HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
ο»ΏJune 2021 | news & updates
Executive Director's Message
Hello, Friends!

Summer is nearly here and we're busier than ever, planning outreach events and fundraisers, and collaborating with community partners.This issue is chock-full of summer updates, fall fundraiser news and more, including a new Volunteer Spotlight section. I hope you enjoy reading it.

But first, a suggestion: if a friend forwarded this email to you, that's wonderful! To ensure you receive our news on time, though, please sign up for our newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/HERSNewsletterSignUp. We promise we won't crowd your in-box or share your personal information.

And one more thought: if you have news to share, or have questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you. Call (510) 790-1911 or send an email and we'll be in touch!
With gratitude,
Tina Fernandez Steckler
Executive Director
Row for a Cause - Saturday, June 19
Thanks to Pleasanton Row House owner Anishka P., HERS will benefit from a Row for a Cause fundraiser on Saturday, June 19 from 10:45 am to 11:30 am.

Your $25 registration fee will support HERS patients and you'll enjoy a 45-minute instructor-led group rowing fitness class PLUS you'll be automatically entered to win a raffle prize valued at $100!

HERS Team members will there, rowing and cheering you on! Let's do this!
photo credit: The Row House
People with Purpose 2021 -- Final Report
We are humbled by the generosity of our People with Purpose Pink Pajama Party sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Together we raised over $98,000 net!

The funds will benefit our Assistance Programs which provide post-surgical products, expert assessment and fitting services by our compassionate Breast Care Specialists, and financial assistance for patients whose insurance co-pays are financially burdensome.

To illustrate your donation impact, consider our patient "Reena," an under-insured bilateral mastectomy patient. People with Purpose funds will provide Reena and as many as 100 additional patients like her with specialty bras and breast forms that restore their sense of HERS -- Hope, Empowerment, Renewal, and Support.

If you have not yet donated or wish to give again, remember that the need is constant -- 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. With you by our side, HERS will continue to be "a soft place to fall" for patients impacted by this terrible disease.

You may donate securely online via PayPal or mail your contribution to:

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 130
Fremont, CA 94538

If you were unable to join our People with Purpose event or would like to view our recording, it's on YouTube; photos may be viewed on Iconic Lab's website. Enjoy!

Save the date for next year's People with Purpose: Saturday, May 14, 2022!

photo credit: Ramil Sumalpong/Iconic Lab
Grant News
To Celebrate Life

Receiving news of approved grants always fills our office with excitement and our hearts with gratitude so, naturally, we let out cheers when we learned that Marin-based nonprofit To Celebrate Life approved our request for Lymphedema Project funding.

The Foundation's members, donors, and volunteers are an incredibly gracious and generous team. We look forward each year to their site visit and are honored to be one of 17 Bay Area nonprofits to receive a grant this year.

Their $12,000 gift will provide under-served patients with compression gloves, gauntlets, and sleeves which will help alleviate the pain, swelling, and other symptoms of this physically and emotionally painful condition.

Find out more about To Celebrate Life at https://tocelebratelife.org/ and be sure to save the date for their premier fundraising event, Stepping Out Gala, which will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Details will be available soon on their website!
Tri-City Rotary Clinic

We let our more cheers when we learned that the Tri-City Rotary Clinic, a joint program of the Fremont, Newark, Union City area Rotary Clubs, notified us that they have pledged to provide $500 per month for one year in support of our Lymphedema Project!

The funds - a total of $6,000 -- will provide compression garments to under-served patients to alleviate the painful and disfiguring symptoms of lymphedema. Visit the Fremont Morning Rotary Club's Tri-City Clinic information page to find out more about their dedication to partnering with local community organizations that aid the health needs of the unhoused, domestic violence survivors, and other individuals in need.

And if you're curious about how Clinic raises funds, read about their "Hot Chili Pepper Challenge" here and here.

We are honored to be among the numerous Tri-Cities nonprofits to receive a Rotary Clinic grant.
Walk/Run/Yoga Fundraiser - September 25 & 26
Speaking of fundraisers, we have no time to rest! Our 22nd Annual Walk/Run/Yoga fundraiser is coming up quickly.

We'll share details very soon regarding this beloved annual community event.

For now, save the dates for this event: Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26, 2022.

Be on the lookout for event updates in our next newsletter and follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest on our 22nd Annual Walk/Run/Yoga Fundraiser.

