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


ACS Announces Date for Passport to the Cure Young Professionals Gala

Young professionals around Omaha will have the opportunity to join in the fight against cancer during an entertaining evening at the American Cancer Society’s third-annual Passport to the Cure Gala Saturday, August 6 at the Scoular Ballroom (2027 Dodge Street) in Omaha.  The American Cancer Society Passport to the Cure offers guests a fun and festive way to support the Society’s programs and services, which make a difference every day in the lives of people touched by cancer.

Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, red roses, and the dream for a cancer-free future is the inspiration for the 2011 Passport to the Cure Gala. Guests will be escaping for the evening to a world where fun and craziness reign supreme! Foods, beverages, auction items, entertainment and activities inspired by this magical world full of character and color enable guests to escape for an unforgettable evening out. Eleven million cancer survivors will celebrate a very merry unbirthday this year, proving that this Wonderland is not just a dream; it is possible thanks to the progress we are making together. Guests will not want to be late for this very important date and for this chance to make a difference!

Passport to the Cure begins at 6:00 p.m. and will feature an evening of live and silent auctions with amazing items to bid on.  Also included will be entertainment, food, beverages, midway games, a specialty tea pot auction and much more.

Tickets for the 2011 Passport to the Cure are $75 for individuals or a corporate table sponsorship including tickets for 10 guests for $1,250. Tickets are available on line at

For more information about Passport to the Cure or to find out how you can sponsor the event call 402-393-5801 or visit or You can also find out more information by visiting the Passport to the Cure page on Facebook.

Katie Horton’s Story to be Featured Friday at Passport to the Cure

KatieHorton1.jpgI was diagnosed with cancer on November 17, 2008.


Everything began with a lymph node that you could palpate.  I figured it was a cyst – no big deal.  I was 25, worked out regularly, ate right, and I try to practice moderation.


Unfortunately the diagnosis was Cancer.


The worst part about the whole situation was telling my family and friends.  I hate to make people worry.


I got lucky- It was Hodgkin’s Disease- Stage 1B only four months of chemo and a month of radiation.  I say lucky because I know how much worse it could have been – I work in healthcare.  My doctors actually used the word curable, which is amazing and is the first way the American Cancer Society affected me.  Hodgkin’s lymphoma is “curable” because of years of research.  Research funded by organizations like the American Cancer Society.  I learned from my Radiation Physician about 10 years ago my cancer would have been treated with radiation- a lot of radiation to my torso.  That would increase my risk for future cancers and may affect my reproductive system.


There is a small chance my lymphoma could return but that chance is very low and, thanks to the many advances in research, I received treatment that has minimal side effects.  It’s like I am totally normal again!


I also have to thank the American Cancer Society for the sweetest wig ever!  I remember the fear of losing my hair- it was probably worse dreading it than when it finally happened.  I was mad at myself for caring so much about hair loss – chemo was saving my life.  This is the part of cancer I definitely learned from- it makes you tougher, more companionate, empathic, and grateful for everything you have.


It was after my second round of chemo that my best friend and I went to the wig bank.  The nicest volunteer helped me try on a few.  I found one that my best friend concluded looked way better than my real hair!  There was no way I could have afforded it otherwise.  My insurance coverage was not good so I was struggling paying oncology, pathology, and surgeon bills.  I am very grateful for this service and I know it affects so many women.  It was nice to have one less thing to worry about.


KatieHorton2.jpgI am so grateful for indirect and direct ways the American Cancer Society affected me.  I hope you will consider attending the Passport to the Cure event in Omaha since American Cancer Society Funding is vital – hopefully was can use the word “curable” with more cancers…perhaps eventually all of them.



Katie and many other cancer survivors like her will be attending Friday night’s Passport to the Cure Gala in Omaha.  If you’d like to attend, log on to