Bonner County Daily Bee

CCS founding board member Tom Gibson honored for Community Service

February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am | Courtesy of Bonner County Daily Bee

SANDPOINT — Tom Gibson, D.A. Davidson senior vice president and financial advisor, has been named the recipient of the company's prestigious Bragg Lewis Knutson Community Service Award.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding volunteer efforts and is the highest honor given to a D.A. Davidson Companies associate.

His nominator said that Gibson has a strong commitment to social responsibility in Sandpoint and beyond. His passion is evident in his volunteer work, which has helped to create positive change in the community.

Particularly meaningful has been Gibson’s work as a founding board member of Community Cancer Services, created by a small group whose mission was to provide support to all local cancer patients, families, and caregivers. CCS has grown to provide many services, including counseling and support groups facilitated by licensed social workers, financial assistance through travel vouchers, and help with medical co-pays and loaned durable goods, among others.

Gibson was a founding board member of the Panhandle Alliance for Education, served on the board for 12 years and continues as an emeritus member. He was instrumental in establishing the PAFE endowment, which totals in excess of $2.3 million and provides some $80,000 annually for educational programs in Bonner County public schools. Since 2003, PAFE has awarded more than $1 million to fund 388 innovative grants to teachers.

As a black belt, Gibson donates his time to instruct students in the study of the martial art of Tang Soo Do, with the goal of helping youth to grow their confidence, discipline, physical abilities and other coping tools. Additionally, as a Rotarian for 22 years, Gibson has been an active member who served as the Sandpoint Rotary Club president and later became a founding member and current member of the Ponderay Rotary Club.

The full version of the article can be found here: http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/business/20170210/gibson_honored_for_community_service

CCS in the News: "FIRE CREW RAISES FUNDS FOR CANCER"

January 06, 2017 at 5:00 am | By MARY MALONE Staff writer

SANDPOINT — A local fire crew donated nearly $500 Wednesday to help fight cancer, following their 5th annual November mustache event.

A clean-shaven Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS crew on Nov. 1 grew their mustaches throughout "Movember," and on Dec. 1 threw a party at MickDuff's Beer Hall. During the party, they held contests for who had the best mustache and who had the creepiest mustache. MickDuff's gave $2.50 of each beer sold to the firefighters for their fundraising efforts.

“November is Movember … it’s all about prostate cancer awareness,” said Selkirk Lt. Glen Cassidy. “But instead of donating to the prostate cancer research, we decided that we will do an event but we want to donate locally.”

Full story available here: 

http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/local_news/20170106/fire_crew_raises_funds_for_cancer

CCS in the News: "COUNTY RODEO WINS HONORS"

December 25, 2016 at 5:00 am | By MARY MALONE Staff writer

SANDPOINT — In its second year operating as a professional rodeo, the Bonner County Rodeo was recently awarded 2016 Small Rodeo of the Year through the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Columbia River Circuit.

...each evening of the event, the rodeo committee had a few people hit the stands with buckets to collect as much money as they could in 60 seconds from the crowd.

In two nights, therefore two minutes, the committee raised nearly $1,800. One-hundred percent of those funds went to the local organizations Community Cancer Services and Bonner County Hospice.

"Hopefully it catches on more and more as the years go by, but 100 percent of those funds go to the local cancer organizations — we don't hold any out and none of it gets sent out of town," he said.

The 2017 Bonner County Rodeo is scheduled for Aug. 4-5. Pre-sale tickets will be available in the spring at $13 for adults and $7 for kids. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for kids, or a two-day family pass will be available, which includes two adults and two kids, for $50 — one of the "best deals in family entertainment," Cornelius said.

Full article available here:  http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/local_news/20161225/county_rodeo_wins_honors

CCS in the News: "PROMOTION AIDS CCS"

November 09, 2016 at 5:00 am |

The Bedazzled Bras and Pink shirts promotion was a fantastic success, raising more than $800 for Community Cancer Services thanks to the generous efforts of more than 36 local merchants and their willingness to wear a bedazzled bra or pink shirt. Community Cancer Services is supporting nearly 200 local cancer patients at this time. Pictured accepting the $800 check from the Daily Bee are Bambi Lassen, left, a social worker with CCS, and Cindy Marx, director, right.

