Category: Cancer Care News

Cancer Care News is about recaps on events, updates about staff/ the organization, and outreach efforts.

A Day of Fishing, Fun, & Family!

A family poses for a picture by the lake at Reel Connection 2022.

Reel Connection 2022 Recap

A couple poses with a fish at Reel Connection 2022.

Cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors kept it “reel” at Reel Connection. We relaxed by the lake at YMCA Camp Carter and caught a lot of fish!

A father and his daughter fish at Reel Connection 2022.

Reel Connection is a family-friendly Connect Event hosted by Cancer Care Services. Individuals and families impacted by cancer are invited to spend the day fishing, relaxing, and connecting with others!

A volunteer helps a young man at Reel Connection 2022.

Reel Connection is often the first time kids in the family learn how to fish! We are so thankful for the volunteers from the Dallas and Fort Worth District of the Texas Parks and Wildlife and Young Men’s Service League. They helped families set up their fishing spots and showed first-timers how to fish.

Three kids fish off the dock at Reel Connection 2022.

Reel Connection 2022 brought together families for a day of fishing, fun, and family!

If you or someone you know is interested in attending our Connect Events, please contact us at 817-921-0653 or fill out our online Get Help form.

Local Community Screening Offers Resources

Carlene and James attend a community screening.

July 2022 Community Screening Connects Attendees with Local Health Resources

Will you celebrate the incredible efforts of our community outreach team with us? Cancer Care Services hosted a community screening event at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church that improved the health awareness and knowledge of more than 70 attendees!

Cancer Care Services and The Black Heart Association partner at a local community screening.
Photo Credit: Krys Williams Photography

Texas Health Resources performed ten mammograms and five well-woman exams. They also distributed two take-home colon cancer test kits. The Black Heart Association screened 32 individuals for diabetes, prostate cancer, potential heart disease, and full lipid panels. 

Thanks to our partnerships with Texas Health Resources and The Black Heart Association, a total of 46 people received medical care and screenings through our partnerships! Two individuals were advised to see a specialist for further testing. Cancer Care Services organizes community screening events like these with the hope of helping people get diagnosed earlier, potentially saving lives.

A Cancer Care Services intern tells an attendee about the services available at the community screening event.
Photo Credit: Krys Williams Photography

Throughout the music and fun, our Community Health Workers tirelessly shared information about Cancer Care’s free services. Attendees at these community screenings receive vital health services and resources they may not have access to otherwise. 

If you belong to a community organization in Tarrant County, we want to partner with you! Please fill out our online form to connect with a community outreach team member.

P.S. Check out our events calendar for upcoming community screenings.

Camp Brings Help and Hope

Everyone posing for a picture at CampCARE 2022.

CampCARE 2022 Wrap Up

Seventy children experienced the magic of CampCARE this year! We expanded our age range to include teens up to 18 years old, and we adored the new faces that joined us! Even though the 100-degree weather beat on, our camp leaders guided the groups through their activities with enthusiasm and joy.

And many activities there were! Campers went horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and made lots of crafts. They challenged themselves on the ropes course – and rounded out their week with yoga, cooking, and music! Most importantly, each day featured healing time to share feelings and fears, and learn coping skills from our two staff therapists. CampCARE provided a well-rounded week of fun, friends, and emotional support – for free.

During a highs and lows session, one camper said, “My high is coming to camp, and my low is leaving camp!”

CampCARE Stories of Hope


A TV star is born! Grayson shared his story with CBS. He is a young caregiver to his mom, who was diagnosed with cancer.

“A couple years ago, I was told really bad news that my mom had cancer. Every time she needed something, I was like ‘on it.’ I get to do fun activites [at camp] like climbing a big rope course, swimming, and hanging out with friends.”

For Grayson, CampCARE meant he could meet others who have also been touched by cancer in their families.


Sanaa climbed to the top of the Alpine Tower and didn’t lose her smile once! She has been a caregiver for her mom, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sanna climbing the apline tower at CampCARE 2022.
Sanna climbing the alpine tower.

“I really like the fishing – it was very relaxing and therapeutic – and having group time, so we remember why we’re here. We’re here because of how cancer has affected all of us, and I think that is very special.”

