Monday, August 21, 2017

Moonshine Cowboys 2017 "Ride for a Cause" Raises Record $23,000!

Francine's Friends board members were on hand when the kick stands went up! The 2017 Moonshine Cowboys "Ride for a Cause" with Brandt’s Harley Davidson took place on Saturday, August 5th, 2017. There were 204 motorcycles and over 360 riders – plus additional attendees at the live auction and dinner that followed the ride.

“The event, as always, was so full of enthusiasm and inspiration. It was heartwarming to see the dedication and determination of so many working together to save lives,” explained Irene Walters, Francine’s Friends Board Member. “We did our best to convey to as many as possible how grateful Francine’s Friends is for this event and support.”

“What a caring group of individuals who took a Saturday afternoon motorcycle ride and turned it into a major fundraiser to support breast cancer initiatives,” echoed Glynda Harris, Francine’s Friends Vice President and Board Member. “Everyone was wonderful, generous and downright fun. Our thanks to everyone involved in making this happen!”

The ride was created five years ago when the Moonshine Cowboys partnered with  Robert & Toni Metzger (Owners of 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio).  Toni lost her sister Susie to a rare form of breast cancer and created the ride with the Moonshine Cowboys in memory of her sister. The group planned and hosted what has come to be an annual “fight breast cancer” fundraiser that has grown every year, with the proceeds going to Francine’s Friends.  In 2016, the Moonshine Cowboys joined forces with Brandt’s Harley Davidson in Wabash.

“It was a really unique event with lots of happy bikers committed to both a good cause and a desire to help others - I loved the great tee shirts everyone was wearing, the amazing generosity and the awareness so many bikers created for early detection,” said Mary Ann Ziembo, Francine’s Friends Treasurer and Board Member.

The Moonshine Cowboys, Brandt’s Harley Davidson and 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio would like to thank everyone for making the 2017 event a great success. “We’re looking forward to 2018 being even more successful!” exclaimed co-founder and event organizer Toni Metzger.

Additional information can be found on or contact: Clarence Griese – Phone: (260) 571-1127 or Toni Metzger – Phone:  (260) 571-8142.

Event phoots can be found at:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 Pre-event Table Captain Luncheon

The 2017 Pre-event Table Captain Luncheon was held on Wednesday, July 28th at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Four Francine’s Friends board members shared personal stories and perspectives on early detection, education, awareness and advocacy as part of a panel presentation. Over 40 women (and three men!) gathered for lunch, learning and laughter and to hear more about this year’s 13th annual "Lunch with Friends".

The 13th Annual “Lunch with Friends” will be held Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. 2017 "Lunch with Friends" sponsors to date include Kroger, Radiology Oncology Associates, P.C., Physicians Health Plan, Vera Bradley, Steel Dynamics, Briner, OmniSource, Do It Best Corp., Fort Wayne Oncology and Hematology Consultants, Emley Design Group, GLO Magazine, Punch Films, and Shaffer Multimedia.

The call to action was "Bring YOUR Friends and honor breast cancer survivors!" Luncheon guests will also enjoy survivor makeovers by Jophiel, Lacie’s Hair Design, and The Red Stiletto — and all help raise funds for mammograms!

View this year's Table Captain Luncheon photos on Facebook by clicking here. For information on being a table captain, bosom buddy or corporate sponsor for this year's event, or for individual ticket information, contact board vice president Glynda Harris ( or 385-1601).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Conversation with "Friends"

It's always fun to spend a morning or afternoon in the company of Friends, which was exactly the case when the current board members of Francine's Friends came together as part of a video shoot in preparation for the annual "Lunch with Friends" fundraiser in October.

What was captured during the two-day long shoot? Fifteen minutes of fame for all of us? We think not. Bloopers? Absolutely! Our very own Fort Wayne version of "Burns and Allen"? We guarantee captured footage of that! 

Thirteen years of memorabilia from the storage closet and shared memories helped fuel each conversation segment, covering topics ranging from the first trip to Dayton/Cincinnati to research the original coach to accolades and community awards to the over 40,000 women served. Most importantly, talk centered around the many survivors who have participated in each luncheon, the role of early detection, and how many of OUR Friends have made mobile mammography accessible and available to so many.

Many thanks to the Punch Films crew who made the interviews run smoothly, along with the magic of make-up artist Christa Rife, who made all of us "better versions of ourselves" for the shoot. 

Want to see the finished product? There's only one way to do so — be sure to attend this year's "Lunch with Friends" on October 13, 2017. 

Our goal is to fill the Memorial Coliseum with as many friends as possible to promote the importance of mammograms and early detection. Contact Jeanne Schneider (625-3532 or or Sharon Eisbart (432-2252 or on how you can become a table captain or for more information on individual seating.  In the meantime, check out these "behind the scenes" stills of Friends in action!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Important Mobile Mammography Update!

