Cancer Services fundraiser honors families and recognizes supporters – Advice Eating

Young couples Sarah and Blake Stalder and Amanda and Cody Lindemulder faced the devastating news when their toddlers were diagnosed with leukemia. Now that both couples’ children are in remission and the friendship between the two families continues, the Stalders and Lindemulders have been able to reflect on their experiences and the help Cancer Services of Midland has given them.

The couples spoke of the organization’s life-changing support at Cancer Services’ Spring Soiree fundraiser Saturday night at the Midland Country Club, which raised $163,000, making it the agency’s highest-grossing event to date, according to Executive Director Julie Nunn.


After the Lindemulders’ daughter, Blakely, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2018, Cancer Services reached out to the family to learn what kind of help they needed. The organization provided the Lindemulders with gas and meal vouchers and made them, along with the Stalders, one of the recipients of their annual golf outing fundraiser.

“Cody and I have often commented on how lucky we were to live in Midland when Blakely was diagnosed. That’s in large part due to Cancer Services,” Amanda said. “Today our daughter is five years old, in remission and doing well. We are so grateful for all that Cancer Services has done for our family and for all they continue to do for those affected by cancer.”

Sarah and Blake’s 18-month-old son, Nicholas “Nicky” Stalder, was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2019. After two relapses and a bone marrow transplant, Nicky is currently in remission. Cancer Services supported the Stalders on their way.

“We were so touched and grateful for this extra help at such a difficult time in our lives,” Sarah said. “It’s also reassuring for us to know that Cancer Services offers wonderful emotional and health support to help us on our journey.”

Cancer Services continues to provide a variety of services for families and individuals affected by cancer. In 2021, the organization provided 671 gift cards for groceries and gas, 260 consultations and 279 rides for customers to seek treatment, according to its website.

Nunn explained that Cancer Services has never stopped serving customers’ needs during the pandemic. However, without the annual fundraiser of the past few years, it has been difficult to connect with other facets of the organization.

“Our real goal is to make sure everyone is having a great time together and gathering together so they want to come back,” Nunn said. “Being together means a lot.”

The fundraiser included the opportunity to bid on over 120 silent and live auction items ranging from jewelry and quilts to gift baskets and unique experiences like a hot air balloon flight and cooking classes. A pianist and a DJ provided music, while the guests sipped drinks and had their photos taken at some stations.

The evening’s honorary chairs were Rebecca and Ward Bentley, and Amy and John Wilson. For Rebecca, the event is a testament to Cancer Services’ resilience.

“I think of the important work this organization is doing in the community, of all the individuals and families that it touches, of all the support that they (cancer services) provide,” Rebecca said. “It’s life-saving in so many ways. It’s a privilege to play a small role in driving this forward.”

Amy added that this fundraiser is special as it was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020 and this was the fourth attempt to host it after it was originally canceled due to the pandemic.

Amy explained that Cancer Services is a unique organization. While other cancer-related organizations tend to focus on cancer research and treatment, Cancer Services focuses on providing care to the individual and family, including gas, food and counseling. The staff works to know each of its customers on a personal level, which increases the quality of care.

“It’s amazing how organizations like Cancer Services have continued to provide services despite the challenges of the past two years,” said Amy.

To learn more about Cancer Services, visit Cancerservicesmidland.org.

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