Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is celebrating 75 years of service during it annual Tribute Dinner in September.

During this 15th annual dinner, recognition will be given to the organization and the efforts they have made to bring comfort and hope to local cancer patients. Special tribute will of course also be paid to survivors, caregivers and the medical professionals that have devoted their lives to fighting this disease.

Paqui Kelly, co-founder of the Kelly Cares Foundation and wife to Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, will be the keynote speaker to share her experiences as a breast cancer survivor.

The Champion of Hope award will also be presented to this year’s recipient at the dinner. The recipient has not been announced yet.

The dinner will take place on Sept. 4 at the Parkview Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. Tickets are $100 each.

VA aiding in the fight at home

Mental health care is a tough subject for anyone to talk about. The VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System wants to make the conversation a little easier through education.

On Aug. 16, the VA will host a mental health summit for veterans and their families to talk about improving access to mental health care. Special attention will be paid to the mental health of female veterans during the day’s breakout sessions.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the Parkview Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne.

AWS supports GiveHear efforts

AWS Foundation has given $35,000 to GiveHear, a local nonprofit that provides support for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

GiveHear intends to sue the money to continue operations and expand its client base to help more people who may be uninsured or under-insured.

“Thanks to this very generous support from the AWS Foundation, GiveHear is able to continue growing our audiology services to individuals of all ages with disabilities,” Brian White, GiveHear’s executive director, said in a statement. “This funding helps us reach towards our vision that no person is prevented from full participation in life due to hearing loss.”

Medicaid info session planned

Koler Law Office is giving the community a crash course in Medicaid.

During an informational session called “Medicaid Planning 101,” attorney Lindsey Koler will walk people through how to determine your financial Power of Attorney, estate planning and Medicaid planning.

The presentation will take place at 6 p.m., Aug. 13, at Hamilton Place Senior Living, 2116 Butler Road, Fort Wayne. Admission is free and people can RSVP by calling 260-341-8643.

Chelsea Boulrisse is an experienced reporter who primarily covers health care and the medical device industry. You can send information for her weekly column to or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3307.

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