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June/July 2012 GYN Cancers Alliance provides education, resources and support to local women and caregivers affected by gynecologic cancers.

Bravo! Page. 3 And the winner is... Page. 4 Picnic In The Park Page. 6 Photo Courtesy of Scott Cotton Photography

Jan Robbins Executive Director Shanda Boling Programs Manager GYN Cancer Alliance 3023 S. Fort, Suite B Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 869.2220 Board of Directors 2011-12 Susan Daniel, President Sue George, President Elect Mike Green, Secretary Jason Jordan, Treasurer Becky Bach Andy Bennett Nancy Bolduc Stevia Bonebrake Mary Burmeister Donna Charles Robert Devore Brent Dunn

Mark Your Calendars!

June 1st- Relay for Life at the Ozark Fairgrounds. Join us for the survivors reception at 5:00pm followed by the survivors lap at 7:00pm.

July 12th- Board of Directors Meeting 8:00am Mercy C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Cancer Center

June 3rd- CoxHealth’s Cancer Survivors Day at the Springfield Cardinals. Get tickets at the Allenbrand Resource Center

July 13 – Springfield Cardinals Game- proceeds of tickets purchased through GYNCA go to GYNCA. Game starts at 7:08pm with fireworks after the game!

June 14th- Board of Directors Meeting 8:00am Mercy C.H. ”Chub” O’Reilly Cancer Center 2nd Floor June 21st- Picnic in the Park Support Group Meeting CHANGE OF LOCATION: Springfield Lake Boathouse 6:00pm Dinner provided, Cake walk. Survivors and families welcome. RSVP 869.2220

July 20 – Springfield Cardinals Game- proceeds of tickets purchased through GYNCA go to GYNCA. Game starts at 7:08pm with fireworks at night!

First Thursday Monthly: Caregivers Support Group at 4:30 p.m. in the Patient Classroom, Ste. 200. This group is for those who have a loved one with cancer.

Ann Grace

Sharing the Journey Cancer Support Group

Pat Hillme

July 19 – Support Group Meeting 6:00pm at The Library Center


Mercy Health

Judy Hancock

July 1- Springfield Cardinals Game- proceeds of tickets purchased through GYNCA go to GYNCA. Game starts at 6:08pm.

June 2nd- Mercy’s Cancer Survivors Day at C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Cancer Center 9:3011:30am.

Amy Fore Cindy Hail

June 29th- Springfield Cardinals Gameproceeds of tickets purchased through GYNCA go to GYNCA. Game starts at 7:08pm with fireworks after the game!

Meet’s every Tuesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This group is for patients in treatment, family and survivors. The support group focuses on coping techniques, communication skills, and current health information.

Cancer Caregiver Support Group

Sandra Lowther

Meets the 1st Thursday of each month 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The caregiver support group is for family members and caregivers whose loved ones are facing cancer. Participants share understanding, coping skills and ways of caring for themselves while caring for their loved ones.

Susan Mihalevich

Tai Chi Chih

Rosemary Lewis Kim Lorenzen

Janice Penney Angel Shortt Judy Thompson Tom Wells Ec-Officio Board Member Dr. Al Bonebrake Dr. Jay Carlson Founder Joy Lamberson-Klock

Meets every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Learn how to maintain energy and find the balance you desire with Tai Chi Chih. This unique form of body movements enhances relaxation, breath control, balance and stress management.

Meditation and Relaxation

Meets Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Learn meditation, relaxation, visualization and other techniques. The group utilizes discussion, exercises, practice and visualization.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Meets every Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Yoga promotes physical and mental well-being, using a combination of movements, poses and breathing techniques to enhance relaxation, tone the body and Improve circulation. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy yoga as part of their regular fitness routine.

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By Susan Daniel & Jan Robbins post-show comments and calls, we’re thinking that the “Men of GYNCA” may be a permanent addition to the show! While they represent all business in their board rooms, Ron Penney, Mike Green, Andy Bennett and Jason Jordan know how to stir up an audience! Thank you again for everyone’s hard work for the wonderful, upbeat show --- it was awesome! Kim Zimmerman & Bev Beckmeyer

Jill Miletto & Autumn Bragg

Bravo! GYNCA’s annual Spring Luncheon was a smashing success, and we want to thank everyone who participated in the planning and execution of a wonderful day! From the moment Lisa Rose took command of the audience for her 11th year, it was non-stop awareness, camaraderie and fun! To our courageous survivors, board members, GYNCA friends and professional models, you rocked the stage in this year’s awesome show choreographed by The Harem and joined by fashions and talent from Town & County and Krickets Fine Fashions. Dr. Al Bonebrake, Jay Carlson and Kristy McCall shared important and timely information about prevention of cervical cancer, detection, treatment and ongoing gynecologic cancer research updates. And based on