Article courtesy of the Bonner County Daily Bee:  http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/lifestyles/20161109/promotion_aids_ccs

CCS in the News: "BOOBS ‘N’ BEER RAISES $10,000"

November 02, 2016 at 11:29 am | By MARY MALONE Staff writer

SANDPOINT — The efforts by 7B Women to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a combination of boobs and beer paid off Tuesday as the group presented $5,000 each to Community Cancer Services and Celebrate Life.

The 7B Women, a committee of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, hosted the "Boobs 'N Beer" event on Oct. 2, which included a 5K fun run followed by an Oktoberfest celebration afterward at MickDuff's Beer Hall.

About 275 men, women and children, many dressed in pink representing the signature color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, hit the Sand Creek Trail at Sandpoint City Beach in support of the event's purpose. Along with all the individual support, the event garnered more than 20 community sponsors, as well as several corporate-level sponsors, including Selle Valley Construction, Idaho Forest Group, North Idaho Flood and Fire, Washington Trust, Ponderay Insurance and Sandpoint Title Insurance.

In a statement released Tuesday, Jenn Markwardt of Sandpoint Title Insurance and 7B Women member who helped coordinate the event, said the committee could not have asked for a better response for the community and event sponsors.

"The generous support of so many local businesses coupled with the enthusiasm of all of our runners made for an amazing day and an even more result for our two beneficiaries," she said in the statement. "Our initial goal was to raise $4,000 in the first year — to have raised over $10,000 really speaks to the extreme generosity of our community and to the amazing work both CCS and Celebrate Life do for those affected by cancer in our community."

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"We are grateful for every dollar we get," Cindy Marx, vice president of the CCS board, said in the statement. "This money all goes to people of Bonner and Boundary County (who) have come to us seeking help. The only prerequisite for receiving help from us is that they have to prove a cancer diagnosis. No one plans or budgets for a cancer diagnosis."

The mission of 7B Women includes supporting women in business and providing education and networking resources, as well as a philanthropic obligation to the community.

Each year the committee hosts two signature events, and "Boobs 'N Beer" was this year's second event.

Full article available here:  http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/local_news/20161102/boobs_n_beer_raises_10000

CCS in the News: "FIREFIGHTERS TURN OUT TO FIGHT CANCER"

October 09, 2016 at 5:00 am |

SANDPOINT — In addition to fighting fires, Selkirk firefighters will be in the pink this month to support the fight against breast cancer.

The firefighters are sporting the color pink in their normal uniform throughout October as part of their effort to bring awareness to the fight against breast and other cancers.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a perfect opportunity to advocate for men and women everywhere in their fight against breast cancer and to educate the public about this important issue, said Michael Gow, firefighter with the Selkirk Fire Department and president of JAFF Local 2319.

“Firefighters are motivated to get involved for many reasons, and often it’s because they have been personally affected by the disease,” said Gow. “We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give so that no breast cancer patient goes without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure.”

Full article available here:  http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/local_news/20161009/firefighters_turn_out_to_fight_cancer

CCS in the news: 'CAL AIDS COMMUNITY CANCER SERVICES'

September 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Community Assistance League recently presented a check for $3,353 to the local Community Cancer Services organization from the proceeds of CAL’s fourth annual Paws for a Cause poker dog walk held this summer at Balto Park in Dover. This has become an annual event sponsored by CAL and held in June. Everyone is welcome to participate to help raise funds to support our local non-profit cancer support group. Along with the many local business sponsors that donated goods and services, CAL is proud to be a supporter of this vital community service. Pictured, from left, are Tina Reynolds, CAL social chair; Linda Zinn, CAL president; and Helen Andring, Community Cancer Services.

http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/lifestyles/20160913/cal_aids_community_cancer_services

CCS in the news: ‘IT’S AN INCREDIBLE GIFT’

SANDPOINT — Thanks to the virtuous efforts of the Hidden Lakes Ladies’ Traveling Golf Club, cancer patients in Bonner and Boundary counties will continue to get the help they need from Community Cancer Services.

The Hidden Lakes Ladies, now more than 10 years old, held its annual guest day tournament and managed to raise a whopping $2,400, which they promptly donated to Community Cancer Services in Sandpoint.

Read more: http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/lifestyles/20160819/ccs_its_an_incredible_gift

—Photo by ERIC PLUMMER The Hidden Lakes Ladies present Community Cancer Services with a $2,400 check Wednesday. Pictured, from left, are Janis Goff, HLL treasurer; Helen Andring, CCS office manager; Alice Coldsnow, HLL captain; and Nancy McCanlies, HLL board member.

