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October 30, 2012 > Hats gala highlights importance of donor registration

Hats gala highlights importance of donor registration

Submitted By Ahnee Min, Photo by Lily Dong Photography

The Asian American Cancer Support Network (AACSN) is proud to host its fundraising gala, HATWALK 2012, on Saturday, November 10, 2012. The event celebrates the value of "HATS" and the comfort they bring to cancer patients. This year, AACSN will encourage more members of the Asian American community to register as donors.

Bone marrow donors help save lives. Many fatal blood cancers are treated with bone marrow transplants, if a patient's and donor's bone marrow match. Asian patients need Asian donors. Half-Asian patients need half-Asian donors. The likelihood of a match is very low which is why the more people register as donors, the greater the chances of a life being saved.

AACSN would like to honor and support the Asian American Donor Program's (AADP) efforts to save lives by adding names to the National donor registry. For every person swabbed at the HATWALK gala, AACSN will donate $5 to the AADP. Please join us at HATWALK 2012, meet the wonderful hearts behind the AADP and learn how you can help save a life.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktail hour and a silent auction. Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. with a full program at 7:00 p.m. to include live entertainment by pianist Hilda Huang. Huang is the winner of the 7th International J.S. Bach Competition in Wrzburg, Germany, and is a regular performer at Carnegie Hall.

Guest speaker Vivian Mabuni is a mother, author and cancer survivor and will share her inspirational journey. There is an exciting raffle drawing, culminating with AACSN's unique fashion show of HATS modeled by volunteers, cancer survivors and those battling cancer.

Featured fashion designers include Boditecture, Vie Dsir By Ennie, Erica Varize and Black Cat Hats. Mention "HATWALK" to Black Cat Hats in Los Gatos and 10 percent of your hat purchase will be donated to AACSN.

HATWALK 2012 will be held at the Fairmont San Jose, 170 South Market Street, San Jose. Tickets are $125 each or VIP $175.

All proceeds from HATWALK 2012 and all donations made to AACSN will be used for cancer support activities including support workshops, health fairs, supporting our Dragon Boat cancer survivor team, healthcare lectures, Cancer Buddy System, multi-lingual outreach to a variety of Asian communities, mammography screening for the under-served and care baskets for those affected by cancer. Funds will also be donated to other local cancer support groups.

Additionally, everyone can support ACCN's efforts by purchasing a HATWALK calendar for 2013, featuring stunning images by Lily Dong Photography.

This event is sponsored by BMC Software, Dolby Sounds, Adelante Capital Management, Merritts Consulting and KTSF Channel 26. The catwalk will showcase millinery, make-up, coiffure and couture by Boditecture, Vie Dsir By Ennie, Falosophie, Charleston Pierce, Michael Ghaly, MD from WARD76, Erica Varize and Stella & Dot.

For more information, visit www.aacsn.org, or call (650) 968 8488. Tickets can also be purchased at http://hatwalk2012.eventbrite.com

HATWALK 2012
Saturday, Nov 10
5 p.m.
Fairmont San Jose
170 South Market Street, San Jose
(650) 968 8488
www.aacsn.org


About Asian American Cancer Support Network

AACSN was founded in July 2003 by May Bakken and Fidelia Butt, M.D., as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer- driven organization with a mission to become a community resource network for Asians, Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders affected by cancer in the Bay Area through social programs and creative fundraising. AACSN programs, services and resources are welcome to everyone, not just the Asian community.

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