To our luncheon sponsors, donors, attendees and vendors, we couldn’t have done it without you! Each of you plays a key role in GYNCA’s ongoing mission to provide support and services to women and families affected by gynecologic cancers, and we thank each of you for your ongoing support and encouragement! It continues to be an incredible growth year for GYNCA in so many ways … both in demand for services and support from the numbers of women seeking assistance as well as the hard work of a supportive board of directors, each of whom continues to rise to every occasion to meet an ever-increasing demand. We’ll look forward to seeing you soon at The Cyndi Sullivan Memorial “Tee Up Fore Teal” golf tournament at Highland Springs (May 21st), our survivors, families and caregivers picnic (June 21st) at Springfield Lake Boathouse, Springfield Cardinals Teal in the Park day (Sunday, Aug. 19th), Teal to Heel at Hickory Hills (Friday, Sept.14th) and a host of other awareness and survivor-driven opportunities during September Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancers Awareness Month! Visit for additional details and registration or call 869-2220!

June/July 2012

And The Winner is...

Little did Sandra know when she was

driving to Springfield for GYNCA’s spring luncheon that she would be the big prize winner of the day, but that’s exactly what happened! She shared with others sitting at her table that she really wanted to do something special for she and husband Don’s anniversary , but had no idea how that would be possible. Nevertheless, she remained hopeful as numbers were drawn for all of the other prizes. That’s who Sandra is … hopeful.

Sandra Williams!!!

By Shanda Boling & Jan Robbins

Sandra was born 1949 on the Norfolk Dam in Arkansas. Not at the town hospital, but the make-shift clinic set up in case an employee working on the dam was injured. Her mom had gone to pick up her Daddy’s paycheck, but Sandra couldn’t wait! Sandra attended SMS for business and accounting. The Williams’ have two children, Tammy and Christy, and 7 grand kids who live in Michigan and Illinois. For 15 years Sandra worked for the City of Branson before retiring, but retirement didn’t suit her. With encouragement from friends, she ran for city council and served for 4 years, deciding not to run for reelection after being diagnosed for Ovarian cancer in 2010. Sandra and her husband had never taken many vacations during their working years, and they set a goal to travel the

United States. To accomplish this, they decided to buy a big truck and haul RV’s and now they have been to every state, except Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota! Sandra says the hardest thing for her about battling cancer has been the side effects; she actually had to stop treatment in December. She said there were a few times when she was in the hospital when giving up would have been easy, but “you have to have guts and determination to get through.” Her advice to others is “don’t get discouraged; keep plugging as long as you can.” Congratulations to Sandra Williams, and enjoy your anniversary! And our special thanks once again to Judy and Bob Thompson for their generous donation of the grand prize of the one-week’s stay at Big Cedar’s Wilderness Club!

Eating Well Through Cancer - Holly Clegg

Banana Split Dessert -This scrumptious banana split layered dessert includes all the makings of a sundae. What you will need:

16 servings/serving size: 1 piece 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 32 squares) 6 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted 1 (12-ounce) can cold evaporated fat free milk 1/4 cup cold skim milk 2 (4-serving) packages instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix 2 medium firm bananas, sliced 1 (20-ounce) can unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained 1 (8-ounce) container fat free frozen whipped topping, thawed 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup 5 maraschino cherries, quartered

1. Preheat oven 375F. Combine cracker crumbs and butter and press onto bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 7 - 10 minutes or until browned. Cool completely. 2. In bowl, whisk evaporated milk, milk and pudding mixes 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Spread pudding evenly over crust. 3. Layer with bananas, pineapple, and whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts; drizzle with chocolate syrup. Top with cherries. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting. Nutrition information per serving Calories 228, Protein (g) 3, Carbohydrate (g) 38, Fat (g) 7, Calories from Fat (%) 27, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 1, Sodium (mg) 332, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 fat DOC’S NOTES: Pineapple and bananas provide vitamin C while the bananas are a good source of potassium and B6.

