Versailles News: Darke County’s cancer battlefield


For most of us, the best way to learn things is through personal experience. Through my personal journey I have discovered where and what is at the Wayne Cancer Center, as well as, the Cancer Association of Darke County.

I believe Wayne HealthCare CEO Wayne Deschambeau and other principals, such as Dr. Daniel McKellar are to be praised for their vision, commitment and dedication in working with Premier Health and Dayton Physicians Network to bring cancer care and treatment to the Darke County region.

The cancer center is a $5 million facility located at 1111 Sweitzer St., offering radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatment services. Within this 13,800-square-foot building there are physician offices, exam rooms, a chemotherapy area with six infusion bays, a laboratory, pharmacy and a linear accelerator for radiation therapy. Radiologists, oncologists and hematologists from Dayton Physicians Network have office hours in Greenville, which means the doctors do the travelling, allowing the cancer patient to reduce his/her travel time and expenses, which up until recently patients had to travel to Good Samaritan Dayton North for treatment, as often as five days a week.

Within the Wayne Cancer Center building is also the Cancer Association of Darke County (CADC). This is a local and independent organization has been operating for 20 years with a board comprised of Darke County residents serving cancer patients who reside within Darke County.

The CADC exists to provide information, according to need, to Darke County cancer patients. The CADC sponsors a free “Living with Cancer” support group which meets from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wayne HealthCare Board room on the first Thursday of the months March, June, September and December. Patients, family and friends are welcome to attend.

The association also offers assistance (after insurance and other benefits) with transportation, medication, medical supplies, nutritional supplements, head wear (wigs, hats, scarves, etc.) and they even have a lending library of more than 100 books on cancer. These services are made possible through local grants, memorials, fundraisers, corporate and personal donations.

For more information about the cancer association you may visit online at, email them at [email protected] or call 937/548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on the cancer center in Greenville you may visit

Upcoming events:

Saturday, the Vet’s Club will have an evening of karaoke (downstairs) with Orville 8 p.m.

Mark your calendar for Feb. 13, when the the Versailles FFA will hold its annual soup and sandwich social from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the school cafetorium and Feb. 14 for the American Legion Chicken Fry beginning at 4 p,m.

Congratulations to Mitchell Stover for achieving Olympic qualifying times in the 100-meter backstroke and the 200-meter individual medley and good luck as he attempts to qualify in three more swimming events. Mitchell graduated from Versailles and is now competing for Wright State University where he broke four individual school records, as well as many relay records.

Happy birthday to Robin Blinn, Don Frantz, Tammy Magoto, Allen Francis, Carol Kunkler, Elsie Shappie, Mary Lou Bornhorst, Luke Stachler, Lisa Magoto, Tina Powell, Connie McVety, Roxanne Oxebin, Holly Keiser, Deb Didier, Raven Boerger, Iris Nickol, David Buxton, Chuck Langenkamp, Casey Nicole Smith, Kennedy Metz, Craig Reed, Matt Hurley, Joyce Luthman, Renee Miller, Jim Short and Connie Schutte. Happy anniversary wishes to Chris and Tom Huber (7), Jessica and Jon Pothast (20), Sheryle and Dan Simon (43), Linda and Tom Monnin (53), and Elaine and Harold Langston (54). Happy retirement wishes to Mary Subler.

Healing prayers and get-well wishes for David Zumberger (hospital), Lois Youngker (carpal tunnel), Brian Voisard (hospital), Megan Knapke, Lester Bernholt, Linda Wilson, Joan Butler, Cyril Frantz, Norma Magoto, Marvin Godwin, Dave Francis, Ann Paulus Pedersen, Harry Gorrell, Chick Conley, Julia Billenstein, Dan Bertke, Dan Monnin, Betty Hess, Scottie Barga, Bob Longenecker, John Davis, Beverly Norton, Carl Drees, Dave Magoto, Bob Homan, Kelly Bruns, Steven Youngker, Iris Nickol, Eileen Rahm, Robert Longenecker, Rita Wuebker, Merilyn Borchers, Yvonne Ridenour, Cyril Voisard, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Jim Youngker, Isabella Yakos, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith, Michelle Ullom, Peggy and Jack Borgerding, the hospitalized, homebound and all those dealing with any of life’s many challenges (me included) who are in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name. Thanks, love and prayers to all the caregivers, volunteers, medical staff, prayer warriors and kindhearted.

Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Elijah Grilliot (stillborn), Kim Bergman (60), Rosemary Mead (62), Jim Frantz (72), Charles Wendeln, Roger Schmitmeyer (78), Harry Chancey (86), also remembering the lives of Ron Clark, Robert Curtis, Clarence Garland, Bill Phlipot, Roger Thobe, Emily Grillot, Marlene McClurg, Jim Graves, George Mangen, Linda Barga, Chalmer Martin, Jerry Wood, Joyce Swallow, Hal Richters, Ron Hoffman, Bud Baltes, Allen Mangen, John K. Subler, Hubert Monnin, Ken Billenstein and all those in our hearts but not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.

What Cancer Cannot Do…Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple LOVE – It cannot shatter HOPE – It cannot corrode FAITH – It cannot lessen LOVE, It cannot destroy PEACE – It cannot dissolve FRIENDSHIP – It cannot suppress MEMORIES – It cannot silence COURAGE – It cannot invade the SOUL – It cannot conquer the SPIRIT” – It cannot steal ETERNAL LIFE” ~Unknown

“Cancer may have started the fight, but we must finish it.” ~C. Edwards

By Kathy Magoto

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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