Omaha’s Inaugural Hope in the Heartland Gala to Benefit American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is excited to announce that its inaugural Hope in the Heartland Gala will take place on Friday, July 27, 2012 at Stinson Park in Omaha’s historic Aksarben area.  Guests will have the opportunity to experience and celebrate the history of Stinson Park at Aksarben Village with a night at the races.  The metro area’s community leaders can wear their best derby attire, hats are welcomed, sip on a mint julep, play fun midway games, and enjoy great entertainment to help make a difference in the lives of those facing a cancer diagnosis here in Omaha.

“We in the Omaha community have the unique opportunity to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer through support and involvement with the Hope in the Heartland Gala,” commented Bryan Slone, event chair for the 2012 gala.  “Come enjoy fabulous cuisine, great entertainment, fun midway games, live and silent auctions, and more, while we support our local chapter of the American Cancer Society and help them impact patients here in our community.” 

“Hope in the Heartland is truly about the Omaha community coming together to achieve one goal, the day when no one has to hear the words “You have cancer,” says Slone.  The programs and services the ACS provides to the community are vital to helping us celebrate a world with more birthdays.”

Doors will open at 6:30 pm for this one-of-a-kind event that will feature simulcast horse racing, a wine tasting, a horseshoe of roses and so much more.  A silent auction will begin the evening with a live auction starting at 8:30 pm. Guests will then be able to dance the night away with entertainment by local band, Finest Hour. 

The Hope in the Heartland Committee would like to thank our major sponsors thus far for making this fun-filled event possible: Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, Travel & Transport, Union Pacific, CS & Marilyn Johnson, Bryan & Leslie Slone, Omaha World Herald, Bank of the West, ConAgra Foods & ConAgra Foods Foundation, Deloitte, First National Bank of Omaha, HDR, Inc., T.D. Ameritrade, Wells Fargo Bank, and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

Tickets for the 2012 Hope in the Heartland Gala are $150 per person or $2,500 per table and can be purchased online at  For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 402-393-0764.

For more information about the Hope in the Heartland Gala and other American Cancer Society programs, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit or


Breast Cancer Visitation Program Helps Newly Diagnosed Patients

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program has helped people (female and male) cope with their breast cancer experience. This experience begins when someone is faced with the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis and continues throughout the entire period that breast cancer remains a personal concern.

“When people first find out they have breast cancer, they may feel overwhelmed, vulnerable, and alone,” commented Mike Lefler, Director of Communications for the Nebraska Region of the American Cancer Society.  “While under this stress, many people must also learn about and try to understand complex medical treatments and then choose the best one.  Reach to Recovery allows these patients to have a little bit of guidance and stability during the entire process.”

Talking with a specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteer at this time can give a measure of comfort and an opportunity for emotional grounding and informed decision-making. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors who give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk about fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who is knowledgeable and level-headed. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live normal, productive lives.”

How it works

Through face-to-face visits or by phone, Reach to Recovery volunteers give support for:

  • People recently diagnosed with breast cancer
  • People facing a possible diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Those interested in or who have undergone a lumpectomy or mastectomy
  • Those considering breast reconstruction
  • Those who have lymphedema
  • Those who are undergoing or who have completed treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • People facing breast cancer recurrence or metastasis (the spread of cancer to another part of the body)

Volunteers are trained to give support and up-to-date information, including literature for spouses, children, friends, and other loved ones. Volunteers can also, when appropriate, provide breast cancer patients with a temporary breast form and information on types of permanent prostheses, as well as lists of where those items are available within a patient’s community. No products are endorsed.  Aside from the emotional support provided, volunteers may also assist patients with other resources within their community to help them through treatment and beyond.

For more information or to locate a Reach to Recovery program in your area, visit “In Your Area” on our Web site at or call us toll-free at 1-800-227-2345.

Reach to Recovery volunteers

Reach to Recovery works through carefully selected and trained volunteers who have fully adjusted to their breast cancer treatment. All volunteers complete an initial training and participate in ongoing continuing education sessions.

If you are a breast cancer survivor who has overcome cancer to regain a well adjusted and emotionally stable everyday life, call us toll-free at 1-800-227-2345 or call your local American Cancer Society office to become a Reach to Recovery volunteer.  Volunteers must be out of treatment for one year before serving in the Reach to Recovery program.

ACS to Host Volunteering Open House in Omaha Sep. 22

The American Cancer Society has announced that it will be hosting a free open house for anyone looking for more information about volunteer opportunities in the Omaha area.  The event will take place on Thursday, September 22 from 5-7 pm at the American Cancer Society office (9850 Nicholas Street, Suite 200) in Omaha.  The evening will feature a casual and informal time to network, socialize and find out more about becoming involved in the fight against cancer.  For more information, please call the American Cancer Society at 402-393-5801.