Thursday, December 29, 2016
Francine’s Friends will again be a recipient of a grant for breast cancer screening from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. (IBCAT). In 2016, IBCAT granted over $417,800 to 36 organizations dedicated to screening mammography programs, including Francine’s Friends.
The mission of IBCAT is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and support services throughout Indiana. IBCAT receives funds through sales of breast cancer awareness specialty license plate. Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust plate sales began in January of 2002.
“We are so grateful for the support from IBCAT!” explained Francine’s Friends board president Sharon Simmons. “They help us fund screenings in many counties in Northeast Indiana - Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. Thank you IBCAT for improving the health of women in our communities!”
Through these sales, monies are available for grants deemed to best address the unmet screening needs of the people of Indiana. Each Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness plate sold generates a $25.00 donation. For more information on IBCAT, visit breastcancerplate.org.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
A check in the amount of $82,000 went to three "Fight Cancer Day" agencies — The American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Francine's Friends, representing three percent of Kroger sales raised on October 5, 2016 — the 38th Annual "Fight Cancer Day" — and customer donations from the month of October. In addition to "Fight Cancer Day", the "Kroger Cares" presentation on Friday included donations to Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Community Harvest Food Bank, Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Prior to the start of the varsity matchup, a moment of silence was observed and there was a presentation of pink flowers by the volleyball team to honor breast cancer survivors. There also was a bake sale, silent auction, raffles and PINK cotton candy. Francine's Friends was presented with a giant Pink Out poster signed by the Cougar Varsity Team players at the close of the evening. All proceeds from the evening's events went to Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography Unit.
Special thanks to Kelly Beams, Guidance Counselor, and Central Noble Varsity Volleyball coach Laura Scott for helping organize the event, all who attended, and especially the Lady Cougars JV and Varsity teams. A check for final proceeds will be presented in January.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
"We remember Todd for his smile, his many stories and the tomfoolery that sometimes surrounded him. He was the life of the party and was known by several nicknames including “Toad,” “Bird Dog,” “RT” and “Indiana Bob.” Todd was a dedicated son, brother, friend and UPS team member. His kindness, love and enthusiasm touched us all. Todd made the most of life, his black lab (Kip) and the game of golf," explained Downs. "This fifth annual tribute to Todd was bigger and better than ever, and we're thrilled to help support our deserving charities," Downs continued. Francine’s Friends and the Allen County SPCA are the two charities of choice.
For more information on the annual golf outing, visit tamgo.org.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
"Last year we hosted a 'Fuel the Fight Against Breast Cancer' during the Grand Opening for our Goshen Road convenience store," explained Melinda McDonald, Media Coordinator at McIntosh Energy. "We wanted to host a very similar event this year to celebrate our one-year anniversary."
The MacFood Mart/Sunoco station, located at the corner of Washington Center and US 33, sold approximately 2000 gallons of regular gasoline in a four hour timeframe, which is a LOT of gasoline! MacFood Mart manager Shannon Noble presented Francine's Friends board president Sharon Simmons with a check for the proceeds and thanked Francine's Friends for its work in the community.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Along with this year’s breast cancer survivors and the Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) staff from the coach, our "friends" helped us celebrate and share a “passion for fashion” thanks to Jophiel, Carson’s, Susan’s, The Find, Tangles, and Classic Image Salon and Spa. William C. Petty, M.D., Medical Director, Breast Diagnostic Center and TJ Krasun, Senior Manager, Hospital Systems Lakeshore Division, American Cancer Society, Inc., used a lively debate format to entertain and inform the audience with “Controversies in Screening Guidelines”. Francine's Friends Table Captains, Bosom Buddies, and community partners were also acknowledged and celebrated.
This year's event sponsors included Presenting Sponsor PHP, luncheon sponsors Kroger, Radiation Onocology Associations, Emley Design Group, Glo Magazine, Vera Bradley, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Steel Dynamics, Inc., OmniSource, Do it Best Corp., Punch, Briner Building, Inc., MedProGroup, Shaffer Multimedia, and a new champion-level sponsor — Brigadoon Fitness.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The “Kroger Fight Cancer Day 2016” promotion will be themed to honor local “superheroes” that were nominated by the participating cancer agencies for being a survivor or devoted in the fight against cancer. The three superheroes include: Kendall Williams — Cancer Services, Donna Emley — Francine’s Friends, and Jeff Krudop — American Cancer Society. Each has donned a costume & cape on billboards and in-store posters throughout the Fort Wayne area. This year, customers and associates will be offered the opportunity to take photos in a superhero standup that will be in all 15 stores.
Over 37 years, the annual Cancer Day event has raised $4,816,773 for local cancer organizations and the company hopes to significantly exceed that amount in 2016. “Kroger Fight Cancer Day 2015” total proceeds were $76,271. Volunteers from ACS, Cancer Services and Francine’s Friends, many of whom are cancer survivors, will be working in stores across the region in support of the event.
The "Fight Cancer Day" Superheroes will be making a guest appearance on October 14th at the Francine's Friends 12th Annual "Lunch with Friends" fundraiser at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum. This year's theme is "Celebrating Champions" and Kroger is a sponsor of the annual event.