About Us

After our friend, Francine Schubert, lost her battle with breast cancer, several of her friends met to find a way to not only honor Francine’s spirit and drive, but to provide life saving services to women in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area who might otherwise be unable to receive them. Our goal to establish a mobile mammography unit to serve the women in the area who are unable to access this important screening was reached in the fall of 2005. We had the support of our partners at Parkview’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center, Radiation Oncology Associates, Indiana Surgical Specialists, Physician’s Health Plan, The Lutheran Foundation, Women’s Health Advantage, United Way, and the over 400 women who attended our first fundraiser in October of 2005.


Once our dream became a reality, the real work began and continues to this day. 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. It helps us find breast cancer in its earliest stages and increase Indiana’s survivorship of this terrible disease.


OUR VISION:
To increase cancer screenings in Northeast Indiana by providing a highly accessible and visible community resource.

OUR MISSION:
To make early detection of breast cancer available to every woman in Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties.

OUR PURPOSE:
The purpose of Francine's Friends is to provide mobile mammography screening and follow-up services to every woman who might otherwise not have access.

OUR GOALS:
• To make early detection of breast cancer available to every woman in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area regardless of her ability to pay.

• To take mammography screening to areas where women have difficulty accessing healthcare.

• To increase the number of screening mammograms by being a highly accessible and visible community resource.

• To reduce breast cancer deaths through early detection.


2004-2005 Initial Founders and Funders:
Parkview Hospital Community Health Improvement Program
Radiation Oncology Associates
Indiana Surgical Specialists
Physicians Health Plan
Lutheran Foundation
United Way of Allen County
Community Initiative
English Bonter Mitchell Foundation
Bowker Foundation (Wells Fargo Bank)
Louis Schneider Foundation
Emley Design Group
National City Bank
Discretionary Trusts
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Jophiel
Waterfield Foundation

Rifkin Foundation
Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology
Midwest Pipe and Steel, Inc.
Baker & Daniels LLP
Rockin’ Docs MusicFest