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September 17, 2013 > Celebration of life brings supporters and survivors together

Celebration of life brings supporters and survivors together

Submitted By HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
Photos By Ramil Sumalpong

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF), a professional accredited organization that supports breast cancer survivors, is proud to announce the 14th annual "KEEP ABREAST 5k Walk, 5k/10k Run and Community Expo. This community fundraising event is the organization's largest of the year. It celebrates life, the lives of people that have survived breast cancer, and honors those lost.

The "KEEP ABREAST Walk/Run" invites everyone from around the Bay Area, and beyond to virtually participate or lace up their sneakers and rally family, friends, and neighbors to raise funds and support those who have battled breast cancer. This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 21 at Quarry Lakes in Fremont and will start with check-in and registration at 7 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. with a special tribute in memory and honor of everyone that has battled breast cancer, along with a traditional release of doves by a circle of survivors. This is followed by a pre-event stretch and aerobic warm-up. At 9 a.m. the 10k runners will hit the trail, followed by the 5k runners, and then 5k walkers.

"This year will mark our 14th year of this amazing fundraising event, which brings our community together to recognize everyone that has been affected by breast cancer," said Karen Jackson, Development Director and Event Chairperson at HBCF. "After reaching record numbers in 2012, we are thrilled to see the turnout this year, as we especially enjoy this event since it strongly supports our mission of supporting all women healing from breast cancer."

Following the opening ceremony and walk/run, HBCF welcomes all participants to return to a community resource exposition of sponsor and community booths, and enjoy a healthy BBQ. This event brings survivors, friends, family, and neighbors together to celebrate life and people who are truly making a difference.

Those interested in participating, sponsoring, registering and/or donating to HERS Breast Cancer Foundation can do so online at the KEEP ABREAST website. All proceeds from the event will be used towards the services of HBCF: helping women survive the battle with breast cancer while serving any woman regardless of financial status. If event attendance is not an option, participate in the virtual run at; donations are always greatly appreciated.

Registration for event plus parking donation is $55, $50 for adult participants, and $20 for youth participants (ages 11 - 17). For more information, visit

KEEP ABREAST 5k Walk, 5k/10k Run and Community Expo
Saturday, Sept 21
7 a.m.: Check-in and registration
8 a.m.: Opening ceremonies
9 a.m.: Run/walk start
Quarry Lakes East Bay Regional Park
2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont
(510) 790-1911
Registration: $20 - $55

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