Sanaa’s mom was grateful her children got to enjoy a free summer camp after the family endured a financial hit at the beginning of her cancer journey.

Leo and his cousin particpate in yoga at CampCARE 2022.
Leo (left) and Hays (right) participate in yoga.

Leo’s life was already forever changed by the pandemic. But when his little sister, Lucy, was diagnosed with cancer, he became even more isolated from his friends and family to protect her. Leo, Lucy, and their two cousins, Hays and Samuel, were all close, so their isolation from each other was difficult.

Leo, Hays, and Samuel became the dynamic trio at camp! Lucy even came out during crafts to spend time with her brother and cousins, who were so excited to have their crew back together. Hays said he had the best week ever with his cousin! Leo, Hays, and Samuel also found the space to cope with Lucy’s diagnosis and what that means for them.

No child should cope with cancer alone

Young children, siblings, and cousins can feel lost in the shuffle of a familial cancer diagnosis, so CampCARE is an opportunity for them to feel heard and ask questions about cancer. Our counselors and staff help the kids understand and cope with their feelings, isolation, and fears. We want every kid to know they are not coping with cancer alone!

The magic of CampCARE will continue throughout the year with ClubCARE – a support group for young caregivers impacted by cancer. Campers can see the friends they made during camp and continue to learn more ways to cope with cancer.

Thank you to Sportsmen’s Club of Fort Worth for sponsoring CampCARE and making these special memories possible for our kiddos. And thank you to the many volunteers and staff for diving right in and ensuring another successful camp!

You can support programs like CampCARE and ClubCARE through monthly giving! Join the Hope Collective to ensure that no one has to cope with cancer alone.

Camp Gold 2022: Healing and Girl Power!

Camp Gold 2022 participants pose by the lake.

Young adult cancer patients and survivors had so much fun in the sun at Camp Gold 2022! This year was magical and full of girl power!

What is Camp Gold?

Camp Gold is an AYA (Young Adult & Adolescent) retreat hosted by Rutledge Cancer Foundation and Cancer Care Services at YMCA Camp Carter. Camp Gold promotes healing through camp activities like the challenge course, meditation, and games. The campers often forge new and lasting friendships so that no one has to cope with cancer alone.

Meet our Camp Gold 2022 participants:

Toni in the lake at Camp Gold 2022.
Toni in the lake at Camp Gold 2022.

Toni soaked in everything Camp Gold! She did it all and saw it all. Toni candidly shared her cancer journey with her peers and bonded with the soon-to-be tight-knit group. Toni made it about halfway through the challenge course during her first attempt, but she wasn’t ready to stop there. On just her second attempt, Toni climbed to the top of the tower! Toni had chemo treatment the week before and surgery to remove a very large tumor in February, so this feat was a tremendous victory celebrated by all!

Tiara and Vanessa posing with their canoe paddles at Camp Gold 2022.
Tiara and Vanessa posing with their canoe paddles.

Tiara, a cancer patient, and her friend Vanessa were the dynamic duo at Camp Gold! Vanessa accompanies Tiara to her appointments, so she cherished the opportunity to learn more about her friend and ways to support her. The honest conversations from the campers helped Tiara feel comfortable opening up during group time. Everyone had the chance to support and be supported by others who had been touched by cancer. Vanessa and Tiara also tried their first s’more at camp! How tasty!

That’s a Wrap!

We are so proud of the girls for embracing the fun and challenges of Camp Gold, but more importantly, each other. Thank you to all the donors, volunteers, and staff for making this retreat possible! Because of your generous hearts, young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers now have incredible friendships and memories.

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Celebrate National Volunteer Month!

Marilyn Kepner was chosen as volunteer of the month for National Volunteer Month.

What is National Volunteer Month?

April is National Volunteer Month! Cancer Care Services is celebrating our volunteers all month long with thank you videos from our staff. (Watch the videos on our social media!)

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush launched the 1000 Points of Light campaign and established April as National Volunteer Month. This month is dedicated to all the volunteers who give their time to better their communities.

