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Selected and nominated charities

Meeting: July 12, 2023

Thank you for giving!  


I'm happy to report great results from the July 12, 2023, our 16th meeting.  ​​​

  • True North Treks (nominated by Joyce Heneghan), which assists young adult cancer patients and their caregivers, was the top vote getter and received $5,100 from 50 of our members, and serendipitously, one of its angel donors had pledged to match all gifts up to $12,500 received before September 3.  Our money came just in time and True North Treks was able to double our gifts to $10,200.  How good is that?

  • The Beverly Warren Emergency Fund (nominated by Pam Laukkanen), assists students having a sudden financial emergency and is a discrete program of the IU Foundation, received a total of $3,000 from 25 of us.

  • Second Nurture (nominated by Susan Isenberg), a charitable group assisting foster kids and their families, received $2,625 from 30 people.  We also collected a large number of toys, puzzles, school supplies and clothing for the kids, and the organization was extremely grateful.

    • 54 members:: donated to all three charities 

    • 21 members: donated to three charities

    • 9 members: donated to two charities

The grand total raised at the meeting was $15,825.  For those who enjoy the details:


A huge thank you to everyone who donated money, as well as those who donated the above items to the foster kids and their foster families.

Thanks for your generous donations! 

In the field with True North Treks

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Meet True North Treks

Nominated by: Joyce Heneghan

The mission of True North Treks is to empower young adults and caregivers affected by cancer to "find direction through connection." 


One of the primary ways they do this is by taking groups on free backpacking and canoeing treks in beautiful and remote wilderness destinations where they can engage in three crucial connections that are missing from conventional cancer care: 

1) connection with nature (after going through something as unnatural as cancer treatment), 

2) connection with peers who have walked a similar path, and 

3) connection with oneself through mindful awareness practices, such as meditation and yoga.


Beyond our treks, the organization offers free online mindfulness meditation classes twice a month, they organize race teams at different Spartan events across the country to promote mind-body health and fellowship, they raise awareness for the plight, fight, and might of young adults and caregivers affected by cancer through screening our documentary short film, and they provide free health promotion coaching and support to all of our alumni.

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