Late last week Laura Lemings of the LaGrange County Community Foundation presented a check for $550 to Rob Myers, president of Parkview LaGrange Hospital, and Debi Kennedy, community outreach coordinator of the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center. The donation will help to cover the cost of screening mammograms through Francine’s Friends for women who might otherwise have put their mammogram off because of financial constraints.
Each February the LaGrange County Community Foundation holds its “Circle of Love” campaign. For a gift of $5 or more, the “Circle of Love” sends a valentine to the person of the donor’s choice, letting them know a gift has been made in his or her honor.
“We truly appreciate the ‘Circle of Love’s’ continuing support. Since the annual campaign first began, Francine’s Friends has received over $5,000,” said Kennedy. “Nearly 40 women have been able to get a screening mammogram, thanks to the ‘Circle’s’ continuing support.”
“Francine’s Friends has been a natural fit for the monies raised through ‘Circle of Love’ valentines,” said Lemings. “What better opportunity to provide loved ones a valentine with a lasting impact than helping to remove a financial barrier to a test that can save a woman’s life.”
Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography program serves a 12-county area in Northeastern Indiana. “Through donations like this one,” continued Kennedy, “women who have no insurance, a high deductible, or are without the financial resources needed, are able to receive an annual mammogram, making it more likely to identify a problem early, when treatment is most effective.”