Friday, November 1, 2019

15th Annual "Lunch with Friends"

Nearly 450 women (and men) attended the 15th annual “Lunch with Friends” at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum Convention Center to help raise funds to support the mission of Francine’s Friends — which is to ensure ALL women in northeast Indiana are able to have screening mammography on the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach, regardless of any barriers.

Linda Jackson, Evening Anchor of Fort Wayne’s NBC and long-time FRIEND, was back on stage as the high energy emcee of the luncheon, sharing stories of FRIENDS, celebrating survivors, capturing moments for social media, and sharing her amazing self.

After the Rev. Dr. William Curry, Chaplain, Parkview Health, offered the invocation, the Heartland Sings instrumental combo, under the direction of pianist and maestro Bob Nance, provided luncheon music before Rebecca Nelson, Lead Genetic Counselor, Parkview Health, took the stage and reminded everyone “Fear You Don’t Own ME!” and then encouraged the audience to sing along to the final verse.

Jackson then welcomed Marita Dwight-Smith, director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program, to the stage. Marita shared a heartfelt message in the form of a “letter to Francine” — paying tribute to Francine’s Friends namesake Francine Shubert, who survived two cancer diagnoses before losing her battle in 2002.  “I have so much to tell you,” shared Dwight-Smith. “You wouldn’t believe what happened — something extraordinary has taken place in your honor.  A group of your dear friends got together and wanted to do something impactful in your memory.  Something that would serve thousands and change and save lives. Who knew even 15 years later, your legacy would still carry on stronger than ever through a mobile mammography program in Allen County and the surrounding area that goes to where women are and serves those in need by providing all women in the Fort Wayne area the opportunity to have a screening mammogram regardless of any barriers or their ability to pay.”

Dwight-Smith continued to “update” Francine with acknowledgement of this year’s community partners, event sponsors, bosom buddies, table captains, third-party supporters, local pink-outs, donors and survivors.  “Today at our “Lunch with Friends” I thank you, Francine, as we celebrate survivors, each other, our community, moving forward, beauty out of tragedy, being bold, inspiring others, releasing fears, empowerment, authenticity, and having courage — all things I know embodied what you believed in too. Know that there is great love for you here!” Dwight-Smith concluded.

Dwight-Smith also revealed exciting news — in early October, 3D mammography was installed on the Francine’s Friends mobile mammography coach — a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection!

Next, Jackson introduced keynote speaker Donna Packnett, breast cancer survivor, and champion of cancer patients and fellow cancer survivors.  Packnett shared the ups and downs of her journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor, the importance of the support of her family and friends, and how together, as a family, the Packnetts continue to stay active serving alongside those making strides for cancer, being advocates, and creating opportunity for Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities.

DJ Breast Cancer/Podcaster Tina Conrad; Stefani Yudasz, NP,  Advanced Practice Provider, Parkview Physicians Group; and Rebecca Nelson, MS, CGC, Lead Genetic Counselor, Parkview Health took the stage next for a roundtable discussion about breast cancer as the survivor and the daughter of one, breast health and high risk considerations for breast cancer development, and identifying and managing hereditary cancer risks.

Jackson then shared a video clip of her recent “photo bomb” experience during a live remote with the mobile mammography coach out in the community — which then transformed into a LIVE flash mob!  With the help of Heartland Sings performers and a few “in-the-know” table captains strategically placed here and there, the room exploded into “I Will Survive” — much to the delight and surprise of the rest of the audience.

Jackson closed the luncheon by reminding everyone: “Together, through YOUR collective generosity, the coach will now take 3D mammography out into Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities – to businesses, clinics, health fairs, community and rural sites in 11 counties in northeast Indiana – and even more women will be able to take care of this potentially life-saving screening at their place of work, on their lunch hour, before they pick up the kids from school, between errands or while they’re spending a Saturday in the park at a community event.”

At year 15, Francine’s Friends has funded 16,387 mammograms and screened over 45,000 women (since June 2019) who are insured, under-insured, or have no insurance.

