Today I want to start the New Year by thanking everyone who has been a part of what the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care is doing in Wyoming! This past year has been exciting and come with many changes. It has been a year of growth for us, as will the next year. Since we received our official 501(c)3 letter of exemption separate from the eplus Cancer Care Foundation, we are looking towards 2019 with plans for expanding our reach throughout Wyoming.  I was hired this summer, as the first executive director of the Foundation and we became more organized as a board as we started taking the Foundation in our own direction. In 2019 we plan to hold our first fundraisers outside of Casper, and meet with social workers in many cancer clinics across the state to expand the number of patients who are able to take advantage of our services.   2018 Fundraisers   This January the Foundation held the Country for Cancer concert. John Michael Montgomery performed at the Events Center. Sponsors were very generous and the event was a lot of fun for everyone involved. In 2019 we want to hold a similar event in the summer.  In July, we participated in the parade and sold Tough Enough to Wear Pink gear all week at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo again. This event made $2000 and allowed us opportunity to hand out brochures and advertise Rocky Mountain Oncology’s free cancer screenings on CWFR pink day. We also made $800 in a community impact fundraiser at Pizza Ranch!  This year’s Foundation Friday  in September was our most successful fundraiser. Many businesses around Casper helped by donating items for auction packages. and we sold 150 tickets and raised $52,000 in silent and live auctions, thanks to very generous donors including a match sponsorship!  The Ta-Ta Trot in September came earlier this year because of the date switch for the Women’s Expo. We had 157 runners, and thanks to many generous sponsors the event made $6500.  It was a beautiful morning, and an awesome way to kick off breast cancer awareness week in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Oncology’s free cancer screenings at the Women’s Expo.  In November our Reindeer Relay made $2700 and celebrated the Christmas season with 200 runners, 20 volunteers, and 10 dozen cookies. It was an amazing way to work together with the City of Casper and we had an amazing time in our Christmas best!   Patient Assistance   This year the Foundation has assisted 109 patients with 194 non-medical expenses like bills, and grocery and gas cards, wigs and mastectomy prosthetics, home care and many varied expenses. These requests are evaluated on a case by case basis and currently we are able to meet every qualifying patient request that comes to us! We also put together and delivered Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for patients who may have had a difficult time putting the meals together themselves.  Our Lodging and travel program has helped 55 patients this year stay in hotels near their treatment centers for more than 200 nights.  The Power in Pink campaign run by Mary Kay consultants allowed us to buy over 100 Satin Hands kits for patients which we will hand out all year. We got to start handing them out over the Christmas season!   The Angels Program   Rocky Mountain Oncology has hired a Volunteer Coordinator this year to oversee the Angels Workshop. Erin Jarboe has been with the program since the beginning of 2018 and has been a huge part of organizing the wig closet and breast boutique at Rocky Mountain Oncology. She also donates a ton of time to helping in all of the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care events.  This fall the American Cancer Society donated their Casper wig closet to the Angels. We now have over 150 wigs in inventory. The catalogues with pictures of all the wigs are available for patients who want to take a look at the collection before making an appointment.   The Angels held their annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner at Rocky Mountain Oncology the week before Thanksgiving, and each month they make smoothies or cocoa and take them to patients in chemo or in the waiting rooms.  This year the Angels made new patient kits for more than 50 patients and also put together 100 care packages monthly for patients in Rocky Mountain Oncology, including boxes of Christmas cookies this December.  The Angels program received a grant of $15,000 from the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative to restock and maintain the Breast Boutique at RMOC this year!   2019   As we all move forward to 2019 we have many exciting plans. We are able to increase our budget, and hope to raise $150,000 this year! More importantly, we want to increase the number of patients across Wyoming we can assist, and work with other cancer Clinics and foundations to increase access to screening opportunities and cancer care for all Wyoming Residents.  We are so blessed to work for Cancer patients in Wyoming and to work in this generous and loving community. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated, volunteered time, and participated in our events.   Happy New Year!  Abigail Strube  Executive Director

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Today I want to start the New Year by thanking everyone who has been a part of what the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care is doing in Wyoming! This past year has been exciting and come with many changes. It has been a year of growth for us, as will the next year. Since we received our official 501(c)3 letter of exemption separate from the eplus Cancer Care Foundation, we are looking towards 2019 with plans for expanding our reach throughout Wyoming.

