Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vote Online and Help Francine’s Friends Win Up to $15,000!

 Click on the link below and VOTE today and EVERY DAY thru Sept. 23rd!

Vote online for the "Byron Health Center & Breast Diagnostic Center” link at Pink Glove Dance, and Francine's Friends could win up to $15k!

The Byron Health Center has been a company sight for the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach for just 2 short years, but in that time one of their employees who had her mammogram on the coach, was found to have breast cancer. Because of the convenience of having the Francine’s Friends mammography coach there she was diagnosed early and on her way to a healthier life.

Earlier this year Byron Health approached the Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) about joining them in the Pink Glove Dance competition. (The video competition is sponsored by Medline.) Winners are selected by online votes. The first place winner of the contest receives $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice and Byron Health and BDC have chosen Francine’s Friends! The overall winner receives $5,000 more, so there is a possibility of winning $15,000!!!

Francine’s Friends has already received $2,000 as part of the competition — Thank you Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center!

Voting has started, so vote every day and tell all your friends!!!! You need an email account to vote. Share the above link with all your contacts, on any social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) asking all your friends to vote. You can vote one time each day, per e-mail address.

The most votes win, so numbers count! Last year’s winner had less than 100,000 votes – we KNOW we can do better with your help!

To vote:
> Click here to go to the link to vote.
> You'll be selecting Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center - which is the name the video was submitted under. Please note: it will NOT say Francine’s Friends. This is under the Standalone Healthcare category.
> Vote once a day every day during the voting period — thru 11:59 p.m. CT 9/23/14.

Winners will be announced on 10/2/14 at PinkGloveDance.com.

Links directly to vote will be listed on the websites of Byron Health Center, Breast Diagnostic Center and Francine’s Friends: fw-breastdiagnosticcenter.com, byronhealth.org, Parkview.com and FrancinesFriends.org.

Special thanks to everyone involved in this incredible day! Help us get out the vote and take home the Pink Glove prize!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Health Care Awards Honorees Announced

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly recently announced 36 health care professionals and organizations to be recognized at an awards ceremony September 11.​ The honorees were selected from a record number of nominations and were chosen by the judges because they exemplify the significant contributions one individual or organization can make to the quality of health care for all in northeast Indiana.

Francine's Friends is thrilled to be included in the list of honorees. "We are so excited and very happy to have been selected as an honoree for the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Health Care Awards!" said Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president. "On behalf of the entire board of Francine’s Friends, we thank you very much for honoring us and our mission to make screening mammography available to any woman in our community regardless of their ability to pay."

The list of honorees includes 15 who will also be honored in a specific category of health care. Those honorees will be announced at the event, which will also feature Mike Packnett, president and CEO, of Parkview Health as the Keynote speaker.

“This year we saw a large number of nominations, each and every one of whom are deserving of recognition and our gratitude for helping to keep northeast Indiana healthy,” said Terry Ward, COO, KPC Media Group Inc., which published Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.  “The judges were charged with determining 12 category winners, but when faced with so many outstanding candidates, they recommended 24 additional professionals be recognized. These unsung heroes receive the gratitude of their patients everyday, but are rarely recognized professionally. By honoring these professionals we are recognizing the important role quality health care plays in a community’s growth.” 

The honorees will be featured in the September 12–18 edition of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and honored at a breakfast awards ceremony on September 11, 2014 at the Landmark Centre from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Tickets are $25 and tables of eight are $200. Tickets can be purchased online at fwbusiness.com or by calling (260) 426-2640.

​The event is being sponsored by PHP, American Senior Communities, MainStay Solutions, and Keyflow Creative. ​Additional corporate sponsorships are also available ​ by calling (260) 426-2640 for more information.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Francine's Friends 2014 Fort4Fitness Charity Partner

Francine's Friends is proud to be a Fort4Fitness Charity Partner for the 7th annual Fort 4 Fitness Fall Festival, which takes place September 26-27, 2014 at Parkview Field.

How does this work? If 100 or more individuals select our charity for the Fall Festival event, then Francine's Friends will receive 10% of the registration fees from those participants collected by Fort4Fitness.

STEP 1: Register
Register online using our code FRFR (case sensitive) in the box labeled “Enter a Charity Partner Code” on the registration form.  To register go to http://www.fort4fitness.org/fall-festival.asp. A drop down menu lists alphabetically all of the Charity Partners - code first and then organization's name.  When a registrant clicks on the name, it will autofill, so select Francine's Friends from the drop down menu and you are all set!

For paper registration, there is a place to list the Charity Partner of choice. Simply write Francine's Friends in on the paper form!

Already registered and didn't select a Charity Partner but want to add Francine's Friends? Email chris.f4f@comcast.net at Fort4Fitness and she will add you to our roster - it's never too late!

STEP 2: Decide whether to walk or run
You don't have to be a serious runner to participate — and that there is a place for everyone:
  • Kids Marathon for children ages 4-14
  • Seniors Marathon for those who are 50+ and want to log their miles over the summer (walk or run - their choice)
  • 4 mile walk/run
  • 10K walk/run and the half marathon (they even have some folks who walk the half!)  
Lots of options for folks to be able to be part of this wonderful community event, be active, and support a local charity while doing so!

