Monday, August 29, 2016

Francine's Friends Awarded Dr. Bernard Stuart Health Award

Francine’s Friends was awarded the Dr. Bernard Stuart Health Award given each year by the local Fort Wayne Chapter of the NAACP.  The Dr Bernard Stuart Health Award honors local organizations or individuals whose efforts improve the health of the African-American community in Fort Wayne. The award was given this year at the annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Saturday, August 20.  The event was held at the Mirro Center and featured remarks by Mr. Larry Gist, the President of the local chapter and Ms. Barbara Bolling, Indiana State President of the NAACP. 

“We are very humbled and honored to be presented with the health award from the NAACP this year,” said Sharon Simmons, co-founder and board president of Francine’s Friends. “In our twelve years of funding screenings, our mission has been to improve the health of women in our community through early detection and by making screening mammography accessible to those who may be unable to otherwise receive this potentially lifesaving screening,” she continued.  “We thank the NAACP for their confidence in our ability and their support of our mission,” she concluded.

Shown from left to right: Larry Gist (NAACP Chapter President), Betsy Didier (Francine’s Friends board member), Sharon Simmons (Francine’s Friends co-founder and board president), Gail Littlejohn (award presenter). and Sharon Eisbart (Francine’s Friends co-founder and board member).

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Vote for Francine's Friends Display Window at Glenbrook and Help Us Win $200!

Francine's Friends had the opportunity to put up a window display at Glenbrook Square the month of August promoting mobile mammography and early detection and would like to extend its publicity life on the website and get a chance to win $200 for Francine’s Friends.

All we need is your vote!  There are no forms to fill out, no contact information, or cookies are collected.  Simply hit the vote button by our window display (click here for direct access), or visit at, then click on “window contest” at top.

If you want to see the window in person, it's just inside the mall entrance by Red Robin.

Thank you for your support! And thank you to Carson's for making the opportunity to promote nonprofits possible each month. You are a wonderful community partner!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 Table Captain Luncheon Celebrates Champions

The 2016 Pre-event Table Captain Luncheon was held on Thursday, July 29th at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Over 40 women gathered for lunch, learning and laughter and to hear more about this year's 12th annual "Lunch with Friends.

This year's October luncheon theme is "Celebrating Champions". In addition to our passion for both survivors and fashion, guests will enjoy a lively debate — “Controversies in
Screening Guidelines” — from featured speakers William C. Petty, M.D., BDC, and TJ Krasun, American Cancer Society.'s Friends was excited to announce a new "Champion" level sponsor of this year's luncheon — Brigadoon Financial. “It’s truly an honor for someone to trust that we are good stewards and donate such a substantial amount to us," said Ellen Tom, co-chair of sponsorship and the annual luncheon event, and Francine’s Friends board member. “Through champions like Bruce Dye/Brigadoon Financial, our message of awareness and early detection is embraced and expanded, and we are thrilled,” she added.

“This is confirmation that our message really reaches and resonates with everyone,“ continued Sharon Simmons, co-chair of sponsorship and the luncheon event, and Francine’s Friends board president. “We look at our coach as a way to bring health and hope to all women, regardless of her circumstances, and sponsorship support helps us fulfill that mission,” she concluded.

“Celebrating Champions” — the 12th Annual “Lunch with Friends” will be held Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Memorial Coliseum. Additional sponsors confirmed include Presenting Sponsor PHP, and Luncheon Sponsors Kroger, Radiology Oncology Associates, P.C., Emley Design Group, glo Magazine, Fort Wayne Oncology and Hematology Consultants, Very Bradley, Steel Dynamics, OmniSource, Punch Films, Shaffer Multimedia, Do It Best, and Med Pro.

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, contact board vice president Glynda Harris or 385-1601.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Are YOU Ready for Summer?

Even though the weather hasn't always felt like it lately, summer is just around the corner and Francine's Friends has a busy June, July and August!

Along with our coach schedule for mammograms (click here to view), there will be many other wonderful opportunities to spend time with "Friends" (click here for current third-party event dates and descriptions, along with our annual official Francine's Friends event dates).

You can also like and check out our Facebook page for the late-breaking information, events, and coach locations.

If you know of an organization who would like to sponsor a fundraiser to benefit Francine's Friends, please contact Glynda Harris ( or 385-1601) for more information.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Congratulations To The Lucky Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Francine's Friends drawing at the Vera Bradley annual outlet sale at the Memorial Coliseum.

Jodi Getz won the framed Terry Ratliff original, "A Day In the Life" created specifically for Francine's Friends. And Sarah Speer was the lucky winner of two tickets to the October 14, 2016 Lunch With Friends. Thank you to our great community partner, Vera Bradley, for space at the event to spread early detection awareness!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Garrett Railroaders Again Raise Funds for Francine's Friends

The Garrett Railroaders, including freshman and JV teams, sold tee shirts and pink bracelets and helped share tour message of early detection, raising $450 for Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography. Board President Sharon Simmons and Vice President Glynda Harris happily received the check from head coach, Bob Lapadot, and the varsity Lady Railroaders.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kroger 2015 Fight Cancer Day Results

Francine's Friends is excited to announce and thank Kroger for their generous donation of $12,500 and $6,568 from their customers' direct donations.  Kroger donated 3% of its October 7, 2015 sales to Francine's Friends, American Cancer Society, and Cancer Services - a total of $50,000. In addition, Kroger customers donated cash between October 1 and October 31, 2015 which raised an additional $26,271 and was divided among the three organizations.