I was hired this summer, as the first executive director of the Foundation and we became more organized as a board as we started taking the Foundation in our own direction. In 2019 we plan to hold our first fundraisers outside of Casper, and meet with social workers in many cancer clinics across the state to expand the number of patients who are able to take advantage of our services.

2018 Fundraisers

This January the Foundation held the Country for Cancer concert. John Michael Montgomery performed at the Events Center. Sponsors were very generous and the event was a lot of fun for everyone involved. In 2019 we want to hold a similar event in the summer.

In July, we participated in the parade and sold Tough Enough to Wear Pink gear all week at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo again. This event made $2000 and allowed us opportunity to hand out brochures and advertise Rocky Mountain Oncology’s free cancer screenings on CWFR pink day. We also made $800 in a community impact fundraiser at Pizza Ranch!

This year’s Foundation Friday  in September was our most successful fundraiser. Many businesses around Casper helped by donating items for auction packages. and we sold 150 tickets and raised $52,000 in silent and live auctions, thanks to very generous donors including a match sponsorship!

The Ta-Ta Trot in September came earlier this year because of the date switch for the Women’s Expo. We had 157 runners, and thanks to many generous sponsors the event made $6500.  It was a beautiful morning, and an awesome way to kick off breast cancer awareness week in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Oncology’s free cancer screenings at the Women’s Expo.

In November our Reindeer Relay made $2700 and celebrated the Christmas season with 200 runners, 20 volunteers, and 10 dozen cookies. It was an amazing way to work together with the City of Casper and we had an amazing time in our Christmas best!

Patient Assistance

This year the Foundation has assisted 109 patients with 194 non-medical expenses like bills, and grocery and gas cards, wigs and mastectomy prosthetics, home care and many varied expenses. These requests are evaluated on a case by case basis and currently we are able to meet every qualifying patient request that comes to us! We also put together and delivered Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for patients who may have had a difficult time putting the meals together themselves.

Our Lodging and travel program has helped 55 patients this year stay in hotels near their treatment centers for more than 200 nights.

The Power in Pink campaign run by Mary Kay consultants allowed us to buy over 100 Satin Hands kits for patients which we will hand out all year. We got to start handing them out over the Christmas season!

The Angels Program

Rocky Mountain Oncology has hired a Volunteer Coordinator this year to oversee the Angels Workshop. Erin Jarboe has been with the program since the beginning of 2018 and has been a huge part of organizing the wig closet and breast boutique at Rocky Mountain Oncology. She also donates a ton of time to helping in all of the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care events.

This fall the American Cancer Society donated their Casper wig closet to the Angels. We now have over 150 wigs in inventory. The catalogues with pictures of all the wigs are available for patients who want to take a look at the collection before making an appointment.

The Angels held their annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner at Rocky Mountain Oncology the week before Thanksgiving, and each month they make smoothies or cocoa and take them to patients in chemo or in the waiting rooms.

This year the Angels made new patient kits for more than 50 patients and also put together 100 care packages monthly for patients in Rocky Mountain Oncology, including boxes of Christmas cookies this December.

The Angels program received a grant of $15,000 from the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative to restock and maintain the Breast Boutique at RMOC this year!

2019

As we all move forward to 2019 we have many exciting plans. We are able to increase our budget, and hope to raise $150,000 this year! More importantly, we want to increase the number of patients across Wyoming we can assist, and work with other cancer Clinics and foundations to increase access to screening opportunities and cancer care for all Wyoming Residents.

We are so blessed to work for Cancer patients in Wyoming and to work in this generous and loving community. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated, volunteered time, and participated in our events.


Happy New Year!

