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!