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Thank You to all of Our Generous Donors & Sponsors

Spring Luncheon Ron & Janice Penney CoxHealth Robert & Becky Bach Bonnie Atteberry TAG Magazine 417 Magazine Mercy Women’s Services Liberty Press ADsmith Marketing & Advertising Old Missouri Bank Carol Jones Drs. Tom & Kimberly Prater Dr. John & Susan Mihalevich Dr. Al Bonebrake Tom Wells Springfield 1st Community Bank The Travel Group Rosalie Wooten Andrea Batey & Carolyn Hoffman Sandra Lowther Scott Cotton Photography Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Brown Janet Ellison Fred & Patty Brooks Bev Aton Christin Ramsey Laura Fregin Oncology-Hematology Associates Deborah Cartright Kathleen Wittmer Linda Quigg Onari Bowler Cindy Wetzel Cathy Lindstrom

Jo & Wayne Scheer Missouri State University Hospice Compassus Heim & Young Lucas Oil Motor Speedway Judy Everett Mercy Clinic- Women’s Oncology Greg & Kay Walton Gary & Suzanne Dukewits Bev Beckmeyer Liz Godwin Ann Grace Stevia Bonebrake Humana Market Point Mercy Hospital Mike & Carla Green Gary & Shirley Bareford Angela Ricketts Carolyn Hoffman Freeman Health System Tiffany Feldman Beverly Lolley Family Pharmacy Jumpin’ Joeys Twin Oaks Chiropractic & Acupuncture Lindsay Tanner Theresa Gabriel Lisa Cox Janice Marley Springfield Pasta Co Harm & Co Town & County Krickets Fine Fashions

Honorarium In honor of Sandra Lowther Carol Robinson Nancy Truex

The Cyndi Sullivan Memorial Tee Up Fore Teal Golf Tournament VALIC Financial Advisors, Butch Purvis Liberty Bank Gary Sullivan Macadoodles Springfield Nakato Japaneese Steakhouse KRBK TV Scott Cotton Photography Your Financial Solution Jessica Perkins, DDS Wilhoit Properties ORECK Factory Showroom Barnett-Davis Dental Group Colorgraphic Printing Mercy Clinic-Women’s Oncology Penn Enterprises Petromark, Inc Mark Burmeister/Jones & Company Insurers Kelly Danielson, CPA, CFP, CDFA Computer Recycling Center Anise & Dick Pendleton Jerry Refearn & Sandra Lowther Greg & Myndi Dillard 417 Magazine F.O.C. Friends of Cyndi Oxford Health Care Bancorp South

Teal to Heal Ron & Janice Penney Dr. John & Susan Mihalevich

Memorials In memory of Jan Kirsch Angela Ricketts In memory of Bill Huffman Bonnie Atteberry

In honor of Kim Zimmerman Angela Ricketts

In memory of Ida Lane Paul & Betty Lane

In honor of Mary Burmeister Hope Sounders In honor of Dr. Bonebrake’s Birthday Kristin, Sandy, Kellie, Teresa, Maria

In memory of Haley Jane Elizabeth Graham Amanda & Josh Bonner Jim & Christy Graham

Undesignated Donations Lois Zerrer, Jeff & Rebekah Rhein, Tom Wells, Anonymous To make a donation to GYNCA please mail checks to 3023 S Fort, Suite B, Springfield, MO 65807 or go online to All donations are 100% tax deductible.

June/July 2012

Support Group

We’d like to thank all of the nurses who came to April’s support group meeting. We learned much and had a wonderful discussion. Thank you also to all the caregivers who came to May’s Caregivers Rock Meeting! Mark your calendars for June 21st for our annual Picnic in the Park. There will be food and fun and the ever-popular cake walk. Bring your friends and family but please RSVP by June 18th to 869-2220 or Hope to see you there. Our mentoring program involves survivor to survivor connections. If you would like to receive a call, card, or email from another survivor, contact Shanda at 869-2220 or

Picnic in the Park 2011

June/July 2012

Save the Date



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September 14, 2012 at Hickory Hills Country Club with Patrons Party at Ron & Janice Penney’s House

For sponsorships and ticket information please call Ann Grace at 861-2732 or GYNCA at 869-2220

June/July 2012

GYNCA and the Springfield Cardinals are Teaming up!! For the 2012 Season! Purchase tickets for these games through GYNCA for just $9!! Friday June 29st •vs• Frisco Roughriders Sunday July 1st •vs• Frisco Roughriders Friday July 13th •vs• NW Arkansas Naturals Friday July 20th •vs• NW Arkansas Naturals Sunday August 19th •vs• Corpus Christi Hooks*

Order Tickets by Calling: 417.869.2220 *Jersey Night! 500 tickets available and the players will wear teal jerseys on the televised game and then auction them off afterwards!

GYN Cancers Alliance 3023 S Fort, Suite B Springfield, MO 65807


GYNCA Newsletter June/July 2012  

GYN Cancers Alliance provides education, resources and support to local women and caregivers affected by gynecologic cancers.

GYNCA Newsletter June/July 2012  

GYN Cancers Alliance provides education, resources and support to local women and caregivers affected by gynecologic cancers.