Abigail Strube

Executive Director

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      The Foundation has had a busy summer! This year has come with many exciting changes for the Foundation. We acquired our own 501c3 non-profit status and will continue to offer our help to cancer patients here in Wyoming. We have strengthened our partnership with the Angels Cancer Care Program and they have joined our Foundation, including representation on our Board of Directors. We hired our first Executive Director and we can already boast of several successful fundraisers and free screening events.  After 11 years as a branch of the ePlus Cancer Care Foundation, the Foundation applied for its own status as a 501(c)3 organization through the IRS last year. In the transition, we invited the Angels Cancer Care Program, a group of volunteers with a rich history in Casper, to join us in our fight against cancer. Since so many of the Angels have personal experiences with cancer and have a great understanding of the unique needs of cancer patients, we are better together and can better serve cancer patients in Wyoming. Joining our Foundation and adding their passion with representation on our Board of Directors has helped shape our direction moving forward. This summer lots of hard work was put in by the Board of Directors to obtain our official letter of exemption from the IRS, making all donations to the Foundation and the Angels Program tax deductible.      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     At the beginning of the summer, we also hired our first Executive Director, Abigail Strube. Abi is a Wyoming native who understands the impact of cancer on a family. Born in Casper, she attended Kelly Walsh, Casper College, and the University of Wyoming before returning to Casper to join the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care. She loves Wyoming and is proud to serve its residents through a cause that hits close to home.  The  Board of Directors  is growing and the Foundation is spreading out into all corners of Wyoming. Dr. Robert Tobin continues to serve as the Board President, with accountant Rick Mason joining the Board this year as Treasurer. Ryea’ O’Neill is the Board Secretary and with the addition of two Angels Cancer Care Program members, Susie McMurry and Judy Murray, the Foundation’s Board of Directors continues to grow in its passion and depth.   We have helped patients from many cities all over Wyoming. The Foundation has helped over 176 patients with monetary needs like rent, utilities, travel expenses, and groceries in 2018. The Angels help many more patients everyday by making new patient gift bags with supplies to combat side effects of Chemotherapy. They sit with patients during their treatments and have helped make meals, drive patients to their appointments and pick up medications. The Foundation also has a collection of wigs, hats, and mastectomy prosthetics and bras available in the Angels Workshop, located onsite at Rocky Mountain Oncology Center.        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     The Angels often create gift bags with treats for patients at every holiday and cater meals once a month for cancer patients residing in temporary lodging while in treatment. After the new Masterson Place is finished, this service will continue there for all patients housed there from contributions of both the Foundation and the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation.        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     This summer was a busy one for all of the Foundation’s fundraising and community awareness efforts! We entered a float in the annual Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo Parade to broaden awareness of our annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) fundraiser and we shared flyers on behalf of Rocky Mountain Oncology Center to inform the public of their free cancer screenings.      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     The Foundation volunteered and shared resource brochures at the free cancer screenings and we were able to help connect Wyoming residents with physicians and resources. We had an amazing time at our TETWP booth this summer, despite all of the rain! Wyomingites turned out in numbers and contributed to our best year yet; which will result in numerous cancer patient assistance opportunities!     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     In July, the Foundation partnered with Pizza Ranch to host a Community Impact Night. In addition to Angel volunteers, members of the KWHS National Honors Society helped to make this event a success. We were able to meet with many community members and share our mission and ways to they can contribute by volunteering and being a part of what we do in the community.  This September, the Foundation held its first fundraiser as an official Wyoming 501(c)3. It was our greatest success yet! Thanks to many generous donors in the community, we had numerous baskets both for the live and the silent auctions. The Foundation is so proud to be a part this community with so many individuals and businesses who help us to ‘ take care of our own .’        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Every donor who has invested in our Foundation and our mission is helping to reduce the burden of cancer on local residents and build a better Wyoming. This year the Foundation had several very generous donations, and one donor who matched us up to $20,000!  These donors make it possible for us to continually expand our reach throughout the whole state and serve more patients every year.       

