra quilts are distributed to pediatric oncology clinics and new pediatric patients. In addition, the Appleseed Quilters Guild has donated quilts to Parkview Hospital, American Red Cross, Vincent House, and Charis House, among other organizations. Each year, the guild hosts a quilt show and donates at least 10% of the earnings to charities involved with cancer.
“We are pleased to recognize deserving individuals who are making a positive difference for cancer patients,” said Dr. Alan Yahanda, Indiana Surgical Specialists and cancer liaison physician for the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Committee. “The awards program is a great way to highlight the care and compassion that people have for those in need. We hope today’s event will inspire others to find ways to give back to the community.”
The winners received custom stained glass artwork commissioned specifically for the award program from local artist and Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center staff member Laura Overholser, as well as recognition on a plaque in a display at the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center. The winners were chosen by a committee from among nominations received during March and April.