HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
August 2018 Newsletter

The Heat is On!

19th Annual HERS Walk/Run
The Race is on to Raise Funds for Survivors!

The big day is only a month away! That's right, as summer draws to an end, it's time once again for our annual race-or-ramble, community gathering, celebration of life, and fundraiser! 

Please join us 
Saturday,  September 29, 2018  
for our annual 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run 
at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont. 

Quick Walk/Run updates:
It's not too late to sponsor our Walk/Run or purchase a Community Expo booth. Many thanks to newly added sponsors UCSF and St. Joseph's Parish of Fremont!

For the kids! We'll have two fun mascots on site: the Chik-fil-A Cow and the San Jose Baraccuda's Frenzy shark!

For those who want to support this event but can't attend, Clubsport has a very generous offer:   If you donate a minimum of $30, you'll receive a 5-day Family Clubsport pass for either the Fremont or Pleasanton locations. See our  event page for more info or call (510) 790-1911.

We are thrilled to announce that The Harriet Despeaux Good Works Fund at 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.


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!

Are you new to this event? 

Youth volunteers are needed for the day of the event!!

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

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
Why We Fundraise 

We provide our products and services to breast cancer survivors, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Every donation makes a difference.  Here's where your money goes:  
  • $50 provides a specialty bra
  • $60 provides a post-surgical garment
  • $85 provides a Lymphedema garment
  • $150 provides a wig
  • $200 provides a prosthesis
Post-surgical products are essential and costly, and most survivors require several post-surgical products to support their recovery and well-being -- at costs averaging between $300-400.  

Please join us in making  a difference for under-served patients. Your gift will ensure that their health and well-being needs are fulfilled.

"HERS" stands for:

HOPE: Belief in a promising future.
EMPOWERMENT: Strength and knowledge for the journey ahead.
RENEWAL: Restored self image and physical healing.
SUPPORT: A community of compassion, aid, and advocacy.


Our programs make a real difference to survivors. We love receiving notes like this recent one sent to Pam, one of our Breast Care Specialists:

Hi Pam,

Thank you again for helping me yesterday  with fitting me for the arm compression garments... I so appreciate your help and the kindness of the HERS Foundation. 

I will donate for the rest of my life. 

Thank you,

Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Use Our New Calendar to Keep Up!


Every year, right on the heels of our Annual Walk/Run, we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an awe-inspiring list of outreach and fundraising events. We are so blessed with community supporters -- local businesses, volunteers, and donors show up to support us throughout the month of October. We hope to see you out there! 


Be sure to check our  NEW EVENT CALENDAR to see where we'll be popping up next. These fun fundraisers are a great excuse to skip cooking, go shopping, grab a drink with friends, or try something new!

Making HERStory

Our very special HERS History ("HERStory) quilt is now installed at our ValleyCare store in P leasanton. In the photo is  Nancy Little, dedicated HERS volunteer. Nancy was instrumental in getting the quilt project going.

The quilt, which incorporates every t-shirt from our past Walk/Run events, was displayed at our  20th Anniversary celebration and People with Purpose gala held in April 2018. 

It's now gracing our Pleasanton store thanks to Nancy, staff member Pam Condy, and our facilities friends at Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare. Please pay us a visit and check out this beautiful piece of HERStory. 

The store is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm.

Stanford Health Care/ValleyCare Resource Center
5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. Suite 270
Pleasanton, CA 94588-4054
Phone: 925-416-6738
Fax 510-505-9160

Seeking a Development Intern

An Opportunity for Meaningful 
Nonprofit Work Experience

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

~~ Save the Date ~~

People with Purpose: A Pink Tie Gala

Saturday, May 4,  2019
Castlewood Country Club
Pleasanton, California
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

Fremont   *   Pleasanton

(510) 790-1911  

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