Our volunteers are the heart of Cancer Care Services. We thank each and every one of you so much for gifting our clients with kindness and joy. The time you spend volunteering with Cancer Care brings help and hope to those coping with cancer.

Who is the volunteer of the month?

We also have a very special announcement: Marilyn Kepner is our volunteer of the month! Marilyn is always ready to help our clients – whether she’s at the Cancer Care Services front desk or helping at Texas Oncology. Keep reading to learn more about our fantastic volunteer of the month!

Tell us about yourself:

I am a retired RN Case Manager. I am originally from Pittsburgh and am an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams. I am a Mom to one son, grandma to one girl and three boys, and great-grandma to two girls and two boys.

What brought you to Cancer Care Services as a volunteer?

My retirement plan includes volunteering at multiple organizations. Cancer Care Services started with one event – an Adios Cancer celebration and grew from there to office receptionist volunteer to now adding prescreening at Texas Oncology (and that has been quite a gift during the Covid Years).

What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Cancer Care Services?

I love being with people, and Cancer Care Services allows one to meet new people and for me to keep my hand on healthcare.

What has been one of your most memorable moments volunteering with Cancer Care Services?

My memorable moment was learning to operate the popcorn machine during events – it kept me very busy that day!

How has your experience with cancer impacted your volunteering?

In my family, my son had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – now in remission, and my father had lung cancer. Because during those days, I was made aware of Cancer Care Services, I am now eager to tell people in the community about the organization and the great work being done.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering with Cancer Care Services?

I would encourage anyone interested in volunteering that Cancer Care Services is wonderful, that cancer is not all gloom and doom and that they can feel good because you get smiles.

How do I volunteer with Cancer Care Services?

If you want to volunteer with Cancer Care Services, you can sign-up through our Volunteer Form or email Megan Clifton, our Client Connection and Volunteer Manager, at Megan@CancerCareServices.org. View our Volunteer page for more information and sign up to join our volunteer email list for upcoming opportunities. We hope to see you at our next volunteer opportunity!

Encanto Under the Stars

Clients wait for Encanto to start at the March 2022 Connect Night.

March 2022 Connect Night

“I love it!” One of our youngest clients of the night had a blast at the Encanto-themed selfie station! Thank you, Selfie Factor FW, for setting up the adorable selfie station so our clients could capture special memories. Our staff, volunteers, and clients smiled wide for their pictures as the magical Encanto characters surrounded them. Look at those sweet smiles! 

A family takes a photo with the selfie station at the March 2022 Connect Night.
A family takes a photo with the selfie station.

Cancer Care’s counseling intern led the therapeutic component and brought an abundance of laughter and energy. Each person drew their own door, like the special doors in Encanto, that represented their strengths and interests. Then, they drew another door that showed their true selves – fears and all!  

Megan and Sabrina at the March 2022 Connect Night.
Cancer Care’s counseling intern and Client Connection Manager lead the therapeutic component of the night.

Our volunteers enchanted the night with welcoming smiles, tasty popcorn, and hot chocolate. A perfect treat on a chilly night! The families snuggled up in their blankets and snacked on their treats as the opening song began the movie. 

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” proved to be the fan favorite since everyone couldn’t help but sing along. Miss Megan even danced around the parking lot and sang to each of the kids! Just like how Mirabel unites her family, our March 2022 Connect Night brought the Cancer Care community together. Stay tuned for the next Connect Night!

‘Just that friendly bunch’: Community health workers address health disparities close to home

Carlene King, a community health worker at Cancer Care Services, stands outside LVTRise food pantry. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)

The woman in the third car outside of Las Vegas Trail Rise food pantry wanted to talk. It was about 9 a.m. on a Tuesday, and she was waiting in a food line that wouldn’t start moving for another hour.

She’s lost people to cancer and COVID-19 as recently as last weekend, she told Carlene King, the community health worker standing outside her driver’s side window. The woman wept, and King took her number.

She said she would call her later and refer her to Cancer Care Services, the nonprofit that employs King as a liaison between the community and the company: “This is why I do what I do.”

The interaction took three minutes, maybe four, a moment of intimacy amid rolled-up windows and language barriers and people who didn’t want to chat about cancer while they waited for food.