5.15 LATEST UPDATE - we are back up and running!

To schedule an appointment, please call the scheduling line at 260.266.8120.

The Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography coach is currently having its generator replaced. Due to this repair work, many locations have changed.

If you have an appointment for a mammogram on the Francine's Friends coach and have not been contacted to reschedule, please call 260-483-1847 or 1-800-727-8439, ext. 68120. 

If your business or organization is hosting the coach and you would like to confirm a scheduled visit of the mobile mammography coach at your site, please contact Breast Diagnostic Center at 260-266-8120 or email

We apologize for any inconvenience — the coach will be back on the road very soon! 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Our DeKalb County Auburn Tri Kappa friends are busy getting ready for their 3rd Annual Pink Out on Thursday, May 18th! 

5/18/17 PINK OUT DAY DEKALB COUNTY @ The James Cultural Plaza
1p-8p – Francine’s Friends coach
4p-7p – Health Fair 6th Street
6p-8p – DABA Cruise In
6:15/6:30p – Library PINK Parade to the ceremony on 6th Street
7ish – ceremony Francine’s Friends, Dr. Pink & Nina Bennett 

"The Auburn Chapter of Tri Kappa is so grateful to partner with Francine’s Friends to complete our mission educating DeKalb County community members about the crucial importance of early breast cancer detection," said Pink Out spokesperson Natalie Taylor-DeWitt. "Francine’s Friends is able to service our community in the most convenient way by coming directly to businesses and organizations.  The coach provides women a safe and comfortable environment for mammograms.  The volunteers who run this organization have become our forever friends in saving women’s lives all over Northeast Indiana, especially DeKalb County."

"Francine's Friends is so happy to support the DeKalb County Pink Out and our special friends of Tri Kappa!" echoed Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president. "Early detection is our best protection and Tri Kappa is dedicated to spreading the word about the importance of regular screening mammograms. Partnering with Tri Kappa and Pink Out is a natural for Francine's Friends."

In additional to the 5/18/2017 official Pink Out, many other supporting community events are on the calendar for May in DeKalb County, including:

5/1/17 6pm Eckhart Library Breast Cancer Detection Workshop
5/5/17 ADAC First Fridays Cruise in
5/6/17 YMCA Zumbathon 1P-3P 

5/14/17 Auburn Golf Course Mother’s Day Brunch with Pink mimosas
5/20/17 Byler Lane Winery Pink Out Anniversary Party 5p-9p

The Francine's Friends mobile mammography coach will be onsite from 1-8 pm for screening mammograms, so take 15 minutes to check yours off the list - and remind a friend or two to do the same! Thank you Tri Kappa Auburn for planning and hosting this wonderful annual event. #pinkoutdekalb2017

To schedule a mammogram, call 260-483-1847 or 1-800-727-8439, ext. 68120.

View photos of last year's Tri Kappa Pink Out DeKalb County.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Moonshine Cowboys Announce 5th Annual "Ride for the Cause"

The Moonshine Cowboys recently announced that they are celebrating their 5th "Ride for a Cause" on August 5, 2017. And, as in 2016, Francine’s Friends has been selected to be the lucky recipient of the proceeds from this year's ride, and we couldn't be happier!

Ride for a Cause is an annual fight breast cancer ride that takes place every July or August in and around Wabash, Indiana. The event has raised over $36,000 total in the first four years of the ride’s creation.  Their goal in 2017 is to surpass $50,000 in total donations over the first five years.
The donations are raised thru rider registrations, shirt sponsorship(s), auction of merchandise donated, and miscellaneous donations.

The ride was created five years ago when the Moonshine Cowboys joined forces with Robert & Toni Metzger (Owners of 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio).  Toni lost her sister (Susie) to a rare form of breast cancer and created the ride with the Moonshine Cowboys in memory of her sister.

For more information,visit or You can view photos from last year's event, visit the Francine's Friends Facebook page.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome Friends!

 January brings a whole new monthly screening schedule and a lot of new sites for the Francine's Friends mobile mammography coach. We welcome our new "Friends" to our long list of businesses, organizations and community sites who are already helping take care of their female customers, employees and neighbors by providing screening opportunities for ALL women!

New sites for 2017 include: Hamilton Community Schools (DeKalb County) and Hamilton Village Foods (DeKalb/Steuben Counties), Brunswick, Vincent Village, Ethan Allen, Charis House, The Beehive Salon, Barrett McNagny, Amnesty & Deliverance Community Festival, Archer's Pointe, Ruoff, and New Haven Chamber of Commerce (Allen County), Eden Worship Center (LaGrange County), and Women's Health Day, Williams County Fairgrounds, Montpelier (Williams County).

Check out on our website for all upcoming coach locations and visit a community site near you!