Donations may still be made to Francine's Friends to help provide early detection screenings. The average cost of a 3D mammogram is $180. Checks should be made payable to “Francine’s Friends, Inc.” and mailed to: Francine’s Friends, Inc., c/o Parkview Foundation 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Click here to view the Facebook photo album from this year’s “Lunch With Friends”

Monday, October 14, 2019

Kroger Launches 41st “Fight Cancer Day” Fundraising Campaign

Last week, Kroger and local participating agencies held the opening event of their annual fundraiser at the Coventry Lane Kroger in Fort Wayne. Kroger’s Central Division once again encourages the people of northeast Indiana to “Join the Fight” as a donor in the annual “Fight Cancer Day” campaign.

Representing the agencies this year were Tammy Royer for the American Cancer Society — Indiana, Sarogini Ranasinghe for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and Polly Workman for Francine’s Friends. Each is a cancer survivor and can share a powerful story of courage and resiliency to help raise money in the fight against cancer

“Kroger is proud to start the drive by pledging a portion of today’s sales to this year’s campaign,” said Todd Graham, Kroger district manager. “Fight Cancer Day offers all of us a chance to acknowledge the strength and tenacity of cancer survivors and their families. We are grateful to everyone who contributes to support the agencies that provide such an important service in the fight against cancer.”

In addition to donations raised on Oct. 3, shoppers will be able to make donations at the cash register throughout the month of October. New this year is a special day for each organization:

· On Friday, Oct. 11, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana received all customer donations made that day.

· On Friday, Oct. 18, the donations will go to Francine’s Friends.

· On Friday, Oct. 25, American Cancer Society will receive all donations made.

Kroger’s Fight Cancer Day proceeds exceeded $50,000 in 2018, boosting the total raised through the event’s 40-year history to more than $5 million.

“Francine’s Friends is incredibly proud and excited to partner with Kroger, Cancer Services, and ACS in Fight Cancer Day once again,” said Marita Dwight-Smith, director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. “At year 15, our program has a unique and long history with Kroger, and we continue to bring the Francine Friend’s coach to Fort Wayne area Kroger stores throughout the year. This is about making early detection available to all women in our community, regardless of any barriers, and we are thrilled to join forces each October with Kroger.”

So shop, shop, shop!




Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Roundtable Discussion Planned as Part of Oct. 11 “Lunch with Friends”


For those of you planning on attending the 15th annual “Lunch with Friends” on Oct. 11, you’re in for a real treat! Tina Conrad, breast cancer survivor and podcaster, DJ Breast Cancer, will be facilitating a roundtable discussion that will include Stefani Yudasz, NP, Advanced Practice Provider and manager of the high-risk clinic at Parkview Cancer Institute, and Rebecca Nelson, MS, CGC, Lead Genetic Counselor, Parkview Health.

Tina has lived the breast cancer journey both as the survivor and the daughter of one.

As a breast cancer survivor and podcaster, Tina shares her inspirational journey through breast cancer with episodes on diagnosis, chemo, radiation and life after cancer with her inspirational podcasts DJ Breast Cancer. As a 5-year cancer survivor, Tina describes the challenges and beauty from a diagnosis.

Tina has lived the breast cancer journey both as the survivor and the daughter of one. Tina knows both sides of the story. She has been the ears that have heard, the eyes that have watched and the hand holder. She too has been the body that has been sick, weak and worn. Her soul has come forward with unyielding optimism about her own future and that of her fellow survivors. Through her experiences, those affected by breast cancer will find inspiration that they too can hope for a promising future that will wipe away the pain of the past, replacing it with joy and gratitude.

You can listen to Tina’s podcasts by clicking here

Stefani Yudasz, NP, is a board certified women’s health advanced practice provider. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University followed by her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She is pleased to bring advanced experience in breast health and high risk management to Parkview Health. She is licensed by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and received her board certification through the National Certification Corporation. Stefani also holds a faculty position at Vanderbilt University in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

In addition, Stefani manages the high risk breast clinic at the Parkview Cancer Institute which specializes in the care of women and men who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer.

Rebecca Nelson is a licensed genetic counselor in the state of Indiana and is certified through the America Board of Genetic Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Bucknell University in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania and her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Rebecca began her career at Parkview Health in 2014, as a prenatal and cancer genetic counselor, but after seeing the growing need in the oncology field, transitioned to cancer full time. Rebecca is currently the lead genetic counselor at the Parkview Cancer Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she educates
and manages individuals with hereditary cancer risks.