Registration will open very soon on our event partner's website, It's Your Race.

photo credit: Ramil Sumalpong/Iconic Lab
Volunteer Spotlight
Our devoted volunteers never cease to amaze us! Whether they provide Board of Directors leadership, create comforting patient ChemoCare bags (Vicki Goss), cheerfully update our website (Lisa Stambaugh) or show up every week to help with administrative tasks (Bobbi, Cathy, and Lisa K.), our volunteers' kindness, generosity, and dedication uplift our patients and our team.

This "Volunteer Spotlight" is a new monthly feature to highlight the wonderful work of two volunteers. Please join us in giving a huge round of applause to...
Anjali Rao/Yoga Anjali

A member of the HERS Board since 2018, Anjali shows her love for HERS in many ways. She faithfully supports our Assistance Programs along with her husband and melds her passion as a yoga instructor with her hands-on HERS work, providing yoga instruction as a gentle option to walking or running at our annual 5k/10k Walk/Run event.

Anjali has also graciously shared her survivor story in our most recent informational video and thoughtfully shares her yoga class recordings with our team so we may practice much-needed self care. Anjali has also hosted fundraiser yoga classes and tirelessly advocates about our services. Thank you, Anjali!

Find out more about Anjali at https://www.yoganjali.me/

photo credit: Anjali Rao
Ramil Sumalpong/Iconic Lab Photography

Ramil is a professional photographer who has faithfully captured beautiful images at our spring and fall fundraising events since 2012. We have Ramil to thank for albums that capture poignant and jubilant moments such as a breast cancer survivor participating in Elaine's Circle or a HERS Award recipient being honored at our annual People with Purpose event.

Ramil was recently profiled in Fremont's Tri-City Voice. Read about his efforts as a HERS volunteer as well as his work to provide Bay Area healthcare professionals during the pandemic via his self-funded 3-D face shield printing project. Thank you, Ramil!

Find out more about Ramil at https://www.iconic-lab.com/

photo credit: Ramil Sumalpong
HERS at Fremont Street Eats
We're ready to get back out there to safely greet old friends, make new ones, and share our mission!

Look for HERS at Street Eats, a collaboration between the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Food Truck Mafia.

We'll be at Street Eats on July 16, August 13, and September 10 from 5-8 pm!

Location is the parking lot of the Fremont Main Library -- 2400 Stevenson Boulevard.

We'll have fun giveaways and can't wait to see you!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) begins October 1 and we're already preparing for safe and fun fundraising and outreach activities.

We love to partner with community groups and businesses for BCAM and throughout the year, and are always impressed with their fundraising ideas.

Past October fundraisers include Giving Hope Program donations from Premier Nissan and Premier Subaru of Fremont and Premier Nissan of San Jose, A RAGE Soccer of Pleasanton event, quirky BCAM Chickens, and #PinkPatchProject participation by many local law enforcement agency employees, including members of the City of Fremont Police Department.

We'll update our online calendar regularly and encourage you to check follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates.

And if you're inspired to raise funds for HERS patients, let's talk! Call (510) 790-1911 or email your fundraising ideas! We'd love to connect!
iniBurger Fundraiser is July 2-10
iniBurger owner Leeza P. prides herself on the quality and unique flavors of her halal burger menu. And, in addition to her passion for her Pleasanton and Fremont restaurants, Leeza is also a staunch supporter of community causes!

We're thrilled to partner with Leeza for 20% give back fundraiser from July 2-10. Order online for pick up or delivery or visit either location, mention "HERS" and 20% of your purchase will support HERS Assistance Programs.

Learn more about iniBurger's delicious halal menu (includes vegetarian option) at https://www.iniburger.com/ or place your order via ChowNow.
Program Store Updates
Expanded Fremont Hours and Walk-in Patients

Our Fremont location is now open one hour earlier. Visit us between 9 am and 5 pm (please note we're closed from 1-2 pm for lunch). To view our days/hours of operation for all three HERS locations, visit our website.

We have resumed seeing walk-in patients and will do our best to accommodate such requests. Should our schedule be full, we'll do our best to make an appointment for walk-in patients for our next available opening.

Covid Health and Safety Protocols

For the health and well-being of our team and patients and to comply with our the requirements of our host hospitals, we continue to wear masks in addition to sanitizing and physical distancing efforts. Additionally, we ask that patients complete a Covid questionnaire and wear masks while visiting our Program Store locations.

For patients who prefer to minimize or avoid office visits, we fill patient orders by phone when possible. In addition, curbside pickup and product mailing services will continue.

If you have questions, call (510) 790-1911 or info@hersbreastcancerfoundation.org.