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: "Boobs ‘n Beer"

An unlikely combo to fight cancer

· SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
By Cameron Barnes
Reader Staff

Boobs ‘n Beer: It sounds like something out of a National Lampoon college comedy, right?

Well, this event will leave some people crying, but more likely from gratitude instead of laughter.

7B Women Committee members sport the new Boobs ‘N Beer event shirts

7B Women Committee members sport the new Boobs ‘N Beer event shirts

The inaugural Boobs ‘n Beer Fest—an event hosted by 7B Women, a committee of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce—aims to help families in need by raising money for Community Cancer Services and Celebrate Life. These two essential local organizations provide families affected by cancer with the money and resources they need to keep hope alive.

“We not only wanted to give back, but do it in a fun way, and it’s proving to be great,” 7B Women Committee member Jenn Markwardt said. “We’ve had an amazing turnout for registration so far [140-plus] and an incredible group of sponsors … We’re really looking forward to a fantastic first annual event. Hopefully we can do this for many years to come and raise a lot of money.”

As you might expect, there will be no shortage of beer on hand for thirsty attendees, but plenty of other attractions are planned, too. A 5K fun run will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, from Sandpoint City Beach and follows the Sand Creek Trail.

Full article available here: http://sandpointreader.com/boobs-n-beer/

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.

Jacey's Race

CCS is a proud beneficiary of Jacey's Race this year.  Held each summer, the event brings together community members of all ages to raise funds that go primarily to local families of children with cancer or life threatening illness.  Additional gifts are set aside for local organizations that support children and families struggling with this burden.

Learn more about Jacey's race here:  http://www.jaceys-race.com/about.html

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)

CCS in the news: 'CCS, COMMUNITY HELPING IN CANCER FIGHT'

August 27, 2013 at 7:00 am | By SARA DALEBOUT

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about Community Cancer Services to support Leadership Sandpoint’s “Got Gas” fundraiser. For more information please call (208) 255-2301 or email jess@communitycancerservices.org.

February 2011, I was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer with metastis to the liver. The main tumor was attached to my pancreas and my liver was 90 percent tumors.

We found a doctor at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Dr. Edward Lin who took me on and against the odds put me on treatment that almost a year later I was on my way to remission. Unfortunately we found in August 2012 the cancer had mutated making my treatment not effective, the tumors in the liver began to grow back and some found in a lymph node below the liver.

Treatments have consisted of seven different forms of chemotherapy, oral and IV, experimental combination; surgeries removing tumors, my first in December 2011 when the main tumor was removed and September 2012 where a fast-growing tumor was removed off my liver and removal of a lymph node.

Read the full story here: http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_4cd3ca0c-0ed9-11e3-b9a3-0019bb2963f4.html

CCS in the news: 'CCS DEDICATED TO CANCER PATIENTS, FAMILIES'

August 08, 2013 at 7:00 am |

TANYA WAGGONER, Sandpoint

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about Community Cancer Services to support Leadership Sandpoint’s “Got Gas” fundraiser. For more information please call 208-255-2301 or email jess@communitycancerservices.org.

I am honored to be asked to speak to all of you about Community Cancer Services and how they have helped me and my family.

In June 2008 my husband Brian was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He was only 40 years old at the time. We had three boys and a very busy life. Our days became filled with doctor appointments and surgeries then onto chemotherapy and side effects.

Up to that point I had always been a person who could handle anything. If I didn’t know the answer I would find a book to give it to me. Unfortunately there was no book on how to handle an ill husband with a terminal disease, three young children and a full-time job. Shortly after my husband’s diagnosis I was introduced to CCS and to Bambi. My children and I began counseling sessions with her.

Cancer has a way of turning your life upside down and then taking control of it. My goal was always to try and maintain as normal a life as possible. My husband wanted to continue to work and did so until two weeks before he passed. He wanted to coach his children in soccer and football. He wanted to travel and spend as much time as possible with us. I made it my mission to make this happen.

Read the full letter at: http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_26efa976-ffef-11e2-90c9-0019bb2963f4.html

CCS in the news: 'CCS LAUNCHES GAS FUNDRAISER'

August 02, 2013 at 7:00 am | By CAMERON RASMUSSON Staff writer

SANDPOINT — There are few things more distressing and financially taxing than a cancer diagnosis.

Not only do many people have to quit work to focus on treatments — they also have a bevy of medical expenses to handle. The overwhelming impact can leave some families at a loss. That’s why organizations like Community Cancer Services are so important, according to the participants of the latest Leadership Sandpoint class.

Unfortunately, budget cuts have forced CCS to scale back its gas voucher program. In response, Leadership Sandpoint is stepping up to limit that impact with the Got Gas campaign this August. Today from 2-5 p.m., class participants will be collecting donations at Super 1, Winter Ridge, Safeway, Yokes and Walmart to bolster the program. They’ll be manning booths and wearing custom T-shirts that read “I’ve got gas,” so they’ll likely make an impression, CCS executive director Jessica Martin said.

Read the full article at: http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/news/local/article_dc87ebb0-fb33-11e2-b638-001a4bcf887a.html

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