Our Mission

To encourage cancer patients and families on their journey by offering HOPE through emotional and spiritual support, while providing practical services to improve the quality of their lives.


Our History

In 1982, Lois Thomi was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. The difficult months

of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that followed were a time of fear and loneliness because she felt  

no one understood what she was going through. The turning point came when a former cancer patient offered Lois encouragement. It was this act of caring that prompted her to start this organization in 1983 with the help

of her daughter, Diana.

Beginning as a local cancer support group, Victory in the Valley (VV) has expanded its services with the goal of providing practical assistance, spiritual support, and encouragement. The Lodge at Victory in the Valley was purchased in 1986 to provide lodging for out-of-town patients who were receiving medical treatment in

Wichita. Since that time, patients have been served from over 350 cities in KS. Beginning in 2007, lodging assistance is now offered by VV through a negotiated rate established at specific hotels. A referral from the cancer patient's oncologist is required.  VV has grown into a comprehensive cancer support organization serving patients and families, providing over 100,000 support contacts annually.


Through the generosity of others, all support services are provided at no charge. Lois retired in 2003 and her daughter, Diana, began serving as Executive Director.


On May 13, 2013 our beloved VV Founder went home to

be with the Lord. The ministry of Victory in the Valley continues as a loving tribute to Lois who always shared how important it is to reach back with encouragement and hope to others still going through the cancer journey.

Points of Light


June 1, 1992

Victory in the Valley was appointed as the

471st Point of Light by

President George H.W. Bush

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October 31, 2005

Victory in the Valley was appointed as the

Kansas Governor's 1st Point of Light

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Victory House Staff

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Diana Thomi RN, BS

Eunice May

Executive Director

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Benita Baker

Alma Hammer

Assistant Director

Administrative Assistant

Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors

Cindy Carnahan
Founder & CEO, The Carnahan Group ReeceNichols South Central Kansas
Cheryl Cooper
​Community Volunteer
​​Chris Dakhil, M.D.
​​Medical Oncologist, Cancer Center of Kansas
Jeremy Deutsch, M.D.
​​Medical Oncologist, Cancer Center of Kansas
​James Dunning
Todd Farha
President, Channelside Capital
​Tim Farrell
​President, RST Ventures, Inc.
​Paula Fulgham, R.N., O.C.N.
​Chief Nursing Officer, Cancer Center of Kansas
​Britt Fulmer
​Gentry Ltd.
Chairman Emeritus
​​Mark Gehrer
​Business Development Manager, Key Construction Inc.
​​Corey Johnson
​Community Volunteer
Peter Jonas
​Vice President of Sales & Operations, Center Industries Corporation
Jeff Kice
Technical Sales, Kice Industries, Inc.
​​Logan Overman
​Associate General Counsel Transactional Mgmt., Koch Industries
​​Deb Robelli, R.N., EMT-P
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Center​​​
​​Michael Schwanke
KWCH 12 Anchor/Eyewitness News
Angela Smith
Digital Content Manager, KWCH
​Diana Thomi, R.N., B.S.
​Executive Director, Victory in the Valley, Inc.
Lindsey Wasinger
Community Relations Director; Fugate Enterprises, Inc.
Gina Wendt-Blasing, MS, LCMFT
Owner, MonuMental Health, LLC