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Posted by Freda R Selk on April 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (89)

The winner of Iowa's basket
at the 2012 NCRA Convention was
Allison Attong-Rogers from New York!


Posted by Freda R Selk on April 21, 2012 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 Cindy Kalvig!

Cindy, pictured with Judy Sebern Beachy, won a in the State Basket Raffle!  This was given by CRANE - Cancer Registrars Association of New England.  What a FANTABULOUS give-away!

Congratulations, Cindy!

Pictured below is Cindy Kalvig, Julie Risinger, Carol Fredenburg and Carol Anderson Soy with Iowa's State Basket.

Carol Anderson Soy and Judy Sebern Beachy

Proof positive they are attending NCRA!

Come back for more NCRA updates!


Posted by Freda R Selk on April 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Two new CTRs were recognized during a short staff meeting held in Iowa City on April 2, 2012.  

Congratulations to Joan Faletti and Lisa Hunter, pictured with Theola Rarick, recently retired Field Staff Director at the State Health Registry.

Joan Faletti, Theola Rarick, Lisa Hunter

JERAMY VIET - Movember Team

Posted by Freda R Selk on November 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone

As most of you know, and for those who don’t, my husband Jeramy is currently deployed overseas. Among all his supervisory and military duties overseas, Jeramy alongside his twin brother Brandon and many of the men and women in their squadron are taking action to help raise awareness for cancer! J Attached is the website where you can monitor their progress/view pictures/see donations or donate yourself if you are interested(all donations go directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG) or sign up to be a Team Member and join them!  Attached you will find a picture of Jeramy and his brother Brandon, as well as a picture of the Movember Team!  Thank you all!!!





Note from Jeramy:

In an effort to increase cancer awareness we are coordinating a Movember aka Noshavember event. Those that are participating in Movember are going to grow out our mustaches for the whole month...who knows we may even keep it longer. With this, we are trying to raise money via sponsorship donations. All proceeds will be going to the Prostrate Cancer Foundation and to LIVESTRONG. For more information regarding donations, the website, and becoming a team member click on my teams website - Armed Forces Cancer Awareness Flight. Please spread the word of our doing this and please feel free to get involved.

Thank you for your support.

MSgt Jeramy Viet


Thanks! Please spread the word

Tania Viet, CTR

ICRA Vice President


Posted by Freda R Selk on November 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi Everyone!

I'm sure most of you have been following the progress of Sara Holton's (MAYO) husband, Mike.  He has had a little setback and I thought it would be nice to send messages of encouragement to Sara and her family.

Click here for the link to Mike's Caringbridge site.  You can read about it and leave a message.  I'm sure Sara would appreciate it and it will make you feel good that you did!

If  you've never left a message,  you just have to register.  It takes about two minutes. 

Have a good Thanksgiving!



Posted by Freda R Selk on April 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, it was just over a year ago that little Anthony was born.   His grandma (Teresa Merkel-SHRI Field) just shared these photos of him with me and I just had to share!

Grandma Teresa says:

Anthony turned 1 on Feb 8th.  He got a basketball and another plain bouncy one for his birthday and he loved them.  He goes around saying "ball, ball"!  They were to his other grandparents for Easter and his grandpa just took these shots of him and then added these backgrounds.  I think he's actually saying "ball" on the mag cover one.  He likes the cows at our place and says "moos, moos" all the time.  So I probably will be "G'ma Moo"I have a feeling!!

Is he cute or what?!  Now I know there are plenty of you out there with little ones!  Be it children or grandchildren, they're ALL special so send me your updates!  Everyone loves seeing photos of each others kiddos!


Posted by Freda R Selk on February 28, 2011 at 1:34 AM Comments comments (0)

from Lori Odle


Hi Everyone,

I saw a segment this morning on TV and Facebook and did some research. I'm going to be collecting old cell phones and Freda offered to set out a box in the central office if you'd like to donate any old cell phones you have. I will pick them up at the end of March.


How will my phone make an impact?

Every cell phone given to community health workers connects distant patients to a medical clinic. A $10 cell phone will give 50 families access to emergency medical care, health information, transport services, and clinic resources.


When your old phone is received by the recycling center, it is given a value. We’ll use this value to purchase appropriate, usable cell phones for community health workers at the medical clinics. The average donated phone in the US will allow us to purchase 2-3 cell phones for clinics.

I've requested collection boxes and shipping labels so that I can send the phones. I'll also be collecting cell phones from the ICRA members in April to add to this shipment.


If you'd like to donate directly, you can follow this link and a form will pop up so you can tell them how many you are donating and print your own shipping label.


You simply need to deactivate your phones and leave the batteries in. They don't need your chargers. You might even see some collection centers around town as they set them across the U.S.


Thank You!

Lori Odle, RN

Univ of Iowa/State Health Registry of Iowa

2600 University Capitol Centre (UCC)

Iowa City IA 52242-5500


Marshalltown Office:

3180 170th St., Marshalltown IA 50158

641.474.2382 home office

641.751.5063 mobile


Posted by Freda R Selk on January 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM Comments comments (0)

submitted by Judy Sebern Beachy

Here's a glossary to remember if you're traveling in the backwoods and an illness comes on: 

Benign--What you be, after you be eight. 

Artery--The study of paintings. 


Bacteria--Back door to cafeteria. 


Barium--What doctors do when patients die. 


Caesarean section--A neighborhood in Rome. 


Cat scan--Searching for Kitty. 


Cauterize--Made eye contact with her. 


Coma--A punctuation mark. 


Dilate--To live long. 


Enema--Not a friend. 


Fibula--A small lie. 


Genital--Non-Jewish person. 


Hangnail--What you hang your coat on. 


Impotent--Distinguished, well known. 


Labor pain--Getting hurt at work. 


Nitrates--Cheaper than day rates. 


Node--I knew it. 



Posted by Freda R Selk on November 12, 2010 at 11:27 AM Comments comments (1)

Avery Evelyn Soy, 8lbs 12.9ozs. was born Monday August 23, at 12:33pm. She has 2 big sisters, Ashlynn and Aubrey.


This little cutie is Carol Anderson Soy's (Mary Greeley, Ames) SIXTH step-granddaughter!


Posted by Freda R Selk on October 1, 2010 at 10:58 PM Comments comments (2)

by Lori Odle

The Odle's (Lori - SHRI Field Staff) are happy to welcome our new grandson, Justice Samuel Sullivan to our family. He arrived on U.S. soil, 9/25/10, from Ghana, Africa. Justice is 6 years old and is the adopted son of Jake and Janel Sullivan, Lori’s daughter. We are all excited and relieved that Justice is home. To read more Justice’s journey, please check my daughter’s blog,

Grandpa Tim, Grandma Lori and Uncle Eli

Welcome home, Justice Samuel Sullivan!


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