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 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.