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.”​

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Francine's Friends Partners with Taylor Rental - Pink Port-a-johns!

http://www.taylorrentalusa.com/equipment.asp?action=category&category=1&key=PORTAJONPINK
Francine's Friends is excited to announce a unique partnership that promises to promote
"thinking pink" this spring, summer and fall - Pink Port-a-Johns!

Taylor Rental Plus of Auburn, Indiana is introducing 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!

"The battle against breast cancer is something we strongly want to help support," explained Natalie Taylor, Store Manager. "We loved the idea of collaborating with Francine's Friends - and want to see a fleet of pink portable restrooms at all types of events this season - weddings, graduations, outdoor parties, festivals and fundraisers - everywhere! We love how they look!" said Taylor.

Please help us spread the word that these special portable restrooms are available - great for upcoming graduation parties, weddings, any party or outdoor event!


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.

PDF link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B91bqLDVEEnZMzUxcWdUb1ZBZTQ/edit?usp=sharing


Francine's Friends Part of Miss IPFW 2014's Platform


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-IPFW-Scholarship-Organization/148258845266369

Francine's Friends invites you to join us for a winetasting fundraiser for Miss IPFW 2014 - introducing Shana Patel. Shana is currently a senior at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This event will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Two EE's Winery, 6808 U.S. 24, Huntington, Indiana.

Join us as we help celebrate Shana and the official announcement of her platform  "Be Your Own Advocate — Prioritizing Women's Health" which includes her passion for advocating for all women to become educating, empowered and more aware of their health and ways they can manage it through diet, exercise, and screenings.

You'll also learn about her preparation for the Miss Indiana pageant in June, as well as her announcement of a new partnership with a local women's health organization —  Francine's Friends! The Francine's Friends mammography coach will also be onsite and available for tours during the evening.

"We are so honored to partner with Miss IPFW 2014 to help increase mammography screenings for women in Northeast Indiana," said Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president. "Shana will be a wonderful advocate to help inspire and empower all women to become more aware of their health and ways they can manage it."

"I have been honored to work with Francine’s Friends, which provides a highly accessible and visible community resource, the mobile mammography coach," explained Patel. Because of the work of organizations like Francine Friends, there are more than 2 MILLION breast cancer “survivors” in America today." she concluded.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. All proceeds from this event go to support Shana as Miss IPFW. Contact brendawigginton@yahoo.com to purchase tickets and/or for more information regarding this event.