Additionally, Rebecca serves as the secretary for the Indiana Network for Genetic Counselors and is a weekly volunteer at GiGi’s Playhouse, Fort Wayne’s Down Syndrome achievement center.

If you haven’t yet confirmed your intent to attend the Oct. 11 event, email Marita Dwight-Smith at marita.dwight@parkview.com or contact her at 260.249.0154.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Donna Packnett to Speak at 15th annual "Lunch with Friends"

Donna Packnett is a breast cancer survivor, and champion of cancer patients and fellow cancer survivors. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at the age of 54, Donna underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Through the ups and downs on her journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor, she learned the importance of breast cancer awareness and patient advocacy.

Donna is also a committed community volunteer and philanthropist. She currently serves on several committees including Rhinestone Rodeo for Ronald McDonald House, Ivy Tech’s Reason to Taste, Women’s Philanthropy Groups for Healthier Moms and Babies, as well as Band Together and Christmas Families for TROY School. Recently, Donna was chosen as the artist for the Parkview Cancer Institute’s annual t-shirt design, which serves as a fundraiser for the Parkview Foundation, supporting the Transformative Cancer Care Fund.

Natives of Oklahoma, Donna and her husband, Mike, have lived in northeast Indiana for 13 years. They have two daughters, Kristin and Kelli. Together as a family, they stay active serving alongside those making strides for cancer and creating opportunity for Fort Wayne and surrounding communities. 

The annual “Lunch with Friends” is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

If you haven’t yet confirmed your intent to be a guest, Table Captain, Bosom Buddy, Corporate Table host, or Sponsor for this year’s event on Oct. 11, email Marita Dwight-Smith at marita.dwight@parkview.com or contact her at 260.249.0154 today!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

An Open Letter to All "Bosom Buddies"!


Aug. 22, 2019

Dear Friends,

THANKS TO YOU as a Bosom Buddy, along with the generosity of many sponsors and other donors, Francine’s Friends continues to bring potentially lifesaving screening mammography to women in our community. Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment care can be started earlier. It also means a woman’s chances of survival are higher. Together, we have raised more than $1.900 million from our annual October fundraisers (from 2005-2018) to fund mammography screenings and over $2 million in overall funds raised since our inception, including the funding of over 15,000 mammograms.

The Francine’s Friends coach has visited more than 2,900 unique community, business sites and clinics in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in northeast Indiana. More than 44,000 women have received screening mammography services on the coach and over 11,487 women received their first screening mammogram on the coach.

Early detection is the best weapon in the fight against cancer and finding breast cancer in its earliest stages increases the survival rate to an astounding 95%! Screening mammography continues to be the best tool we have to detect breast cancer early. For over a decade, we have been able to provide screening mammography to women who might not have access due to lack of insurance or transportation. This September, the coach will upgrade from 2D digital mammography to 3D! We are so excited to bring the latest technology to our community.

As a Bosom Buddy, you gift of $1,000 will enable us to continue bringing Francine’s Friend to those women who are unable to receive screening mammography for whatever reason. Every Bosom Buddy will be recognized at our October event and receive a special gift of thanks. We need YOUR help so we are able to continue to provide the screenings for women in northeast Indiana.

Please mark your calendar for the 15th annual “Lunch with Friends” scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Registration begins at 11:00 p.m. and the program is from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Sincerely,

Marita Dwight-Smith, BAM, RT(R)(M) ARRT
director, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography
Office: 260.266.6216   Cell: 260.249.0154
marita.dwight@parkview.com

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Annual "Lunch with Friends" is Oct. 11!


It's official — the Annual "Lunch with Friends"
is Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Convention Center.

Still interested in being a sponsor or corporate table? We have you covered. Haven't lined up all of your table guests? We can help! Interested in being a table captain this year instead of a guest? We'll drop off your table captain packets!

2019 Table Captains, sponsor representatives, and honored guests recently joined Marita Dwight-Smith and Fort Wayne’s NBC co-anchor Linda Jackson on Aug. 7 for two exciting announcements and a sneak peek as to what's coming for everyone who attends the Annual "Lunch with Friends" event in early October.

Click here to view photos on Facebook from the Kick-off Luncheon.