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     During the Wyoming Women’s Expo, the Foundation kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month with the 9th annual Ta-Ta Trot 5K Fun Run. Tanya Gygax, a breast cancer survivor, shared her cancer story to over 150 participants and 20 volunteers, reminding us all what we are working towards. She started the run with a message of strength and hope. It was a beautiful day enjoyed by all and we had an amazing time together. The Foundation is looking ahead to next year and have big plans for a mile marker – the 10th Annual Ta-Ta Trot.       

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     The Foundation’s next event this year will be the Reindeer Relay. Historically, the Angels Cancer Care Program hosts this event and the Foundation is so excited to join them this year to build something wonderful! Each year before the Holiday Square Celebration in Conwell Park, the 5k relay begins with the sharing of free mugs with hot chocolate or schnocolate (hot chocolate spiked with Schnapps)! Join us by forming a team with 8 of your friends, family, or coworkers, and let’s get in the spirit for the holiday season!

The Foundation has had a busy summer! This year has come with many exciting changes for the Foundation. We acquired our own 501c3 non-profit status and will continue to offer our help to cancer patients here in Wyoming. We have strengthened our partnership with the Angels Cancer Care Program and they have joined our Foundation, including representation on our Board of Directors. We hired our first Executive Director and we can already boast of several successful fundraisers and free screening events.

Jonathan's Angels

Jonathan's Angels

“I’m a generally happy-go-lucky kind of guy, but the people who helped me at the Foundation are truly Angels.”

Meet Jonathan. Jonathan, 61 years old, is a cancer patient. After dealing with concerning symptoms for some time, Jonathan finally went to see his doctor. He said he already knew what the doctor was going to tell him.

It was cancer. Prostate cancer. Advanced Prostate cancer.

“You see, I’ve seen it happen before,” he said. Jonathan’s father died from the same diagnosis. He remembered watching his father pass several years ago and a tear slipped from his eye as he smiled with the memory.

“I miss that old man every day. But I’m happy I got to be there in the end for him.” Jonathan shared.

Jonathan’s family resides in Washington and Colorado, but he calls Wyoming home. He said how important it was to him to be able to receive treatment locally for his cancer. Jonathan is in treatment at Rocky Mountain Oncology Center (RMOC) in Casper, Wyoming.

“That Dr. Lauro and Dr. Fahed, they really know what they are talking about and they worked hard to beat this cancer. I feel very blessed to have the special chemo and radiation nurses that I did. The staff is pretty amazing at Rocky Mountain Oncology.”

Being sick places a burden on one’s whole life and Jonathan explained how he couldn’t work, did not have benefits and struggled to pay monthly bills. He worked hard his whole life and to suddenly be in need of others was a change for him. He wasn’t sure where to turn, who to ask for help, or if there even was help out there for him as he went through cancer treatment.

Jonathan was connected with Kara, Financial Counselor, and Sam, Patient Navigator, at RMOC. Both Kara and Sam work hard to assist patients with the financial hardships cancer can create for them. They met with Jonathan sometimes daily during treatments and discussed what help was available to him.

As fate would have it, both Kara and Sam are Board members of the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care (WFCC) and they knew the Foundation could help Jonathan. The WFCC’s mission includes “reducing the impact of cancer for Wyoming residents by providing financial assistance.”

“Behind the diagnosis, all of us at the Foundation know there are real people facing real life struggles each and every day,” says Ryea’ O’Neill, Board Secretary. “We pride ourselves on helping Wyoming residents overcome some of those burdens from just needing a hug to assistance with monthly bills. The Foundation and our Angel volunteers are always there to help.”

“That’s exactly what they are, you see. They are Angels,” Jonathan said of Kara and Sam. “Those two ladies helped me so much and helped me keep a different positive mindset about this disease. I have a good mindset, a good outlook now because of the help I received from the Foundation. I just quit worrying about it. It’s one day at a time for me.”

Jonathan compared himself to a gear in the machine called cancer. He said the cancer treatment center, doctors and nurses are another gear. The WFCC is another gear in the machine and they all work together, hoping for positive outcomes.

