HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
October 2017 Newsletter
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Our 18th Annual Walk/Run event was held last Saturday, September 30. It was a beautiful day -- the weather was lovely, the participants were full of energy and fun, and our staff and volunteers inspired us with their teamwork. The greatest joy is seeing survivors with their friends and families, celebrating life and being embraced by our community. Everything went off without a hitch, and attendance was even higher than last year. We hope everyone had a great time. We definitely did!
The Community Expo and BBQ were especially fun and lively this year. We are so grateful to all the vendors and nonprofits who spent the day with us, and to Dutra Enterprises for providing a great lunch.
Thanks to you, our
and donors, our fundraising efforts have been very successful. Even before the Walk started, we reached our $15,000 milestone on CrowdRise. THAT IS AMAZING!!! We send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated and spread the word. A special thanks to those of you who set up your own fundraising profiles and rallied support from your networks.
And last but not least, a big thanks to East Bay Community Foundation for matching those online donations!
We will continue to raise funds on CrowdRise throughout October as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please consider a donation (every bit counts!) if you haven't already, and feel free to share this link through email and social media:
Your generosity is what keeps us going. We will be able to provide Hope, Empowerment, Renewal, and Support to more women as they recover from breast cancer treatment. Your donations support our program stores and enable us to provide bras, prostheses, lymphedema garments to survivors, regardless of their financial circumstances.
A Season of Change
Announcement about Executive Director transition
After a long, hot summer it seems that Fall is finally here. As the seasons change, sometimes life does too. Our esteemed Executive Director, Vera Packard, has accepted a great new position at Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Her last day at HERS Cancer Foundation was
October 4. We are so grateful to her for her many years of devoted service to HERS, our clients, and the community. At Lazarex, she will continue the important
work of helping cancer patients and their families, and we wish her all the best in her new endeavor.
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation faces this change with
a positive outlook and strong support. Vera's leadership and hard work has put the organization in very good financial and operational shape. The staff and volunteers are committed, compassionate, and highly competent. The board is comprised of talented professionals who are dedicated to the organization's mission and vision, as well as to keeping all programs and services running smoothly. We have been planning the transition, and have begun searching for a new Executive Director. In the meantime, necessary contingency measures have been implemented. The board will actively oversee and support the staff and services throughout the transition.
We'll keep our community of clients and supporters up to date on any developments through this newsletter and our Facebook page. If you have any questions, please email:
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in joining the board or learning more about the ED position, please email us at the address above.
Please join us in wishing Vera well and thanking her for her leadership, hard work, compassion, and commitment to building happier and healthier communities.
A Message from Vera
This is a bittersweet moment for me, but life is a journey and I will now write a new chapter in my life. It has been amazing ride of nine years. I close this chapter with joy for the wonderful experiences lived, pride for the accomplishments we were able to make and with immense gratitude for the people I met and the lessons I learned. I hope I have done my job well in setting up HERS for continued success. As I said to many people this past month as I closed my activities at HERS, we built a one-story house with a solid foundation and now the new ED can feel confident to build the second floor.
The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation will always have a special place in my heart and I will keep watching its progress and evolution. I didn't establish this organization -- thanks to Tricia McMahon for her founding work 19 years ago -- but I feel like a stepmother that has raised someone else's child and now watches as she goes off to college.
My deepest gratitude to the HERS family, board, staff, donors, and volunteers that accepted me with open arms nine years ago and allowed me to lead this organization to growth and expansion.
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow" (Melody Beattie). With this feeling in my heart I am confident that HERS Breast Cancer Foundation will continue to deliver its mission
to the clients with compassion, efficiency and respect for many years to come.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Events and Promotions to Benefit HERS
It's going to be a fun and busy month around here! We are very lucky to have such an active and generous group of businesses, schools, and individuals hosting events and promotions that will raise funds for our programs and services. Please join us and these great people in celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October. Take good care of yourselves and your health!
All month -- Special Drink, portion of proceeds to HERS
Private event 10/30 portion of proceeds to HERS
Proceeds from 10/7 auction donated to HERS
10/28 HERS will be there. Featuring a Breast Cancer bracelet.
Percentage of bracelet sales all month go to HERS
Portion of tickets sales sold through special code goes to HERS
To Purchase Tickets, visit www.calbears.com/code & enter
HERSBCF2017. Tickets are $37 (face value $75)
Team District 10's 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show, 12-5pm,
6430 Thornton Avenue (Newark Pavilion)
$25 per vehicle entry, General Admission is free. Profits donated to HERS.
Fremont Firefighters Local 1689 have designed new shirts and they are available for purchase at Fire Station 6 on 4355 Central Ave during normal business. All proceeds benefit HERS.
Fremont Officers and staff will be wearing pink patches and pins in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are very excited to be participating in the Pink Patch Project. Proceeds from patch sales benefit HERS.
, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto
10% of any sales that day donated to HERS. We will be there 2-4, but please shop all day. Gorgeous gifts!
Proceeds from community classes at this facility and sales of gift basket raffle tickets ($10 online/on site) will benefit HERS.
20% of proceeds of every Neon Pink Bullet bottle sold in October will go to HERS
Pac West hosts a party and online donation page honoring a team parent and coach who passed away from breast cancer. Participants in Tumble-for-a-Cure raise pledges for Cartwheel-a-thon and Forward-roll-a-thon events.
Students are selling t-shirts with a special BCAM logo to benefit HERS
Special thanks to additional BCAM donors and hosts:
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
Fremont * Pleasanton
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