"At year 15, Francine’s Friends continues to make a difference in the lives of women in our area, providing screening mammograms to those who might not have access due to lack of insurance, funds, transportation or other barriers," Marita Dwight-Smith, director of Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography, told guests. "The true success of the program lies in the countless donors and sponsoring organizations in our community. You are helping women in northeast Indiana receive life-saving mammography services. Thank you for your generosity and support!"

If you’re a table captain or sponsor, remember to secure your table seats of 10 by Sept. 13 and mail the table captain reservation card with your guests’ names, e-mail addresses, vegetarian option, and checks for $75.00. Checks should be made payable to “Francine’s Friends, Inc.” and mailed to: Francine’s Friends, Inc., c/o Parkview Foundation 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

For more information on sponsorship or becoming a table captain, please contact: 
Marita Dwight-Smith, BAM, RT(R)(M) ARRT
Director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography
marita.dwight@parkview.com
Office:  260.266.6216
Cell:  260.249.0154

Join us as we honor breast cancer survivors and raise funds for mammograms! And don't forget — the "Lunch with Friends" RSVP date is Sept. 13. See you in October!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Kickstands up! 2019 Ride for a Cause Aug. 3

Ride for a Cause is an annual fight breast cancer ride that takes place every August and is hosted by Brandt’s Harley-Davidson Wabash.  “We are proud to announce that we are celebrating our 7th year in 2019!” said Toni Metzger, event organizer. “Our riders are some of the most generous people on the planet, and we are so happy with how much money has been raised through donations, our auction, our sponsors and our communities.”

This year’s ride takes place on Aug. 3 with kickstands up at 11:30 am. The $20 donation per person includes a t-shirt, the ride and the dinner and auction to follow. Registration opens at 9am. The ride leaves from Brandt’s Harley-Davidson in Wabash and this year’s ride stops include The Bulldog in Mentone, The Inn in North Manchester, and Scotty’s Bar, Wabash.

Donations are raised thru:
• Rider registrations
• Shirt sponsorship(s)
• Auction of merchandise donated
• Miscellaneous donations

The event has raised $94,000 total in the first six years of the ride’s creation. 100% of all money raised goes to non-profit organizations that focus on fighting breast cancer, including the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography program.

“This is truly one of our favorite third-party events,” said Marita Dwight-Smith, director, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography.

For more information, please contact:
Toni Metzger / Ride for a Cause information / 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio
Cell:  (260) 571-8142 or click here to go to an email contact form.

Click here to donate, order online, or pre-register

Click here to visit the official Facebook page 

Click here to visit the official website

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Kick-Off Luncheon Planned for Aug. 7!

Calling all 2019 Francine’s Friends Table Captains, Bosom Buddies, Corporate Tables and Sponsors!

It is time again to prepare for the annual Francine’s Friends “Lunch with Friends”!  At year 15, Francine’s Friends continues to make a difference in the lives of women in our area, providing screening mammograms to those who might  not have access due to lack of insurance, funds, transportation or other barriers.

The true success of the program lies in the countless donors and sponsoring organizations in our community.

The annual “Lunch with Friends” is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Our pre-event, Kick-Off Luncheon for all CONFIRMED Table Captains, Bosom Buddies, Corporate Table and Sponsor Representatives will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at The Parkview Mirro Event and Conference Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; with the luncheon to follow from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

We are VERY excited about this year’s event!  There will be some fun surprises, and our Aug. 7 guests will experience an exclusive “table captains only” reveal regarding our Oct. 11 event!

If you haven’t yet confirmed your intent to be a Table Captain, Bosom Buddy, Corporate Table host, or Sponsor for this year’s event on Oct. 11, please CLICK HERE to send a a confirmation email to Marita Dwight-Smith or contact her at 260.249.0154 so we may include you in updates going forward and have your invitation packet ready on Aug. 7.

Remember to RSVP by July 26 for the Aug. 7 Kick-Off Luncheon — we are in great hope that you will consider being involved again this year! And be sure to SAVE THE DATE for Oct. 11, 2019 annual "Lunch with Friends".

THANK YOU for your continued support and for helping to provide potentially life-saving screenings for women in our community! Without you and other donors, this program could not be possible. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

2019 Glo’s Wine, Women + Wellness ANNUAL BASH

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW for this year's annual Glo BASH! Grab your gal pals and join Glo Magazine for a summer afternoon of celebration. Enjoy great food, fun music, fashion shows, giveaways, excellent wine and fantastic friendship—and some new surprise treats this year.