“All I can hope for these days is that I will have been half the man my dad was in the end. I take it day by day and celebrate all the little things.” Jonathan said smiling as he walked away into the sunlight.

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      Make Sure You Can Connect With Us  ( even with the recent changes to Facebook )  We at the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care feel it is important for you to receive information on the cause, local events, and news updates through our Facebook page. Facebook has changed its algorithm recently and the changes may prevent you from seeing important updates from our us in your feed.   We have a solution!  Facebook makes these types of changes often. Although we’re not sure yet how this will affect your daily Facebook habits, there’s a way to make sure that you continue to see posts from us because they are important to you. Here’s how:     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      ON A MOBILE DEVICE    Log into your Facebook account and click on the three horizontal lines on the top right or bottom right (depending on phone type) of your screen.  This will open a new page with options like “Discover People,” “Events” and “Crisis Response.” Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Help and Settings” and click on “News Feed Preferences.”  This will open a new page with more menu options, including “Prioritize who to see first,” “Unfollow people,” and “Reconnect with people you unfollowed.”  Click “Prioritize who to see first.”  You’ll see a list of Facebook pages and profiles that you already like. Hopefully, your favorite news outlet is in there somewhere.  Scroll through the list and click on pages that publish the news that you want to keep seeing on a regular basis. The pages you choose will get a blue star in the lower right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called  Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care .    ON A DESKTOP COMPUTER      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     The steps for choosing what to see first while you’re using a desktop computer are similar.   First, log into your Facebook page and click the down arrow in the upper right corner of your screen. This will reveal a menu with a bunch of good stuff like your profile settings and payment options.  In this menu, click on “News Feed Preferences.”  A box will appear with even more menu items. Click on “Prioritize who to see first.”  Choose the pages you’d like to see first in your News Feed. The pages you choose will get a blue star icon in the upper right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called  Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care .    **Stories and videos from the pages you choose will appear first in your News Feed   across all your devices.**    

Make Sure You Can Connect With Us

(even with the recent changes to Facebook)

We at the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care feel it is important for you to receive information on the cause, local events, and news updates through our Facebook page. Facebook has changed its algorithm recently and the changes may prevent you from seeing important updates from our us in your feed.

We have a solution! Facebook makes these types of changes often. Although we’re not sure yet how this will affect your daily Facebook habits, there’s a way to make sure that you continue to see posts from us because they are important to you. Here’s how:

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ON A MOBILE DEVICE

  • Log into your Facebook account and click on the three horizontal lines on the top right or bottom right (depending on phone type) of your screen.
  • This will open a new page with options like “Discover People,” “Events” and “Crisis Response.” Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Help and Settings” and click on “News Feed Preferences.”
  • This will open a new page with more menu options, including “Prioritize who to see first,” “Unfollow people,” and “Reconnect with people you unfollowed.”
  • Click “Prioritize who to see first.”
  • You’ll see a list of Facebook pages and profiles that you already like. Hopefully, your favorite news outlet is in there somewhere.
  • Scroll through the list and click on pages that publish the news that you want to keep seeing on a regular basis. The pages you choose will get a blue star in the lower right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care.

ON A DESKTOP COMPUTER

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The steps for choosing what to see first while you’re using a desktop computer are similar.

  • First, log into your Facebook page and click the down arrow in the upper right corner of your screen. This will reveal a menu with a bunch of good stuff like your profile settings and payment options.
  • In this menu, click on “News Feed Preferences.”
  • A box will appear with even more menu items. Click on “Prioritize who to see first.”
  • Choose the pages you’d like to see first in your News Feed. The pages you choose will get a blue star icon in the upper right corner of their logo. Our Facebook page is called Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care.

**Stories and videos from the pages you choose will appear first in your News Feed across all your devices.**

 

8th Annual Ta-Ta Trot Brightens the Day

8th Annual Ta-Ta Trot Brightens the Day

Runners laced up their shoes this past Saturday morning for the annual Ta-Ta Trot in Casper. News 13 spoke with a runner who accomplished his first run in memory of his mother. See the full story here.