A similar moment occurred two days before at a church across town. Fatu Holloway, a community health worker at Tarrant County Public Health, was giving a presentation for Birdville ISD about the county’s Women, Infants and Children program, which provides nutritional services to pregnant women, new moms and their children. A woman and her pregnant teenage daughter listened nearby, Holloway remembers.

The woman looked “lost,” she said. Afterward, they spoke. Holloway told her where to find baby things like diapers and car seats for free. The next day, the woman texted Holloway: She’d made an appointment for a car seat and wanted to let her know.

“I’m convinced that the (community health worker) role is the answer to every ill out there.”

– Lisa Padilla, board president of the Dallas Fort Worth Community Health Worker Association

A community health worker like King or Holloway may be the hand that pulls a person into a health care system for the first time. A certified, frontline worker who’s usually part of the community in which they work, they serve as liaisons, advocates, educators and, sometimes, someone in whom to confide. “We’re just that friendly bunch,” King said.

And, when it comes to the people most likely to experience poor health outcomes, community health workers may be key in helping reduce disparities.

“I’m convinced that the (community health worker) role is the answer to every ill out there,” Lisa Padilla, the board president of the Dallas Fort Worth Community Health Worker Association, said in a webinar hosted by Cancer Care Services last week.

The rise of community health workers 

Community health workers have formally participated in health systems across the U.S. since at least the 1950s, according to the American Public Health Association.

In 2001, Texas was the first state to implement statewide training and credentialing standards for community health workers. In nearly 20 years, the number of community health workers in Texas has grown from fewer than 500 to around 4,000.

“Texas has a really robust and well-oiled system for educating our community health workers,” said Teresa Wagner, a community health worker instructor and an assistant professor at The University of North Texas Health Science Center.

That well-established system, she said, helped public health workers connect with hard-to-reach populations during the pandemic. “They’ve become a huge topic of conversation, especially because of the disparities that we’ve seen with COVID-19,” she said.

For decades, research around the country has addressed the role and efficacy of these health workers in expanding access to care and reducing disparities in their communities.

For example, in Detroit, Black and Hispanic adults with Type 2 diabetes had healthier hemoglobin A1c levels and more self-reported understanding of their disease after working with community health workers than the same group who didn’t, according to a randomized, controlled study about interventions for diabetes care.

When it comes to cancer care, like screenings, diagnostic procedures and wellness exams, people who interacted with community health workers or patient advocates were more likely to get screened and, for those with cancer, receive a definitive diagnosis within one year than those who didn’t. All but two of 24 studies in this systematic literature review reported statistically significant positive outcomes from these interventions.

Like King, Holloway spends her days meeting people in the community: Cataloguing resources, giving presentations, attending health fairs, visiting churches and parks and other local spaces.

She measures her own success in a simple way: if she sees someone join the WIC program after she connects with them in the community.

“Even if it’s one or two people, and they tell me how successful the program was, and their child graduated from the program, that is helpful,” she said.

As insiders who “look and sound like the people we work with,” community health workers help build the trust that can lead to these outcomes, Padilla said in the webinar.

They know how to address specific concerns from a specific community with personal experience — unlike a clinical provider who may not understand the living situation of their patients, Wagner, with The University of North Texas Health Science Center, said.

“Providers sometimes give people instructions, but they have no idea when those people get home, whether they have the money to buy that medication, whether they have transportation to go get that prescription, whether they have food to take the prescription with, whether they have electricity,” she said. “All of these barriers play a role in compliance.”

As a result, she said, a patient who doesn’t follow through with treatment may be labeled “non-compliant.”

“But it really isn’t that they are intentionally not being compliant; it’s that they don’t have the understanding, the culture or the resources to support what it is we’re asking them to do.”

Community health workers not only come from the communities they serve, they’ve often personally experienced the disease they’re trying to address. During the webinar, Padilla called it “lived experience.”

“That opens the door to additional knowledge about resources that are available,” she said. “We’ve been there — a lot of times — and done that.”

Becoming a community health worker in Texas

In 2007, King felt a lump. She was 45, a real estate broker and single mom to two daughters in high school. When her scans confirmed cancer, she waited until Christmas break to tell them.