“We love this event and can’t wait to attend!” said Marita Dwight-Smith, Director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. As one of the five nonprofit partners with Glo Magazine, Francine’s Friends will again have a table with information for attendees to learn more about its mission of early detection and the importance of screening mammography.

2019 Glo’s Wine, Women + Wellness ANNUAL BASH
Thursday, August 1
3pm to 7pm
Country Heritage Winery, LaOtto


•    Free tote full of goodies for first 500 attendees
•    Free food from The Charles
•    Music
•    Vendors
•    Wine
•    Fashion Show
•    Health information
•    TONS of raffle giveaways
•    And so much more…

The event is free to attend, but tickets are required and available in the July and August issues of Glo magazine, or at the registration table the day of the event. More details to come - and you can learn more by following Glo on Facebook - but set the date on your calendars, ladies!  See you there!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2019 Cookin' Men a Smashing Success!

Cookin' Men 2019 was a smashing success due to more than 1,400 guests, an entertaining chef competition, an incredible silent auction, generous sponsors, and heartwarming laughter that could be heard throughout the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The 16th Annual Parkview Foundation Cookin’ Men, presented by Fifth Third Bank, continues to raise much-needed funds in support of women’s health in our community. Through our donor’s generosity, $192,000 was raised to help Francine’s Friends fight the battle against breast cancer! The gifts of healing and comfort our donors provided are making a difference for countless women in our community regardless of their access to insurance or ability to pay.

Click here to view Parkview Health album on Facebook
Click here to view Francine's Friends album on Facebook

These gifts will help ensure that Francine’s Friends will continue to provide mammograms and proper follow-up services women need such as early detection, prevention, screening and management plans to fight breast cancer. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to continue the wonderful Cookin’ Men tradition of food, fun and philanthropy and supporting Francine's Friends through this event this year. Your generosity heals!

Mark your calendar and save the date - please join us in 2020 as we celebrate 17 years of Cookin’ Men on Saturday, April 18 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Click here to learn more.

Friday, May 3, 2019

State Farm "Quotes for Good" Selects Francine's Friends as May Recipient


https://www.moringsf.com/

Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography is excited to be sponsored by a local State Farm agent as this month’s Quotes for Good organization.

Quotes for Good is a corporate State Farm campaign that encourages local agents to get involved in their communities and support great causes.

This May, for every person Francine’s Friends refers and who completes an auto, fire, life, or health quote, local State Farm agent Chris Moring will make a $10 donation to Francine’s Friends.

“My team and I are excited to help support our community!” said Chris Moring, State Farm® Insurance Agent, Moring Insurance Agency Inc. “We’re looking forward to giving back through Quotes for Good donations to Francine’s Friends for the month of May. We are excited about the opportunity to generate donations and create awareness about the importance of early detection and women’s breast health. Please share this opportunity and help us spread the word!”

For the quote to qualify, the individual can be a new customer or a current State Farm customer, but the quote must be for a product line the individual does not currently have with State Farm.

To request a quote, visit www.moringsf.com to complete the quote request online. Simply select the type of quote you’re interested in from the pull-down “Get A Quote” box on the upper right hand side of the home page and then enter your zip code.

You may also contact Chris via email (chris@moringsf.com), by phone (260-490-8553) or stop by her office located at 10351 Dawson’s Creek Blvd, Building 4 Ste. A, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

Be sure to mention Quotes for Good and Francine’s Friends for the quote to qualify.

Remember - help spread the word - follow Chris on social media too:
Facebook: Christine Moring State Farm Agency
Twitter: @MoringChris
LinkedIn: Christine Moring

Calling all FRIENDS - please share and tell YOUR friends about the Quotes for Good initiative and how it will benefit Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2019 Cookin’ Men Silent Auction Sneak Preview!

Here’s a sneak peek of the 2019 Cookin’ Men silent auction, plus the ability to pre-register for the auction, and the opportunity to bid early (starting TODAY!) by clicking here.

