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!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Do You Have YOUR Indiana IBCAT License Plate?

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

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Francine's Friends Receives $20k as Part of Kroger 2016 "Fight Cancer Days"

The Kroger Marketplace store on Dupont was the site of the "Kroger Caring for Fort Wayne" press conference held on Friday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. Eric Halvorson, Kroger Manager of Public Affairs for the Central Division in Indianapolis, joined Fort Wayne district manager Chris Gomez and local agency representatives to announce a total contribution of $126,000 for seven area charities.

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.

"Fight Cancer Day" Super Heroes from all three agencies "flew in" and were also on hand to receive the donation. Francine's Friends board president Sharon Simmons thanked Kroger for their generous donation, noting that "Francine's Friends is so grateful for this partnership; it's meant a great deal to our all-volunteer organization and all the women we reach and serve."

Click here to view photos on Facebook.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Central Noble Jr-Sr High Volley Ball Pink Out raises over $1,600!

UPDATE....Here's the official photo of the check presentation in January 2017 - when these ladies make a commitment, they make a commitment! Thank you Lady Cougars and the entire Central Noble community for making the 2016 Pink Out such an amazing success!

On Monday, October 3rd, the Central Noble Lady Cougars JV & Varsity teams hosted Hamilton and were victorious, "spiking down cancer" for their annual Pink Out Night and game, raising a whopping $1,600!

Prior to the start of the varsity match-up, 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.

“We can’t believe how much is going on this evening,” said Donna Emley, who sits on the charity’s board of directors. Such fundraising events are critical, Emley said to KPCMedia reporter Matt Getts, who was on hand for the Albian New Era. “It’s really exciting to see the community come out like this,” Emley continue, “We’re an all-volunteer organization and it’s grass roots events like this that fund our mission.”

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.

Click here to view more photos from the evening on the Francine's Friends Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Todd Alber Memorial Golf Outing Raises $2,000 for Francine's Friends

Scott Downs, organizer of the "Todd Alber Memorial Golf Outing", recently presented Francine's Friends with a check for $2,000 — a record amount for proceeds raised from the annual event held in August at Noble Hawk Golf Course.

"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