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September 16, 2009 > Race against Breast Cancer

Race against Breast Cancer

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of Carin Davis

A lasting tribute to honor the spirit of hope that lies in the courageous women who have faced and fought breast cancer will be celebrated by HERS Breast Cancer Foundation for the tenth consecutive year. HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization is committed to improving women's health and well-being, especially those living with breast cancer.

Doves will be released in memory of, and in honor of breast cancer survivors and their loved ones. "Before we release the doves, all the women who are survivors are asked to come to the front of the stage," said HERS Development Director, Karen Jackson. Keep Abreast scenic 5K walk, 5K and 10K run will express support of friends and family facing breast cancer, with 10K run commemorating the tenth anniversary. "5K/10K run and 5K walk will begin at nine o'clock sharp, the runners will go first, the 10 K runners will go twice around the Quarry lake. 5 K runners will go once around the lake and the walkers will follow," said Jackson. "The biggest percentage of applicants for this year's event is walkers."

Relax with music and enjoy a free BBQ lunch, barbecued hot dogs, veggie burgers, bagels and refreshments. Health, fitness and business expo, corporate sponsorship booths will also be part of the event. A massage tent will be available for people to enjoy an invigorating massage or back treatment.

"Non-profits like Kidango, hospitals such as Washington Hospital, health services like Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Life Eldercare, Abode Services, Tri-City Health Center, KOIT radio station among others will have a booth giving out information and literature," said Jackson. All participants will have lots of information regarding their business or organization. The majority of vendors will have a giveaway for people to just come into their booths, fill out a ticket for prizes and at the end of the event, the winners will be announced."

"We are done with the applications for the expo, however donations are always welcome," said Jackson. There are awards for the participants in the run - first, second and third place will receive medals. We have a prize for the person who raises the most money for the event, a gift in honor of the longest survivor and also in honor of the woman who has been most recently diagnosed," said Jackson. All participants will receive ribbons.

Those interested may participate alone or form a team, but each member of the team needs to fill out a registration form. If you do not wish to participate in the run but want to support the cause, you can donate online or set up your own personal fundraising page to solicit donations from friends, family, teammates and co-workers. Raise additional money by collecting donations per mile run or straight donations that will help your team reach their fundraising goal. Proceeds from the fundraiser will empower women affected by breast cancer, and support them with post-surgical products and education regardless of their financial status.

Register online or fill out a form provided in the brochure. Participants can pick up a brochure from 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 130 in Fremont, anytime between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday. For ages 11 to 17, admission is $20 and children under the ages of 11 accompanied by a registered adult are free. A registration form can also be downloaded from the organization's website. Parking is free. Online registration will only be available until Wednesday, September 23. After that date, you will need to arrive early for on-site registration.

Keep Abreast 5K Walk and 5K/10K Run
Saturday, September 26
Registration: 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Opening ceremony: 8:15 a.m.
Event starts, runners followed by walkers: 9 a.m.

Quarry Lakes East Bay Regional Park
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
(510) 790-1911

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