Over the next year, she went through surgery and chemotherapy, lost her hair, and learned the intricacies of paying for cancer. When her first bill came, it was nearly $40,000, and King had no insurance.

So, she asked about options. She found government insurance for high-risk patients. She found a financial navigator at Moncrief Cancer Institute who helped her get her bills down. And at the end of the day, her surgeon, plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist agreed to provide her care at no cost.

“​​The moral of my story is to reach out and look for resources,” she said. “There’s people out there, they can’t pay for their medicine. They don’t have insurance. So because they don’t have insurance, they don’t look for resources … You don’t have to have insurance. You just have to open up and ask. Look for it.”

“The moral of my story is to reach out and look for resources,”

– Carlene King, community health worker at Cancer Care Services

During her treatment, a social worker kept telling her about Cancer Care Services, a local nonprofit that provides support to cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers for free. She was uninterested — she figured her income from her real estate work was too high. Then the woman told her about the massages.

“They actually try to figure out how to help you,” King said. And when you walk in, “everybody’s like family.”

Cancer Care Services ended up giving her massages for free — and paying her insurance premiums. She proclaimed their goodness in everyday conversations in the years that followed and, in 2019, they hired her as a community health worker.

King doesn’t usually share her cancer story with people — it’s not about her, she said, and her experience will differ from another person’s. But, she shares the resources she learned along the way. And if it weren’t for her cancer, she wouldn’t be doing the work she’s doing.

Fatu Holloway has been a community health worker since 2011. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)

Holloway grew up in Liberia in the 1960s. She remembers trailing the women in her community to the local market. She watched how they cared for neighborhood kids, even the children that weren’t their own. It was a “turning point” in her life, she said; before then, she’d wanted to be a nun.

She carried the communal spirit of her childhood — she had “lots of mothers and fathers growing up” — to northern California, where she moved to escape Liberia after the country’s coup in 1980.

As a young woman moving through the U.S. for the first time, she didn’t know how to navigate the health system when she became pregnant. A new friend who happened to be a midwife helped educate her, and that experience of advocacy still informs Holloway’s work.

“One of the things that I do and we do is advocate for people like me who didn’t know anything about the healthcare system and didn’t know anything about health,” she said.

How to become a community health worker in Texas:

In Texas, any resident who’s 16 or older can become a community health worker after completing 160 hours of training in the eight “core competencies,” things like the ability to teach and stay abreast of local resources. People who’ve accumulated at least 1,000 hours of community health work services within the past three years can also be certified based on their experience.

Holloway followed her then-husband to Texas and became a medical assistant. When the time came for her to choose nursing or something else, she knew she wanted to keep tabs on a family’s health after they left the hospital. She became a community health worker in 2011.

Like King, Holloway harnesses her training and her own experiences as an immigrant in a new system to inform her work. Still, she said, it’s never about her.

“I bring my story (to work), but I don’t let their story be my story, because everybody has their own story,” she said. “My story helps me to be able to be a better community health worker. Every day, I’m a work in progress.”

Alexis Allison is the health reporter at the Fort Worth Report. Her position is supported by a grant from Texas Health Resources. Contact her by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here

This article first appeared on Fort Worth Report and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Volunteer Spotlight –
Nancy Love

Nancy Love holds a number five balloon and poses with two staff members.

Who is Nancy Love, volunteer extraordinaire?

Volunteers make the world go ‘round! Let’s celebrate Nancy Love, who has been a wonderful Cancer Care Services volunteer for nearly 5 years, with her Cancer Care volunteer story! Nancy was born, raised, and currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a retired elementary math teacher who served over 30 years in FWISD. (We love our teachers!) When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2013, Nancy was overwhelmed by the word CANCER. Our counselor, Annie, helped Nancy cope with her cancer diagnosis and listened with a kind ear.

After retirement, Nancy decided to give back by volunteering for Cancer Care Services. She has loved helping cancer patients and their families through all of our services and events. Nancy remembers answering calls at the receptionist desk one day, and on the other end of the phone was a 25-year-old man who had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He felt so lost and confused about how to navigate the medical system. Through tears, he admitted that he didn’t know where to get help. Nancy connected him with a social worker who helped him understand his situation and navigate his new diagnosis. Nancy played an important part in helping this young man find HELP and HOPE!