—Photo by ERIC PLUMMER The Hidden Lakes Ladies present Community Cancer Services with a $2,400 check Wednesday. Pictured, from left, are Janis Goff, HLL treasurer; Helen Andring, CCS office manager; Alice Coldsnow, HLL captain; and Nancy McCanlies, HLL board member.

CCS in the news: 'CCS MAKES CANCER JOURNEY EASIER'

NON-PROFIT TO EXPAND VOLUNTEER TEAM

August 09, 2015 at 7:00 am | By DAVID GUNTER Feature correspondent

SANDPOINT — All around us, there are people who find the meaning of life by staring death full in the face.

Helen Soderberg sees it happen on a daily basis. As office manager for Community Cancer Services — a local non-profit that has been serving the region since 2002 — she works closely with people who are fighting cancer and the caregivers who accompany them in that battle.

CCS stands ready to support their personal plan of attack, whether it involves rigorous application of traditional medicine or an entirely different course of natural treatment.

“It’s a journey,” said Soderberg. “The moment you have a diagnosis of cancer, the rest of your life is changed. Our place is to be a cheerleader and love on people and help make their journey successful, no matter how they choose to take it.”

For the rest of the story, see the print edition of the Bonner County Daily Bee or subscribe to our e-edition.

http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/news/local/article_e197b614-3e55-11e5-a418-aba87be7c7c8.html

Helen Soderberg, office manager at Community Cancer Services in Sandpoint, helps the organization deliver a variety of services that run from access to counseling to gas vouchers for those who must travel for treatments and medication assistance to offset the high cost of drugs. (Photo by DAVID GUNTER)

Helen Soderberg, office manager at Community Cancer Services in Sandpoint, helps the organization deliver a variety of services that run from access to counseling to gas vouchers for those who must travel for treatments and medication assistance to offset the high cost of drugs. (Photo by DAVID GUNTER)

CCS in the news: 'MOTHER AND DAUGHTER PURSUE A NEW LIFE AFTER BREAST CANCER'

October 20, 2013 at 7:00 am | By DAVID GUNTER Feature correspondent

SANDPOINT — Mary Faux is wearing pink today. Yes, it looks absolutely lovely on her, but that’s not the reason she leans toward this side of the color palette.

For Mary, pink is a power color, a shout-out to everyone she meets that breast cancer can be beat. She ought to know — both Mary and her daughter, Laura Faux Donnelly, battled breast cancer and won. The two women become especially vocal during the observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October.

“We have 30 years of survivorship between us,” said Laura, whose fight took place five years ago.

Laura was able to schedule all of her treatments in Sandpoint as she continued to work in the diagnostic imaging department at Bonner General Hospital. When her workday wrapped up, she walked down the hall for chemotherapy.

Staying close to home for treatment would not have been possible without the aid of Community Cancer Services, she pointed out. That organization was formed after one of the founders, Heather Gibson, fought her own eight-year battle with cancer before passing away in 2006. What Gibson found was that other cancer patients in Bonner and Boundary County were being routed as far away as Seattle for critical services.

Fueled by funding from the community and energy from friend and co-founder, local nurse practitioner Cynthia Dalsing, Gibson and CCS began to fulfill a mission of providing education, information and direct support to people with cancer and their families.  

“Heather Gibson had a vision for having cancer treatment in Sandpoint,” Laura said. “I’m so thankful she had that vision.”

Read the full article at: http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/news/local/article_e607b5ae-393a-11e3-a7e4-001a4bcf887a.html

For more information about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the importance of breast cancer screening, visit: www.nbcam.org

To learn more about support and services available locally through Community Cancer Services, as well as how to donate to or volunteer with the organization, visit: www.communitycancerservices.com

Mary Faux and her daughter, Laura Faux Donnelly, are breast cancer survivors who have 30 years of “survivorship” between them. During October’s observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the two are even more vocal than usual about the importance of mammograms as an early detection tool for all women. (Photo by DAVID GUNTER)

Mary Faux and her daughter, Laura Faux Donnelly, are breast cancer survivors who have 30 years of “survivorship” between them. During October’s observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the two are even more vocal than usual about the importance of mammograms as an early detection tool for all women. (Photo by DAVID GUNTER)