LAGRANGE — Earlier this month 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 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 five dollars 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,” Kennedy said. “Since the annual campaign first began, Francine’s Friends has received over $5,000. Nearly 40 women have been able to get a screening mammogram, thanks to the ‘Circle’s’ continuing support.”
According to Lemings, Francine’s Friends has been a natural fit for the money raised through “Circle of Love” valentines, which have save a woman’s life.
Francine’s Friends mobile mammography program serves a 12-county area in northeastern Indiana.
“Through donations like this one,” Kennedy said, “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.”