Volunteers and supporters gathered in the VIP Dining Room of Witham Memorial Hospital Thursday for the Boone COunty Cancer Society's annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Reporter photo by Whitney Juckno
Lebanon Reporter

Lebanon — The Boone County Cancer Society held its annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Thursday in the VIP Dining Room of Witham Hospital.

The event was intended to recognize the organization’s volunteers and supporters, as well as award its 2006 scholarships to two recently-graduated high school students.

Amy Ledvina and Cormack Miller, both graduates of Zionsville High School, were each presented with a $1,000 scholarship.

Scholarship recipients must be legal residents of Boone County who plan to attend college to study within the medical field, said BCCS Service Director Jayn Allen. Scholarships can also be, and have been, awarded to nurses planning to go back to school.

Allen said that though she does not have a part in the selection process, she could not have picked better applicants for this year.

“I think they’re the best,” she said of Ledvina and Miller.

Ledvina plans to attend Purdue University this fall to study nursing with an emphasis in oncology. She said she also plans to pursue her master’s in nursing and eventually work as a nurse practitioner in the oncology field.

Ledvina’s father passed away from cancer a year ago, and her chosen field of study was “always something I’ve been drawn to,” she said.

Miller plans on attending Indiana University to major in biochemistry. He said he would like to go to medical school and eventually become a pediatric surgeon.

Teresa Edwards, president of the BCCS, said the organization, which is funded by the United Way, helps any person within Boone County who is struggling with cancer. This includes supplying medical equipment and giving money to help patients pay for prescriptions.

Allen said the BCCS also delivers prescriptions and supplies to patients and provides transportation for them at no charge.

A fund-raising dinner and auction is put on for the BCCS each year at the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2062.

Eagles member Robert Edwards said the fraternity has been putting on the event for at least 25 years.

“I’ve known several people affected by cancer, including members of the Eagles,” he said. “We just try to help out the families however we can.”

He added that his own mother, Teresa Edwards of the BCCS, had also battled with cancer.

Edwards also mentioned Monte Carlo night, a fund-raiser that the Eagles put on six months ago. He said the fraternity is trying to make the event an annual charity in which all proceeds will go to the BCCS.

Dane Walker has also been an integral support to the BCCS.

He has put on a “catfry” supper and auction using the American Legion’s facilities, in which all the proceeds have gone to the BCCS, for the past four years. Prior to that, he put on his own catfry suppers and donated that money to other cancer fighting organizations. He said his meals, which he makes from scratch, usually feed approximately 125 to 150 people.

In a recent dinner, Walker was able to raise more than $6,000 for the BCCS.

“(Cancer is) a disease that has affected thousands,” he said. “Friends, neighbors, relations, family - many of them cannot afford all the expenses they incur from treatment.”

For Walker, after having three daughters battle cancer, the cause hits home.

“I think all the money I can raise should go to people in our county,” he said. “ ... I only wish I could do more.”

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