As a former patient herself, Nancy is empathetic to those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Nancy says, “We all go through cancer experiences differently, but the one thing we all have in common is the ‘C’ word.”

Nancy is a proud volunteer and advocate for Cancer Care, so she encourages others to join her! For Nancy, the best part of volunteering is meeting AMAZING people along the way!

Thank you for being an inspiring volunteer, Nancy! Cancer Care Services is blessed to have you as part of our family! If you would like to become a volunteer like Nancy, please fill out our online Volunteer Application.

AYA Cancer Patients Create Connections and Friendships!

Four Camp Gold 2021 participants stand together in a group.

Camp Gold 2021 Recap

On April 24th, 2021 Cancer Care Services hosted our annual AYA Retreat: Camp Gold 2021, at Camp El Tesoro in Granbury, Texas. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the day was, what I like to call simply MAGICAL!

We had 20 participants in attendance, and that included their guests. We had two campers, plus their guests, who had to pull out last minute due to not feeling well because of chemo they had that week. Plus 9 volunteers from Cancer Care Services and Rutledge Cancer Foundation.

Staff members who joined us were Tori, Tamika, and Kayla, who did an EXCELLENT job leading our group discussion. Everyone enjoyed hiking, canoeing, kayaking, archery, the ropes course, group time, and meditation.

All day, every participant kept thanking us for making this event happen. Throughout the day, participants would express how glad they were to finally connect with fellow AYA’s (Adolescent and Young Adults) because like several of our clients, they spent most of 2020 in isolation and didn’t have the opportunity to meet others going through the same thing.

Several participants this year had either just wrapped up treatment, or are still on treatment, currently. They all connected with each other INSTANTLY and absolutely made friendships that will go on past this weekend (at dinner they were passing around a pen and paper to get everyone’s name and number like they were 10 at summer camp! So cute!).

If I could describe this weekend in one word, it would be THANKFUL! Thankful for the opportunities that 2021 is bringing us, and for being able to have in-person events again.

It was beyond evident that they are needed for our clients to feel a connection with others, now more than ever. Specifically, our AYA’s who crave connection with their peers. This is already a population that gets overlooked, and they definitely felt known, seen, heard, and loved this weekend!

For future Camps and Connect Events, please check out our events calendar!

August brings more friendships & fun!

August 2021 Connect Night

August 2021 Connect Night

Imagine the challenge of facing cancer, adjusting to new dietary restrictions, and finding the time and energy to cook for a family. Cancer Care’s August 2021 Connect Night featured Becca with Tarrant Area Food Bank, who taught our clients healthy and easy-to-make meals that the whole family can help cook!

Brianna, our child therapist, talked about how different types of foods can boost moods and calm anxiety. Then, the kids got to carefully slice cucumbers and strawberries to make a delicious cucumber and strawberry vinaigrette salad. Together, the families crafted their southwest pinwheels stuffed with chicken, spinach, and a mouth-watering cream cheese mixture. Yum!

Connect Night events build social connections by enjoying FUN activities together while teaching COPING skills. Each event has a therapeutic component combined with an engaging theme. Through the dedication of Cancer Care’s staff and volunteers, we have also made our Connect Nights more inviting and accessible for our Spanish-speaking families by offering Spanish translation.

In addition to making events more accessible, we have safely hosted every Connect Night in person this year, except for January! Clients were thankful for the commitment our staff, donors, and volunteers made toward creating a safe environment for people of all ages to form bonds within their own families and with others who are also dealing with cancer.

Supporters like you ensure that those impacted by cancer in our community have FREE social, emotional, and educational programming to help them cope with cancer while expanding their support system. Connect Nights are just one of the many ways your donation brings hope and healing.

Donate early or on North Texas Giving Day, and you can become part of a regional campaign that uplifts the mission of Cancer Care Services. Spread the word by posting about your donation and using the hashtag #NTxGivingDay on social media!

Thank you for making sure that no one has to cope with cancer alone. 

View our Events Calendar for upcoming Connect Events!