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Starke County Relay for Life Gets Under Way Today

Starke County’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society gets under way today at noon at the Hamlet Fairgrounds. Organizers of the 18-hour event hope to raise $67,000 this year. Ericka Taylor-Joseph is in charge of fundraising. She says Starke County’s event consistently raises more money than those held in larger communities. Teams range in size from just a few members to 30 or more. Taylor-Joseph says while organizers would like each team to have a participant on the track at all times, it’s not a requirement.  Continue reading

Oregon-Davis Students Surpass Mini-Relay Goal

20140530_134900Each year the Oregon-Davis School Corporation does their part for cancer research by collecting donations for the American Cancer Society.

Elementary school special education teacher Roberta Salyer is responsible for starting the program and for keeping it running for ten years now. Last year the school raised $1,200 for ACS. This year their goal was $1500. Classrooms had donation jars in them over the last few weeks and people could make donations at yesterday’s mini relay for life.

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Great American Smoke Out Urged Americans to Drop the Habit

The American Cancer Society’s 38th Great American Smoke Out was held yesterday, when Starke County residents were encouraged to drop the habit in celebration of the event. Brittany Ward, a respiratory therapist at IU Health Starke Hospital, said even though the event is over, now is still the perfect time to quit.

“According to the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smoke Out is held on the third Thursday in November. During this day, smokers across the nation make a plan to quit or plan in advance to quit smoking today. It challenges people to stop using tobacco and makes people aware of the many tools and resources they can use to quit for good,” Ward said.

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Affordable Care Act Offers Options for Breast Cancer Patients, Survivors

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is almost at an end. This year’s observance marks a major shift, as more women will be able to access the health care they need. Matt Schafer works for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. He says under the Affordable Care Act, women cannot be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition such as breast cancer.

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North Judson Resident Walking 2079 Miles Encouraging ACS Donations

A North Judson man set off this weekend on a soul-searching journey across the country with the hopes of raising funds for the American Cancer Society in the process. Wes Carter, 22, began a 2079-mile walk Saturday evening around 7 p.m., heading toward San Diego – an on-foot journey that he expects to take roughly two months.

His journey soon turned into more than just a very long walk as he decided to contact ACS, turning the adventure into something more. Carter’s family had been touched by cancer, and he decided that raising awareness and encouraging donations to ACS along their trip was something he needed to do.

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Todd Russell Hovarter

Todd Russell Hovarter, 49, Knox, Indiana passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  Funeral services will be Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Palmer Funeral Home in Lakeville, Indiana.  Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Olive Lucille Lawson

Olive Lucille Lawson, 81, of Winamac, Indiana passed away Friday, December 28, 2012.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Visitation is Tuesday from Noon until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Pulaski Healthcare Center Activities Fund, American Cancer Society or to the Winamac High School Athletic Fund.

Gladys Moroni

Gladys Moroni, 94, of Knox, Indiana passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. CT at the M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox.   Visitation is Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.

Nancy K. Johnson

Nancy K. Johnson, 69, of Conroe, Texas passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012.  Graveside services will be Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, Indiana.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  The Frain Mortuary in Winamac is in charge of arrangements.

George J. Minarik

George J. Minarik, 92, of South Bend, Indiana passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012.  Funeral services will be Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Noon ET at the Kaniewski Funeral Home in South Bend.  Visitation is Friday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Donald R. (Bake) Baker

Donald R. (Bake) Baker, 83, of Buffalo, Indiana passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Miller-Roscka Funeral Home in Monticello.  Visitation is Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the Buffalo Christian Church or to the American Cancer Society.

Judy Lee Bechinski

Judy Lee Bechinski, 72, of Hanna, Indiana passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012.  Funeral services will be Monday, September 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. CT at the Faith United Methodist Church in Wanatah, Indiana.  Visitation is Monday after 11:00 a.m. CT until the time of services at the church.  Memorials may be made to the church or to the American Cancer Society.  The Essling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian L. (Lorry) Rentfrow

Lillian L. (Lorry) Rentfrow, 77, of Idaville, Indiana passed away Sunday, August 19, 2012.  Funeral services will be Friday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the First Church of God in Idaville.  Visitation is Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET and Friday one hour prior to services at the church.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Arrangements are being handled by the Miller-Roscka Funeral Home in Monticello.

John T. Drang

John T. Drang, 71, of Culver, Indiana passed away Friday, August 3, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver.  Visitation is Wednesday after 10:00 a.m. ET until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, American Cancer Society or to the North Salem Church of God.

Linda L. Collins

Linda L. Collins, 64, of Noblesville, Indiana passed away Wednesday, July 18th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Sunday, July 22nd, 2012  at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Harrison-Metzger and Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel.  Visitation is Sunday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to any other organization for children.

Ernest Brovold

Ernest Brovold, 86, of Koontz Lake, Indiana passed away Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012.  Funeral services will be Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Donaldson, Indiana.  Visitation is Sunday from 2:00-6:00 pm. ET at the Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel and Monday at the church one hour prior to services.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Koontz Lake Association, to Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

Geraldine L. Wittmack

Geraldine L. Wittmack, 96, of Wanatah, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, May 30th, 2012.  Funeral services will be Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. CT at the Salem Church in Wanatah.  Visitation is Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at church.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Salem Church.  The Wanatah Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn Hensler

Kathryn Hensler, 99, of Hamlet, Indiana, passed away Saturday, May 5th, 2012.  A private funeral service will be held.  A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET at the Beaver Creek Township Cemetery in Crawford County, Michigan.  Memorial contributions may be given to Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson or to the American Cancer Society.  The Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is handling arrangements.

Oregon-Davis Students to Hold Mini Relay for Life

The Oregon-Davis students will host a Mini-Relay to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Students will be collecting money from now until the day of the event, May 18th. The students will walk on the school grounds in the abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The Mini-Relay will be an all-day event complete with music, games, class banners, and luminaria bags decorated by the students in memory or in honor of a family member or friend with cancer.

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