HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
July 2018 Newsletter

In the Heart of Summer

19th Annual HERS Walk/Run
Ready, Set, Go!!

Make your way to the starting line! It's time for our annual race-or-ramble, community gathering, celebration of life, and fundraiser! Join us Saturday, September 29, 2018 for our annual 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont. 

Gather a team! We love it when families, work groups, and friendship circles show up in matching shirts, costumes, wings, silly hats, or whatever shows your special team spirit. You can set up a CrowdRise fundraising page together and get your network excited about supporting breast cancer survivors and HERS! 

Group registration discounts are available! Please email Kandee at our race vendor, On Your Mark Events, to get your discount code for $5 off each adult registration (groups only).

We highly encourage individual participants set up their own fundraising page. 

CrowdRise makes it easy to fundraise!

Don't forget to .... REGISTER ONLINE!


We're so grateful to our Walk/Run Event Committee! They're working hard to make this year's event a success! 

NEW this year: Xtrim Bollywood of Fremont will provide a fun and energetic Bollywood-style dance warm up and we'll also have a post-race yoga cool down led by HERS Board Member Anjali Rao.

Many thanks to our sponsors to date:
  • Platinum Sponsor:  Fremont Bank Foundation
  • Gold Sponsor:  Stanford Health Care, Craig Steckler
  • Silver Sponsors:  Lions Club of Union City, Republic Services, Robson Homes LLC, Chapel of the Angels/Berge Pappas Smith, FAME (Fremont Association of Management Professionals), Cloverleaf Bowl of Fremont, Fremont Elks Lodge #2121
  • Ruby Sponsors: PetersenDean, Inc.
  • Timing Sponsor: Premier Nissan of Fremont
  • Parking Sponsor: Premier Subaru of Fremont
  • Media Sponsor:  Tri-City Voice
  • Lunch Sponsor:  Dutra Enterprises, Inc.
  • Dove Release: Jim Dempsey
Interested in sponsoring the event 
or having a booth at our Community Health Expo? 
Check out our event page:
or call Tina at (510) 790-1911


Are yo u new to this great event? We'll have lots more details for you in the coming weeks, but here's the scene:

We begin w ith an inspiring and soulful Opening Ceremony to honor the survivors celebrating with us that day, as well as those we've lost.

Then th e runners hit the trail! The 5K and 10K races are timed by On Your Mark Events, a professional race timing company. Awards for top 3 runners in each race/age group.

Next come the walkers, rollers, and strollers, an enthusiastic group that includes participants of all ages and abilities out to have some fun and raise awareness, community spirit, and funds in support of survivors.

Following the walking and running, participants enjoy a BBQ lunch in the picnic pavilion. Last but not least, our Community Expo features vendors, nonprofits, and healthcare organizations sharing about their services and giving away food, samples, and services.

Every dollar we raise at this event allows us to continue serving our clients healing from breast cancer! We encourage everyone to create a donation page and help us raise much needed funds.  

We are thrilled to announce that East Bay Community Foundation will match Crowdrise online donations, up to $20,000!!! Make your donations go further and help raise even more money for HERS Breast Cancer Foundation.

Please check the HERS web site  and this newsletter for Walk/Run updates!

Bra Sale

We're hosting a major bra sale through July 31st!!
20% off all in-stock bras at both our Fremont and Pleasanton Program Stores. For more info, call (510) 790-1911.

No special orders, please, and all sales are final.  Excluded from our sale: prostheses and accessories.

Fun Fundraisers Coming Up!

A big HERS thank you to Fremont businesses The Counter, MOD Pizza, and Chipotle for recently hosting Community Fundraisers to benefit HERS.

Twilight Tasting
August 2, 4:30-8:00 pm
Page Mill Winery, Livermore

We've been invited back for another Twilight Tasting at Livermore's beautiful Page Mill Winery. Between 4:30 and 8 pm, all $10 tasting fees and 10% of wine sales will be donated to HERS. Light refreshments will be served and HERS staff and friends will be on site to greet you. 

PLUS we'll once again feature an amazing raffle with winners announced at 8 pm that evening.


Fremont Festival of Arts
HERS Booth at Business Marketplace
August 4, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thanks to the City of Fremont Chamber of Commerce, HERS will have a booth at this year's Fremont Festival of the Arts Business Marketplace. We'll be there from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, August 4th only. 

Stop by, say hello and hear about what's new at HERS. We'll have giveaways and will also have a free raffle. The winner will be notified by phone August 6th; prize must be picked up at our Fremont Program Store.

