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September 25, 2012 > A celebration of life

A celebration of life

Submitted By HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
Photos By Brandon Kuang

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF), a professional accredited organization that supports all women with a focus on breast cancer, is promoting the KEEP ABREAST 5k Walk, 5k/10k Run and Community Expo September 29 at Quarry Lakes East Bay Regional Park in Fremont. This community fundraising event celebrates life, the life of people that have survived breast cancer, and honors those we have lost.

KEEP ABREAST Walk/Run is HBCF's biggest fundraising event of the year, which takes place every year on the last Saturday in September. The opening ceremony will consist of a musical performance by Margo LeDuc followed by the traditional release of doves by a circle of breast cancer survivors; this metaphorically celebrates survivors and those who have gone before us. The walk/run continues as many enthusiastic and excited participants - survivors, friends, family and neighbors - walk or run for the cause. A Community Expo and BBQ will follow the walk/run.

"We're proud to be celebrating the 13th year of our KEEP ABREAST fundraising event," says Karen Jackson, Community Development Director of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, and event chairperson. "This is a cause that has touched numerous people at one point or another. The KEEP ABREAST event supports our mission to celebrate survivorship and life while preaching our HERS acronym of hope, empowerment, renewal, and support. We are hopeful for the future, empower individuals to just keep going, renewal of spirit, and support of everyone's journey."

All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the programs and services of HBCF, helping women and their loved ones survive the battle with breast cancer while serving any woman regardless of financial status. If event attendance is not possible, donating is still an option and can be done through the HBCF donations page at

HBCF is offering great prizes for achieving online fundraising goals. Incentives include a Chardonnay Cruise in Santa Cruz Harbor, gift cards to various restaurants, and HBCF branded clothing. Participants are not required to attend the event to receive the gifts; however, all dollar amounts must be received and logged at the online donations system by midnight, Wednesday, September 26.

KEEP ABREAST 5k Walk, 5k/10k Run and Community Expo
Saturday, Sept 29
7 a.m.
Quarry Lakes Regional Park
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
(510) 790-1911
Fees: Adults: $40, Youth (ages 11-17): $20, Children (ages 10 and under): free, if accompanied by a participating adult

Event Schedule:
7 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Check In/Event Day Registration
8 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
8:45 a.m.: Pre-event Warm-ups: Stretching/Aerobics
9 a.m.: 10K Runners start
9:10 a.m.: 5K Runners start
9:30 a.m.: 5K Walkers start

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