Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Help Francine's Friends Win $1,000 from Old National Bank

Time to vote for Francine's Friends before the end of the year!

To celebrate the warm welcome Old National Bank has received from Fort Wayne and Warsaw, Old National Bank is giving away $7,000 to seven area charitable organizations. The vote of the people will determine the winner. Voting ends December 31, so go in today to cast your vote!

You can vote at any Old National Bank participating banking center in Fort Wayne or Warsaw. Click on this link for more details and the locations of the banking centers:

Qualifications for charitable organizations:
  • Charity must be a 501(c)(3) organization, not an individual
  • Charity should be listed as the local affiliate if part of a national organization
  • Charities that do not have a presence in Fort Wayne or Warsaw, as determined by Old National, are not eligible
Qualifications for voters:
  • No purchase necessary
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Limit one vote per person per day
  • Old National associates are not eligible to vote
Please help us rock the Francine's Friends vote! And thank you Old National Bank!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Garrett High School Volleyball Girls Raise Over $3,500 for Francine's Friends!

Garrett Lady Railroaders ROCK! Francine's Friends mobile mammography staff accepts a check for $3,516 while the mobile mammography coach was at St. Martin’s. The funds raised by the Garrett High School Volleyball Team was from their annual pink event. This is a repeat event for this wonderful high school group - well done, ladies!

Shown from left to right: Garrett senior Lyndsey Gibson, Francine’s Friends mobile mammography coach staff Jan Miller and coach driver Dawn Fox and Garrett senior Morgan Vogel.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thank You to Our Friends!

Our 10th anniversary luncheon in October, with reservations of more than 650 (a sell-out crowd) — raised more than $182,000 to provide screening mammography for women in Northeast Indiana — making the 2014 luncheon our biggest and netting Francine’s Friends the largest amount raised ever!

We want to thank our community partners (Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and Breast Diagnostic Center), this year's corporate luncheon sponsors (PHP Foundation, Brigadoon Fitness, Radiation Oncology Associates, Vera Bradley, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, Emley Design Group, glo Magazine, Steel Dynamics, OmniSource, Jophiel, Punch Films, Do It Best Corp., Briner Building, Inc., Shaffer Multimedia, Star 88.3 and Dr. John Cook), corporate tables, bosom buddies, table captains, and YOU for making this possible!

Our mission continues to be to make early detection of breast cancer (through screening mammography) available to EVERY WOMAN in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area.

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 9, 2015 as we celebrate moving into the next decade with Francine's Friends. We hope to see you there!

Click here to view photos of our 2014 Luncheon on Facebook!

Click here to view photos of the fashion show portion of our luncheon - presented by Jophiel, with help from Cunningham Optical and Masters of Cosmetology College Hair and Make-up on Facebook!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Francine's Friends Part of 36th Annual Fight Cancer Day

At a news conference on October 28th at the Kroger Marketplace store on Dupont Road, the Kroger Co.'s Central Division leaders announced results of the 36th annual "Kroger Fight Cancer Day 2014".

The 2014 campaign was a collaborative effort involving Kroger, the American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and Francine’s Friends.

“Francine’s Friends is especially proud to partner with Kroger, CSNI, and ACS in Fight Cancer Day! Our program got its start with a ribbon  cutting at the Scotts/Kroger store on North Clinton and continues to bring the coach to area Kroger stores in the Fort Wayne area,” explained Francine’s Friends Board President, Sharon Simmons.

Kroger customers and associates were offered the opportunity to sign or write messages to loved ones on large Fight Cancer Day banners hung in all 15 stores. Volunteers from ACS, CSNI, ad Francine's Friends, many of whom are cancer survivors worked in stores across the region in support of the event.

This year’s money was collected in various ways. Kroger donated $50,000 which represented three percent of sales on Wednesday, October 8. Another $19,855.79 came from Kroger customers who donated $1, $3 or $5 in cash on two separate Sundays. Kroger also made a direct contribution of $12,500 to Francine’s Friends. In all, $82,355.79 was raised, and over the course of 36 years, more than $4.7 million has been raised for area cancer organizations.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We are HAPPY!

Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center announced that their joint entry finished in third place in the national 2014 Pink Glove Dance for Breast Cancer Awareness video contest. Featuring more than 150 local healthcare workers dancing to Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy,” the 90-second video was shot in several iconic Fort Wayne locations and produced by Punch Films. Winners were determined by an online vote.
“We are thrilled the video reached so many people to emphasize the importance of early breast cancer detection,” said Dr. William Petty, BDC medical director. In addition to the $2,500 prize money presented to Francine’s Friends on October 2, the all-volunteer organization also received $1,000 from Byron Health Center and $1,000 from Breast Diagnostic Center to help fulfill its mission to provide screening mammography for all women in northeast Indiana.

"Today our magic coach video came in third in our category for the Pink Glove Dance!" exclaimed Sharon Simmons, board president of Francine's Friends. "Asher Advertising, Punch Films, Byron Health, and BDC all deserve our special thanks for the hard work they devoted to making our first experience with the Pink Glove so memorable," she continued. "Thank you to everyone who reached out to all your friends, relatives, and professional contacts and had them voting for us each and every day — it was amazing!  I know I had a wonderful time being a part of this video and I hope that everyone else involved enjoyed it as much as I did!  We are HAPPY!! "

The locally produced video can be seen by clicking the link here. The Pink Glove Dance campaign was created in 2009 by Medline Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, to honor healthcare workers and their patients.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Francine's Friends Receives 2014 Health Care Award

Francine's Friends was honored to be among the 36 health care recipients who received the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Health Care Award on September 11.​ The honorees were selected from a record number of nominations and were chosen by the judges because they exemplify the significant contributions one individual or organization can make to the quality of health care for all in northeast Indiana.

"We are so excited and very happy to have been selected as an honoree for the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Health Care Awards!" said Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president. "On behalf of the entire board of Francine’s Friends, we thank you very much for honoring us and our mission to make screening mammography available to any woman in our community regardless of their ability to pay."

Simmons (in pink) is shown above at the awards ceremony, along with Glynda Harris, Francine's Friends board member, Irene Walters, co-founder of Francine's Friends and board member, and Wendy Krzyzanowski, KPC Media Group, and friend of Francine's Friends who nominated us.

Read the entire article here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vote Online and Help Francine’s Friends Win Up to $15,000!

 Click on the link below and VOTE today and EVERY DAY thru Sept. 23rd!

Vote online for the "Byron Health Center & Breast Diagnostic Center” link at Pink Glove Dance, and Francine's Friends could win up to $15k!

The Byron Health Center has been a company sight for the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach for just 2 short years, but in that time one of their employees who had her mammogram on the coach, was found to have breast cancer. Because of the convenience of having the Francine’s Friends mammography coach there she was diagnosed early and on her way to a healthier life.

Earlier this year Byron Health approached the Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) about joining them in the Pink Glove Dance competition. (The video competition is sponsored by Medline.) Winners are selected by online votes. The first place winner of the contest receives $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice and Byron Health and BDC have chosen Francine’s Friends! The overall winner receives $5,000 more, so there is a possibility of winning $15,000!!!

Francine’s Friends has already received $2,000 as part of the competition — Thank you Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center!

Voting has started, so vote every day and tell all your friends!!!! You need an email account to vote. Share the above link with all your contacts, on any social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) asking all your friends to vote. You can vote one time each day, per e-mail address.

The most votes win, so numbers count! Last year’s winner had less than 100,000 votes – we KNOW we can do better with your help!

To vote:
> Click here to go to the link to vote.
> You'll be selecting Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center - which is the name the video was submitted under. Please note: it will NOT say Francine’s Friends. This is under the Standalone Healthcare category.
> Vote once a day every day during the voting period — thru 11:59 p.m. CT 9/23/14.

