HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
June 2018 Newsletter

Summertime News

19th Annual HERS Walk/Run
Lace 'em up!

It's time to blaze a trail 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!

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

CrowdRise makes it easy to fundraise!

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

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

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

Then the 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.

Are you interested in sponsoring this event? In exchange, we will promote your organization in event materials and signage. See our 2018 Sponsorship Brochure for more information. You'll be in good company -- we are so grateful to our loyal and generous supporters!! Please contact ED Tina Fernandez Steckler
at TinaF@HERSBreastCancerFoundation.org or 510.790.1911. 

Want a booth at the Community Expo? Please contact Kirstin Litz, HERS Board Member, at  kirstin@hersbreastcancerfoundation.org.

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

Generosity is like the sun -- 
it warms the heart and  makes good things  grow.

Lien, a friend of HERS and a three-time breast cancer survivor, has a passion for gardening. She con tributed three of her stylish succulent 
arrangements to the Fremont store. We used them as prizes in a free raffle - we'll be doing this throughout the year as a fun bonus for our clients. The lucky winners are enj oying the beautiful plants now. Thanks Lien!


Tricia McMahon cofounded  HERS twenty years ago. We were so happy she was able to  joi n us at PWP to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. She donate d a stack of her books (signed, of course!) for us to sell at the Fremont store. The books are $20 each; proceeds will benefit our charitable programs. Thank you, Tricia!

Fremont Rotary gave us a $1,000 donation on June 18. Thank you to President John Rehnberg and his fellow Rotarians!

Many thinks to Jill Tamaru and staff member Sophie of PetersenDean. They donated $1,500 in support of People with Purpose.

Tri-Valley SOCKs, a longtime supporter of HERS, gave us a $15,000 grant. The generous donation was presented at their "Hand Over the Goods" reception hosted at the home of Dina Pann in Pleasanton. Kudos and gratitude to this organization for all they do to support cancer survivors. 

Pleasanton North Rotary gave us a $2,0 00 grant on June 15th to fund the Lymphedema Project at our ValleyCare store. Many thanks to President Gina Piper and her fellow Rotarians for helping HERS provide garments that ease the pain of lymphedema.

From the bottom of our HERS hearts, thank you to all our generous supporters!

Staff Stories

This team does not slow down in the summer!

Nancy Githoitho from Limau Cancer Connection in Kenya and her father John brought us a gift of appreciation --   a beautiful basket woven by breast cancer survivors in Nigeria. HERS donated surplus bras and prostheses (originally donated to HERS) to this great organization. We love making friends from around the world!


Jenna Suffle, one of our beloved Hair with Care stylists, brought a very different kind of gift! Join us in welcoming her precious new bundle. Congratulations and best wishes to Jenna and family. 

Pam Condy, our vivacious Breast Care Specialist, has been busy doing outreach in the community. On May 3, she  represented HERS at Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's 33rd Annual Golf Tournament at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. She even got her picture in Fremont's local newspaper, the Tri-City Voice.

Pam also enjoyed meeting supporters and sharing her love of HERS at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce event on June 13 at beautiful Wente Winery.

The staff installed our beautiful 20th Anniversary quilt, featuring past logos, fundraisers, and other memories, at the HERS store at Stanford Health Care ValleyCare in Pleasanton. 

Come by and visit! The Pleasanton store is a lovely place to shop and be helped with specialty garment fittings by our compassionate (and certified) Breast Care Specialists. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-5

5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. Suite 270
Pleasanton, CA 94588-4054
Phone: 925-416-6738

Quilt made by Sonia at KeSon Designs in Aptos. Thanks to Nancy Little for her assistance in making this happen!

July Fundraisers 
It's too hot to cook, anyway!

(Mowry Ave, Fremont) 
Tuesday, July 17, 5-9 pm 
We need 300 people to eat on the 17th from 5-9 and bring this flyer (link above), per the minimum set by Chipotle. 
HERS would receive a significant donation if it is a successful fundraiser. Thank you!

Blaze Pizza 
(Pacific Commons, Fremont) 
Wednesday, July 18th, all day.
Portion of proceeds to benefit HERS.

A big thank-you to our supporters who attended The Counter (June 14th) and  MOD Pizza (June 20th) fundraisers in Fremont! Special thanks to Niles Rotarians for showing up at The Counter in a big, fun group!

 Photo credit: Niles Rotarian Cyndy Mozzetti 


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 Programs Director Annette Lewellyn 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!
~~ Save the Date ~~

People with Purpose: A Pink Tie Gala

Saturday, May 4

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

Fremont   *   Pleasanton

(510) 790-1911  

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