STEP 3: Have Fun!!
Have fun, but of course train, train, train! Overall this event is to promote health and fitness, so no matter what event you sign up for you are taking the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about this amazing event, visit the website at www.fort4fitness.org.

LET’S RUN, WALK OR CYCLE FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T! Thank you for considering Francine's Friends as the Charity Partner of your choice.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Events to Benefit Francine's Friends

The Francine's Friends coach has been busy and on the road quite a bit already this summer - and there's no sign of it slowing down. Click here to check the schedule for July and August and schedule your mammogram today. And while you're at it, also mark your calendar and check out these upcoming events:
  • July 19 - Ride for the Ribbon Chicks
    Join the Francine's Friends coach at the Eagle Club on Lofty Drive. Find out more about Ribbon Chicks here

  • August 7 - Wine, Women & Wellness, Two EE's Winery

    Open House from 2pm-7pm with wine tasting and tours, food, entertainment, a Carsons' "Dress for Success" fashion show, exhibits, door prizes and more. Partner exhibitors include Francine's Friends, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Women's Bureau, American Heart Association, Women United, YWCA and CASA. This event is FREE of charge, but you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets are limited to 4 tickets per person and are available at Massage Envy at Pine Valley Crossing and the West Jefferson locations. Get your tickets today! For more information, contact Betsy Didier (bdidier@the-papers.com) or Lynn Keefer (Lkeefer@the-papers.com).
  • August 16 - Todd Albers 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, Noble Hawk Golf Links
    For more
    information, contact Scott Downs (260-312-2304) or email: ToddAlberMemorialGolf@gmail.com.
Are you planning a summer party, event, or other outdoor activity? Taylor Rental Plus of Auburn, Indiana has pink port-a-johns! These "pretty in pink" portable restrooms are perfectly designed for women -  no urinals, purse hooks, and a pretty pink interior and exterior. Plus, 15% of the rental cost is donated to Francine's Friends! For more information on renting the pink port-a-johns, click here. You can also download the PDF below, call 260-925-3000 or email Natalie at party@taylorrentalusa.com.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Babes Out On Bikes Family Fun Fest June 14th at Crazy Pins

Mark your calendar and save the date for the 2nd Annual "Babes Out On Bikes Family Fun Fest" on Saturday, June 14, 2014. There will be games, live music, food, vendors, a "wear pink" contest, a drawing and auction and much, much more, beginning at 2:00 pm at Crazy Pinz Entertainment Center. The Francine's Friends coach will be onsite to provide mammograms - schedule yours today!

Also on tap, the "Babes" will be cruising for a cause, with a motorcycle ride. Registration is from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with kickstands up at noon. Riders: $10; Passengers $5. For more information, call 419-583-6909 or email BabesOutOnBikes@gmail.com.

For more information on the Family Fun Fest and the Motorcycle Ride, check out www.BabesOutOnBikes.net or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/438748639591235/

To schedule a mammogram, call 260-483-1847 to make your appointment today. View the complete coach schedule by clicking here.

Thanks, BABES!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hip Hop for Hope to Benefit Francine's Friends

Plan to come out and support a fundraiser to benefit Francine's Friends - April 18, 2014 - hosted by Miss IPFW Shana Patel.

Hip Hop for Hope will be an exciting evening showcasing local talent - and the winner will perform at our 10th Annual Francine's Friends "Lunch with Friends". The show begins at 8:00 in Room 126, IPFW Walb Student Union. You'll meet Miss IPFW, see some fabulous talent from 12-13 acts, have a chance to tour the Francine's Friends mobile mammography coach from 7:30-9:00 pm - and help support a great cause!

Tickets are $10 at the door and proceeds go to fund mammograms for all women. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

LaGrange County Community Foundation supports Francine's Friends

Laura Lemings, director of the LaGrange County Community Foundation, presented a check from the foundation’s “Circle of Love” campaign to Francine’s Friends mobile mammography program. Receiving the donation are Debi Kennedy, community outreach coordinator of the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center (and coach scheduler for the coach for Francine's Friends), along with Rob Myers, president of Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

​​​The donation will help to cover the cost of screening mammograms through Francine’s Friends for women who might otherwise have put their mammogram off because of financial constraints. 

Each February the LaGrange County Community Foundation holds its “Circle of Love” campaign. For a gift of five dollars or more, the “Circle of Love” sends a valentine to the person of the donor’s choice, letting them know a gift has been made in his or her honor.

“We truly appreciate the ‘Circle of Love’s’ continuing support. Since the annual campaign first began, Francine’s Friends has received over five thousand dollars,” said Kennedy. “Nearly forty women have been able to get a screening mammogram thanks to the ‘Circle’s’ continuing support.”

“Francine’s Friends has been a natural fit for the monies raised through ‘Circle of Love’ valentines,” said Lemings. “What better opportunity to provide loved ones a valentine with a lasting impact than helping to remove a financial barrier to a test that can save a woman’s life.”

Francine’s Friends mobile mammography program serves a twelve county area in northeastern Indiana. “Through donations like this one,” continued Kennedy, “women who have no insurance, a high deductible, or are without the financial resources needed, are able to receive an annual mammogram, making it more likely to identify a problem early, when treatment is most effective.”​