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."
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.