Bidding can be completed using any smart phone or laptop. Laptops and volunteers will also be available at the event to help our guests register and bid. Please note that items will be available for bidding until the day of the event, so be sure to check back and bid often!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday, April 27th at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for the 16th Annual Cookin’ Men. Thank you for purchasing your tickets in support of women’s breast health initiatives in your community through Francine’s Friends. Your generosity has resulted in a sold out event and with your attendance, you ensure women like Polly (click here for related story) receive the mammograms and proper follow-up services they deserve and need.

Francine’s Friends has been able to perform 15,612 mammograms, afford over 11,000 first-screen mammograms and provide diagnostic services to more than 43,900 women since it began serving the community in 2005.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Meet Polly...

It had been approximately four years since Polly Workman, an employee at Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI), had a mammogram. In the past, she had her mammogram through Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography program and the results came back clear. Plus, with planning her upcoming wedding, it was not exactly in the front of her mind. Thankfully, Parkview and Francine’s Friends were there and ready to help when she needed it.

In 2018, Polly found herself once again coming to Francine’s Friends for a 3D mammogram. Only this time her results were much different. She was diagnosed with breast cancer that day — nearly three months before she would walk down the aisle to her now husband.

“I had invasive lumpectomy surgery to attempt to remove the cancer and some lymph nodes. This surgery was three weeks before I was supposed to put on my wedding dress and get married,” she continued – sounding almost surprised at what she has conquered even today.

Along with the surgeries, Polly would undergo 20 radiation treatments. Even with a family history of breast cancer the news was still crippling.

“Francine’s Friends were beyond amazing. While they offer great services and assistance for those in need of financial support – I went to Francine’s Friends because they were convenient, helpful, caring, and ready to fight this battle with me,” she expressed.

Polly married her husband on April 28, 2018 and received her final radiation treatment at Parkview’s Cancer Center on June 19 of that same year. Thanks to your generosity and valued support of Francine’s Friends, not only is Polly enjoying time with her husband and family today,

Monday, April 1, 2019

Meet This Year’s Cookin’ Men!

Cookin’ Men 2019 will feature more than 105 local chefs from throughout the community serving up their specialties to benefit Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography program and their committed fight against breast cancer. Your generosity through attending this event will ensure area women receive the mammograms and proper follow-up services they deserve and need.

Take a look!

General admission tickets are $65 in advance and VIP tickets are $150. Find out more at Parkview.com/CookinMen or click here to register or purchase tickets today!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tell Your Taste Buds: Cookin’ Men Tickets are on Sale!


VIP tickets, general admission tickets, and table reservation for Parkview Foundation’s 16th Annual Cookin’ Men are available for purchase at Parkview.com/CookinMen! Presented by Fifth Third Bank, the event will take place on Saturday, April 27 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Don’t wait— VIP and general admission tickets are going quickly! When you register for VIP tickets, you and your guests will enjoy decadent treats, drinks, and great conversation from 6-7:00pm. Doors will open for general admission at 7:00pm. General admission tickets are $65 in advance and VIP tickets are $150.

Please join us in 2019 as we celebrate 16 years of Cookin' Men tradition on Saturday, April 27. Because of earlier detection and improved treatment, death rates for women with breast cancer have steadily declined since 1990. As we all know, screening mammography can save lives. Breast cancer detected in its earliest stage increases the survival rate to 95 percent. Because of this, the Parkview Foundation is dedicating the 16th annual Cookin’ Men event to raise funds for Francine’s Friends mobile mammography program. Please join us as we support early detection, prevention, screening and management plans to fight breast cancer. Additionally, your support will focus on personalized approaches and improved care for those in need. In other words, we’re working to save lives and we need your support to make that happen.

Click here to register today!

For questions about Cookin’ Men, contact Kelli Kline at Kelli.Kline@parkview.com.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Kroger “Shares the Love” with Donations to Local Charities, Including Francine’s Friends

Kroger’s Central Division celebrated Valentine’s Day in Fort Wayne by donating $91,877 to five charities as part of its division-wide “Share the Love” event. Chris Gomez of Kroger’s Central Division presented checks to local nonprofits that exemplify the company’s own philanthropic goals, specifically Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative and Fight Cancer Days.

“Supporting these organizations, and others, is another way we at Kroger say thank you to our customers,” Gomez said. “These organizations demonstrate the kind of support in this area with services that might not over wise be available.”

“Francine’s Friends is so grateful to Kroger for all they do for our community,” enthused Marita Dwight-Smith, director, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program.  “Without this type of community support, we could not do what we do.”