Winners will be announced on 10/2/14 at

Links directly to vote will be listed on the websites of Byron Health Center, Breast Diagnostic Center and Francine’s Friends:,, and

Special thanks to everyone involved in this incredible day! Help us get out the vote and take home the Pink Glove prize!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Health Care Awards Honorees Announced

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly recently announced 36 health care professionals and organizations to be recognized at an awards ceremony September 11.​ The honorees were selected from a record number of nominations and were chosen by the judges because they exemplify the significant contributions one individual or organization can make to the quality of health care for all in northeast Indiana.

Francine's Friends is thrilled to be included in the list of honorees. "We are so excited and very happy to have been selected as an honoree for the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Health Care Awards!" said Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president. "On behalf of the entire board of Francine’s Friends, we thank you very much for honoring us and our mission to make screening mammography available to any woman in our community regardless of their ability to pay."

The list of honorees includes 15 who will also be honored in a specific category of health care. Those honorees will be announced at the event, which will also feature Mike Packnett, president and CEO, of Parkview Health as the Keynote speaker.

“This year we saw a large number of nominations, each and every one of whom are deserving of recognition and our gratitude for helping to keep northeast Indiana healthy,” said Terry Ward, COO, KPC Media Group Inc., which published Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.  “The judges were charged with determining 12 category winners, but when faced with so many outstanding candidates, they recommended 24 additional professionals be recognized. These unsung heroes receive the gratitude of their patients everyday, but are rarely recognized professionally. By honoring these professionals we are recognizing the important role quality health care plays in a community’s growth.” 

The honorees will be featured in the September 12–18 edition of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and honored at a breakfast awards ceremony on September 11, 2014 at the Landmark Centre from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Tickets are $25 and tables of eight are $200. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (260) 426-2640.

​The event is being sponsored by PHP, American Senior Communities, MainStay Solutions, and Keyflow Creative. ​Additional corporate sponsorships are also available ​ by calling (260) 426-2640 for more information.

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 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 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

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 ( or Lynn Keefer (
  • August 16 - Todd Albers 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, Noble Hawk Golf Links
    For more
    information, contact Scott Downs (260-312-2304) or email:
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

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

For more information on the Family Fun Fest and the Motorcycle Ride, check out or find them on Facebook at

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!
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

PDF link:

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

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 to purchase tickets and/or for more information regarding this event.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Parkview Foundation Cookin' Men Event April 26, 2014
Join the nearly 100 other chefs for the annual Parkview Foundation Cookin’ Men event on Saturday, April 26.

Funds raised this year will support women’s health and benefit Parkview’s partnership with Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program. 

Get your tickets at this link: - and join everyone at the Grand Wayne Center for great food and good fun while supporting a great cause.

Parkview Foundation's Cookin' Men is a premier annual event that gives you the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary food and spirits prepared by nearly 100 local men who don chef hats for the evening.
Parkview Foundation’s Cookin’ Men is presented by Fifth Third Bank.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Purchase a Community Days booklet and show your support for FRANCINE’S FRIENDS!

Carsons believes in supporting our community and they are offering a terrific opportunity for local nonprofits. Coupon booklets, loaded with fantastic offers, will be available to use at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the Community Days event shopping days on February 28 & March 1.

Each booklet includes a $10 off coupon that can be used on an item priced at $10 or more, a value worth double the $5 price of the booklet!  And there is a 25% shopping pass!  Plus coupons can be used on top of Bonus Buys!                                                                

For every booklet we sell, Francine's Friends keeps the entire $5 purchase price. 100% of the proceeds from the booklet sales will help us.

The coupons in the booklet can be used at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, or Younkers store. Or online for purchases of regular, sale price and clearance items, including 10% off electronics, fashion watches, furniture & mattresses.

Come see us in person and purchase books this weekend at Carsons in Fort Wayne. Francine's Friends will be in the house on Friday, 2/21 from 10:00-12:00 and 4:00-8:00, Saturday 2/22 from 10:00-12:00 and 4:00-6:00, and Sunday 2/23 from 2:00-4:00.

Or save yourself a trip and click here to purchase online:

Thanks for your support and happy shopping!