The Buzz on our Busy Bees

HERS at Impact Club
HERS was voted to speak at the Union City Impact Club's summer meeting on July 11 th . The Impact Club is part of a national organization that meets quarterly. Members each donate $100 per meeting, listen to three local nonprofit presentations, then vote for the organization that has made the biggest impression. With 50 members, the Union City branch currently donates $5,000 per quarter. HERS was in good company, presenting along with FESCO of Hayward and Fremont's Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation.

Annette Lewellyn, HERS Director of Programs, shared our mission, community impact, and outlined how one of our patients benefited from all three of our assistance programs. Annette's presentation was amazing. The majority of club members voted for FESCO of Hayward. Congratulations to them! 

To find out more about the Union City Impact Club, visit https://impactclub.com/clubs/union-city-ca/ . HERS will be eligible to present again in January 2019.


Breast Care Specialist Training in Atlanta

Breast Care Specialists Annette and Debra were invited by American Breast Care to attend custom prosthetics training in Atlanta, GA! Their intensive 2-day visit included lectures and hands-on experience in measurement and scanning techniques.

Custom prostheses can be particularly helpful for patients who have had radical or modified radical mastectomy surgery. Custom prostheses are available now. For more information, call Annette at (510) 790-1911.



This year's extra special Ghost House, hosted by the Candlelighters of Fremont, will benefit several local nonprofits, including HERS Breast Cancer Foundation. Our grant request for new waiting room chairs, among other items, was approved! The Ghost House will be open in October. 

Hours and more details can be found on their website: http://candlelighters.com/.  Many thanks to the wonderful folks of Candlelighters. 

Grant News

HERS is grateful to Mean Well USA, Inc. of Fremont for its recurring donation of $500 per month for a total of $3,000.

Niles Rotary and its generous members approved a $3,000 grant in support of our Lymphedema Project. Thank you for your dedicated support. 

June Raffle

Our friend, Pat, won one of two beautiful succulents donated by breast cancer survivor Lien C. Pat was thrilled! 

Many thanks to Lien for giving back to others in such a loving way.

Breast Cancer Advocacy and Education: DiepC Foundation

Terri Coutee is founder and director of the nonprofit organization DiepCFoundation.org.  After a second breast cancer diagnosis and successful DIEP flap breast reconstruction she continues her profession as a long-time educator and now works a patient advocate for all options of breast reconstruction. She attends medical conferences, educates the public through speaking engagements and events, and travels to make educational videos on topics for breast cancer and breast reconstruction patients. 

Terri's reaches across the globe through her WordPress blog, to those who want to know about the first-hand experience of a patient who has survived breast cancer twice and gone through successful breast reconstruction. She utilizes social media on a global scale to maximize her outreach to educate those in need of information about all options for breast reconstruction.

Recently, Terri sat down with Dr. Rishi Sawhney, HERS board member and Medical Director & Chair of the Stanford Health Care ValleyCare Cancer program. They talked for hours about the state of breast cancer treatment and reconstruction. Terri also visited our Fremont store and discussed patient care and advocacy with HERS staff. They made some excellent videos that will help Terri educate her followers about post-surgical garments and HERS services. These videos are a wonderful way to spread the word about HERS to your friends and family.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation Services
Introduction to post-surgical garments with Breast Care Specialist Annette Lewellyn and Terri Coutee

Quick tour of HERS store and services
Annette gives a tour of HERS store and services with Kirstin Litz, board member

You can find Terri on these social media venues:

Twitter:  @6state
Instagram:  DiepCFoundation
Facebook:  DiepCFoundation
YouTube:  DiepC Foundation
National Breast Cancer Foundation

We received 500 beautiful Hope Kits from this nonprofit based in Frisco, Texas. Each kit contains socks, an insulated mug, lip balm, notebook, a handwritten note of encouragement, and many other delightful items designed to help patients feel loved. 

Many thanks to Lauren Dooley and the team at National Breast Cancer Foundation for their generosity. We'll distribute the kits to our patients in need.

Find out more about NBCF at:


HERS is currently seeking a volunteer (6+ hours/week) to provide Development/Fundraising support. 
Event planning and grant writing experience is a plus, 
but we can provide training. We're a fun crew to work with! 
For details, contact Executive Director Tina Fernandez-Stecker at

The HERS Staff would like to take this opportunity to give a big


They keep us running in shipshape by helping us with outreach, store management, events, fundraising, and so much more. 
We couldn't do it all without you.
Thank you so much!
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HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

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