The local charities included Community Harvest Food Bank, Love INC of Huntington County,  Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program.

The “Share the Love” celebration will continue as Kroger’s Central Division distributes more than $400,000 to nonprofits in five states. Last year, Kroger ranked in the top 20 of America’s largest donors by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, giving back $189 million to the communities it serves.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time to Get YOUR Indiana IBCAT License Plate!

Francine’s Friends is a 2019 recipient of a grant for breast cancer screening from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. (IBCAT). 

In 2019 alone, IBCAT granted $445,000 to 30 organizations dedicated to screening mammography and diagnostic programs. Services are available in nearly every Indiana county. In addition to screening/diagnostic services, IBCAT also funds Support Services grants for patients currently battling breast cancer. For assistance, visit www.breastcancerplate.org to find the program that is closest to you.

IBCAT receives funds through sales of breast cancer awareness special group recognition (SGR) license plates.  Each license plate sold generates a $25 donation to IBCAT. The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness SGR license plate can be purchased by visiting any Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branch, online, or on a Connect kiosk. 

“Thank you IBCAT for improving the health of women in our communities,” said Francine’s Friends director Marita Dwight-Smith. “Not only does this grant help in the detection and prevention of breast cancer, it’s imperative to the overall wellbeing of those who might otherwise not have access to this important procedure. IBCAT helps us fund screenings in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in northeast Indiana. We are so grateful for this support from IBCAT and for making a difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones,” she concluded.

Since the Breast Cancer Awareness special group recognition license plate was first made available in 2002, over $5 million has been distributed by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout Indiana for innovative projects for breast cancer screening, diagnostic and support services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana. In addition, over $560,000 has been awarded in scholarships to incoming and current college students who have lost a parent or who have a parent currently battling the disease.

The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and support services throughout Indiana. Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana breast cancer awareness special group recognition license plate by visiting any Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch, online at www.IN.gov/BMV, or on a Connect kiosk for an annual $40 fee, $25 of which is a direct tax-­deductible donation (to the extent of the law). The plate may be purchased for display on passenger motor vehicles, motorcycles, trucks with a declared gross weight of not more than 11,000 pounds, and recreational vehicles.

For more information on the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and the programs it funds, please visit www.breastcancerplate.org or call 866.724.2228.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Happy 2019 to our Friends!

The 14th Annual “Lunch with Friends” was a huge success — raising $99,992 to support the detection and prevention of breast cancer!

“Whatever form it takes, the many gifts and donations of generosity help heal. These kindnesses are profoundly felt by not only those who benefit from Francine’s Friends, but by each and every caregiver who has the privilege of providing care,” said Marita Dwight-Smith, director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program. "Thank you once again for making a difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones,”

Screening mammography continues to save lives. Breast cancer detected in its earliest stage increases the survival rate to 95 percent. “Through Francine’s Friends, your commitment to enabling women to be proactive in their healthcare has developed into a vital community resource.,” Dwight-Smith concluded.

Since its inception, Francine’s Friends has funded more than 14,500 mammograms, facilitated more than 11,000 first-screen mammograms and provided screening services to more than 41,000 women.

CLICK HERE to see photos from our October 2018 "Lunch with Friends"!

Please mark your calendars and save October 11, 2019  for the 15th Annual “Lunch with Friends”.

And, coming in April.....

The Parkview Foundation is dedicating the 16th Annual Cookin’ Men event to raise funds for the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography program! Please join us as we support early detection, prevention, screening and management plans to fight breast cancer. Additionally, your support will focus on personalized approaches and improved care for those in need. In other words, we’re working to save lives and we need your support to make that happen.

Parkview Cookin' Men — April 27, 2019
Venue: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Fort Wayne, IN
Contact: Kelli Kline
Email: Kelli.Kline@parkview.com
Phone: 260.266.7796

Please join us in 2019 as we celebrate 16 years of Cookin' Men tradition on Saturday, April 27. Because of earlier detection and improved treatment, death rates for women with breast cancer have steadily declined since 1990.

2018 was another sold out year for Cookin' Men, so you'll want to get your tickets early! CLICK HERE to give us your name and email address and we will send you an email notification in February when tickets go on sale for the 2019 Parkview Cookin’ Men event.