Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Francine's Friends Remembered as One of The Lutheran Foundation's 25 Stories

To celebrate its silver anniversary, The Lutheran Foundation is sharing 25 stories from its first 25 years — and Francine's Friends is one of them.

The website says "When our organization was first born, it grew out of a legacy of caring for the physical health needs of our community. In fact, the money that paved the way for The Lutheran Foundation came from the proceeds of the sale of the original Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne in 1995." 

"Our goal is to help everyone in the 10-county area that we serve to feel their best, in all aspects of their lives. We believe that should include spiritual, mental and physical wellness."

The story summary goes on to say:

2004 - Francine's Friends
"Francine’s Friends is a 40-foot mobile mammography unit that was the first of its kind in northeast Indiana, staffed by Parkview Regional Cancer Center and Breast Diagnostic Center and funded by The Lutheran Foundation and numerous community partners. This unusual concept came about through the friends of Francine Schubert, a beloved member of the community whose exuberance and commitment to important causes was an inspiration to many. After she succumbed to breast cancer, her friends determined to honor the passion she brought to everything she did by making mammograms readily available to women in the community, regardless of their ability to pay."

Read the entire story summary here.

Congratulations to The Lutheran Foundation in celebrating 25 years of community partnership, and for furthering its mission to educate, equip and provide resources for individuals who are struggling with spiritual, mental and physical wellness — looking up and seeing beyond.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Francine's Friends Receives $1,000 Donation from Fort Wayne Metro USBC Auction

The Fort Wayne Metro USBC recently held a gift basket auction and presented a check for $1,000 to Francine’s Friends at its annual meeting on Saturday, March 13, 2021.  

"The fight against breast cancer has been foremost in our minds for many years due to several board members experiencing this dreadful disease,” explained Christina D. Weaver, USBC Association Manager. "I hope in some way these funds that we donated will be of assistance to those in need.  We thank you for all the work that Parkview does to administer the Francine’s Friends Mammography Fund.” 

“Francine’s Friends is so grateful this donation,” said Marita Dwight-Smith, Director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. "Especially now, since so many are having financial difficulty due to COVID. This donation will go a long way toward allowing women in our community to receive a mammogram that otherwise would not be able to due to the loss of healthcare insurance and lack of affordably.”

The mission of Francine’s Friends is to make early detection of breast cancer available to every woman in Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties, regardless of their ability to pay.

Individual donations and annual events help raise funds to cover the health care services of the mobile mammography coach and the actual cost of providing mammograms.  These funds ensure Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography can continue to bring 3D mammography to where women are: area businesses, organizations, health fairs, and other sites across northeast Indiana. 

To learn more or to make a donate, visit