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News release from Kroger:

Kroger, American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Francine’s Friends to Lead Men Against Breast Cancer Workshop
Wednesday, October 15th, 5:30-8:30 PM, Allen County Library
Highly successful workshops have been conducted in Indianapolis and Peoria

(September 26, 2014) – Kroger Central Division, the American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana (CSNI) and Francine’s Friends are jointly hosting a free Partners in Survivalâ„¢ workshop. The event will be held at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, October 15th.

Advance registration is required by contacting Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana at 260-484-9560. Kroger and the other partners are paying all costs of the workshop, including a healthy dinner, so that cost is not a barrier to participation. A minimum of 10 participants is required.

The seminar, entitled Partners in Survivalâ„¢ provides a unique, empowering, uplifting opportunity for men who act as caregivers for their wives, mothers and daughters battling breast cancer. This program acknowledges the burden on male care-givers and equips them to be more knowledgeable and effective in that role, improving the quality of patient survivorship by teaching men problem-solving techniques that focus on the needs of both the breast cancer patient and the family.

The workshop includes a presentation by Marc Heyison, President and Founder of Men Against Breast Cancer. In the men-only breakout, Marc creates a unique, male-friendly environment with practical learning opportunities. His easy-to-understand methodology has been shown to increase quality of life and decrease distress in patients and their families. The workshop includes a women-only breakout session, so men attending the event are encouraged to bring along the woman they support. These are intended to be fun, relaxing and motivating activities for the women.

All participants come back together again for a wrap-up session.

Kroger Quote:
According to Kroger Central Division President Jeff Burt, “Breast cancer is a critical women’s health challenge and an issue directly impacting many Kroger employees and their families, but also deeply impacts their caregivers. We have grown our long-term partnerships with organizations that fight cancer every year, also involving thousands of associate volunteers. We do this not just because we want to make a measureable impact in preventing cancer, but because we actively seek ways to support healthy diet and exercise choices made by our customers. I am particularly pleased to support this Partners in Survivalâ„¢ workshop because of its uplifting, highly-educational, family-oriented process. I thank Kroger’s local pharmacist, Brad Bultemeier, who participated in this workshop several years ago and brought the idea to Indiana and Illinois. I also want to thank our friends at Francine’s Friends, Cancer Services and the American Cancer Society for their partnership. I am hopeful this will make the lives of men who are caregivers and the women they care for a little bit easier.”

Francine’s Friends Quote:
Sharon Simmons, Francine’s Friends Board President said, “When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, having strong support to help guide her along her journey is so important. ‘Men Against Breast Cancer’ equips male caregivers with the ability to provide practical and satisfying support not only for the cancer patient but for the family as well. We are pleased that Marc is bringing his program to Fort Wayne and privileged to be involved.”

American Cancer Society Quote:
Senior Representative of Community Engagement at the American Cancer Society of Northeast Indiana Kimberly Beard said, “The American Cancer Society works every day to ensure that one day we will see a world where cancer no longer threatens the lives of those we love. We’re pleased to work with these fine organizations to provide respite and support to survivors and their caregivers.”

Cancer Services Quote:
Dianne May, CEO and president of Cancer Services of northeast Indiana, said, “This workshop is a wonderful way to build awareness and acknowledge the role men play in fighting breast cancer. Cancer Services is proud to partner with Kroger and Men Against Breast Cancer on this valuable learning opportunity.”

 

About the Kroger Co.:
The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 131 years. The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 82 fuel centers operating under four banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to three stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $14 million in 2013 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. The Kroger Co. was once again named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.

 

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