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September 20, 2011 > Celebrate life and survivorship

Celebrate life and survivorship

Submitted By Karen Jackson

The KEEP ABREAST 5k Walk and 5k/10k Run and Community Expo brings hundreds of breast cancer patients and survivors from all over the Bay Area together to lace up their sneakers and rally family, friends, and neighbors to raise funds to support those who have battled breast cancer.

The day will start off with a moving opening ceremony that includes the release of doves by a circle of breast cancer survivors and a special tribute in memory of, and in honor of breast cancer survivors and their loved ones. After this uplifting moment, participants "hit the trail" and then return to visit the Community Resource Expo featuring sponsor and community booths. Participants will get to listen to live music, while enjoying a BBQ with friends and family.

"The KEEP ABREAST Walk/Run is our biggest fundraising event. It's a special time to thank our clients for the opportunity of sharing their journey throughout survivorship. We also celebrate with their families, friends and the rest of the community the blessings of health and love that we all have in our lives," said HERS Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Vera Packard.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation also encourages participants to create their own personal fundraising page for maximum fundraising impact. They will be offering incentives for reaching their online fundraising goals, which will include American Express gift cards and an iPad 2 for the top online fundraiser.

The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation... A Soft Place to Fall, was established in 1998 by a team of dynamic women. Motivated by their concern for women and the high incidence of breast cancer, along with the lack of specific services for breast cancer survivors, a vision for a foundation was created. The mission of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation is to empower women affected by breast cancer, supporting their well-being with post-surgical products and educational services, regardless of financial status. We are a professional accredited organization that supports any woman, with a focus on breast cancer. We provide quality products and emotional support. Our goal is to empower and care for each client as a whole person.

Last year the KEEP ABREAST walk and run was able to raise $92,000. The event had its biggest turnout ever, with over 1,000 participants and 200 volunteers, including many local high school students. Through the personalized online fundraising page, HERS was able to raise an additional $22,000 last year.

The registration fee for adults is $40 and for youths, ages 11-17, the fee is $20. All children under the age of 10 are free, if they're accompanied by a registered adult. Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by Stretching/Aerobics at 8 a.m., and Opening Ceremony at 8:15 a.m. 10K runners start at 9 a.m., and 5K walkers and runners start at 9:20 a.m.

For more information or to register online, please visit

Saturday, Sept 24
7 a.m.
Quarry Lakes East Bay Regional Park
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
(510) 790-1911
Fees: $20 - $40

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