Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Over 40 Attend pre-October Event Luncheon

A beautiful day in Fort Wayne and a perfect day for gathering table captains, "bosom buddies" and sponsors/supporters of Francine's Friends at the table captain and "friends" pre-luncheon held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Guests were welcomed by board president Sharon Simmons, who gave everyone a brief update on Francine's Friends in 2011 before introducing our guest speaker.
Dr. Shalini Chitneni, M.D., of Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, offered a message of hope as she talked about early detection, breast cancer treatments and "cure" - her new favorite four-letter word. She took questions from the audience and also shared answers about FAQs from her own patients.

The short program closed with table captain co-chairs Jeanne Garton and Sharon Eisbart handing out packets for the table captains, encouraging them to save the date and invite their friends to our annual fundraiser on October 14th. Along with medical updates from R. Prasad Mantravadi, MD, FACR, FACRO, and our survivor makeovers, we'll also be premiering "Life with Francine's Friends" - a short video series that looks inside the world of Francine's Friends. Starring Colleen Murray and Robyn Scott of Chicago's Second City, it will provide an intimate portrait of this vital life-saving service in our community, highlighting the volunteers, supporters and individuals whose lives have been touched by mobile mammography.

Luncheon sponsors to date include presenting sponsor PHP Foundation, Radiation Oncology Associates, Emley Design Group, Punch Films, and Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studios. For sponsorship information, contact Ellen Tom (e_tom@comcast.net).  For information on how to be a table captain or attend the luncheon, please contact Jeanne Garton (Jeannegarton@aol.com or 625-3532). See more photos on our Facebook page and be sure to "like" us while you're there!