Valentines Support Free Mammogram Program in Whitley County

The key to surviving breast cancer is early diagnosis and mammograms are the best tools for early detection. This knowledge led the Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Whitley County, to start the Valentines for Life program in 2003.

Each year the organization offers $5 Valentines, anyone can order them and funds go towards free mammograms to Whitley County residents who may be uninsured or lack insurance to cover the cost of the life-saving screening. Certificates for free mammograms are offered in partnership with Parkview Whitley Hospital.

“The Valentines cost just $5 per person and the funds raised support local women and men who need the critical cancer screening.” said September McConnell, executive director of the Foundation. “The Foundation handles the printing, mailing and personalization for the cards. It is inexpensive and simple, yet it can provide a life-saving exam.”

All cards include a special message, plus it lets the recipient know a donation was made to the mammogram program in their honor. “It is a great way to let your family and friends know you are thinking of them. Last year we sent hundreds of Valentines to 24 states and Canada,” said McConnell.

Valentines may be purchased online by visiting the Community Foundation’s website at or by requesting a Valentines for Life form from the Foundation. All proceeds benefit the mammogram program and are tax-deductible. The deadline to submit your list of Valentine recipients is Friday, February 4, 2022. In addition to selling the Valentines, individuals can also make donations directly to the program through the Foundation.

If you or someone you know is unable to afford a cancer screening mammogram or if you would like more in information, contact the Community Foundation at 260-244-5224 or email:

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