Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Help Francine's Friends Win $1,000 from Old National Bank

Time to vote for Francine's Friends before the end of the year!

To celebrate the warm welcome Old National Bank has received from Fort Wayne and Warsaw, Old National Bank is giving away $7,000 to seven area charitable organizations. The vote of the people will determine the winner. Voting ends December 31, so go in today to cast your vote!

You can vote at any Old National Bank participating banking center in Fort Wayne or Warsaw. Click on this link for more details and the locations of the banking centers:

Qualifications for charitable organizations:
  • Charity must be a 501(c)(3) organization, not an individual
  • Charity should be listed as the local affiliate if part of a national organization
  • Charities that do not have a presence in Fort Wayne or Warsaw, as determined by Old National, are not eligible
Qualifications for voters:
  • No purchase necessary
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Limit one vote per person per day
  • Old National associates are not eligible to vote
Please help us rock the Francine's Friends vote! And thank you Old National Bank!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Garrett High School Volleyball Girls Raise Over $3,500 for Francine's Friends!

Garrett Lady Railroaders ROCK! Francine's Friends mobile mammography staff accepts a check for $3,516 while the mobile mammography coach was at St. Martin’s. The funds raised by the Garrett High School Volleyball Team was from their annual pink event. This is a repeat event for this wonderful high school group - well done, ladies!

Shown from left to right: Garrett senior Lyndsey Gibson, Francine’s Friends mobile mammography coach staff Jan Miller and coach driver Dawn Fox and Garrett senior Morgan Vogel.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thank You to Our Friends!

Our 10th anniversary luncheon in October, with reservations of more than 650 (a sell-out crowd) — raised more than $182,000 to provide screening mammography for women in Northeast Indiana — making the 2014 luncheon our biggest and netting Francine’s Friends the largest amount raised ever!

We want to thank our community partners (Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and Breast Diagnostic Center), this year's corporate luncheon sponsors (PHP Foundation, Brigadoon Fitness, Radiation Oncology Associates, Vera Bradley, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, Emley Design Group, glo Magazine, Steel Dynamics, OmniSource, Jophiel, Punch Films, Do It Best Corp., Briner Building, Inc., Shaffer Multimedia, Star 88.3 and Dr. John Cook), corporate tables, bosom buddies, table captains, and YOU for making this possible!

Our mission continues to be to make early detection of breast cancer (through screening mammography) available to EVERY WOMAN in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area.

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 9, 2015 as we celebrate moving into the next decade with Francine's Friends. We hope to see you there!

Click here to view photos of our 2014 Luncheon on Facebook!

Click here to view photos of the fashion show portion of our luncheon - presented by Jophiel, with help from Cunningham Optical and Masters of Cosmetology College Hair and Make-up on Facebook!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Francine's Friends Part of 36th Annual Fight Cancer Day

At a news conference on October 28th at the Kroger Marketplace store on Dupont Road, the Kroger Co.'s Central Division leaders announced results of the 36th annual "Kroger Fight Cancer Day 2014".

The 2014 campaign was a collaborative effort involving Kroger, the American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and Francine’s Friends.

“Francine’s Friends is especially proud to partner with Kroger, CSNI, and ACS in Fight Cancer Day! Our program got its start with a ribbon  cutting at the Scotts/Kroger store on North Clinton and continues to bring the coach to area Kroger stores in the Fort Wayne area,” explained Francine’s Friends Board President, Sharon Simmons.

Kroger customers and associates were offered the opportunity to sign or write messages to loved ones on large Fight Cancer Day banners hung in all 15 stores. Volunteers from ACS, CSNI, ad Francine's Friends, many of whom are cancer survivors worked in stores across the region in support of the event.

This year’s money was collected in various ways. Kroger donated $50,000 which represented three percent of sales on Wednesday, October 8. Another $19,855.79 came from Kroger customers who donated $1, $3 or $5 in cash on two separate Sundays. Kroger also made a direct contribution of $12,500 to Francine’s Friends. In all, $82,355.79 was raised, and over the course of 36 years, more than $4.7 million has been raised for area cancer organizations.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We are HAPPY!

Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center announced that their joint entry finished in third place in the national 2014 Pink Glove Dance for Breast Cancer Awareness video contest. Featuring more than 150 local healthcare workers dancing to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy,” the 90-second video was shot in several iconic Fort Wayne locations and produced by Punch Films. Winners were determined by an online vote.
“We are thrilled the video reached so many people to emphasize the importance of early breast cancer detection,” said Dr. William Petty, BDC medical director. In addition to the $2,500 prize money presented to Francine’s Friends on October 2, the all-volunteer organization also received $1,000 from Byron Health Center and $1,000 from Breast Diagnostic Center to help fulfill its mission to provide screening mammography for all women in northeast Indiana.

"Today our magic coach video came in third in our category for the Pink Glove Dance!" exclaimed Sharon Simmons, board president of Francine's Friends. "Asher Advertising, Punch Films, Byron Health, and BDC all deserve our special thanks for the hard work they devoted to making our first experience with the Pink Glove so memorable," she continued. "Thank you to everyone who reached out to all your friends, relatives, and professional contacts and had them voting for us each and every day — it was amazing!  I know I had a wonderful time being a part of this video and I hope that everyone else involved enjoyed it as much as I did!  We are HAPPY!! "

The locally produced video can be seen by clicking the link here. The Pink Glove Dance campaign was created in 2009 by Medline Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, to honor healthcare workers and their patients.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Francine's Friends Receives 2014 Health Care Award

Francine's Friends was honored to be among the 36 health care recipients who received the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Health Care Award on 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.

"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."

Simmons (in pink) is shown above at the awards ceremony, along with Glynda Harris, Francine's Friends board member, Irene Walters, co-founder of Francine's Friends and board member, and Wendy Krzyzanowski, KPC Media Group, and friend of Francine's Friends who nominated us.

Read the entire article here.

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

Links directly to vote will be listed on the websites of Byron Health Center, Breast Diagnostic Center and Francine’s Friends:,, and

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