2009 Challenge Event: American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life"
Support a special event that will raise funds for local organizations that fight breast cancer and support breast cancer survivors.
This year's event, the Relay for Life, is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and unites communities across the country to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight for elimination of the disease. BAYS will field a team of young breast cancer survivors in Sonoma, California on August 1st, 2009. Team members take turns walking or running around a track during a 24-hour period, beginning with a Survivors' Lap in which cancer survivors take a victory lap around the track. A candlelight ceremony is held in the evening to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease.
Proceeds from this year's event will support BAYS' member programs, including facilitator and childcare expenses for support group meetings. Additional funds raised will be distributed to Círculo de Vida, the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, and the American Cancer Society in amounts to be determined by the BAYS Board of Directors after all funds are received. Círculo de Vida and the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic are local organizations that provide services or support to underserved individuals with cancer.
BAYS, Círculo de Vida and the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic are all qualified 501(c)(3) organizations:
Bay Area Young Survivors
BAYS is a support and action group for all women under age 45 who are surviving breast cancer. It is a diverse group united by a passion to survive this disease and to end the epidemic, especially as it affects young women. The group is open to all survivors -- from the newly diagnosed to those battling recurrent or metastatic disease to long time survivors. The group was formed in February, 2004 and has grown to include more than 60 Bay Area members.
Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic
CMCC provides alternative medicine treatments-- including acupuncture and Chinese herbs -- to poor and low income women living with cancer. I have relied on alternative treatments to complement the chemotherapy and other traditional medical care I have received, and know how important such treatment can be to a patient's well-being. CMCC has also agreed to act as the fiscal sponsor of the event.
Círculo de Vida
Círculo de Vida provides an invaluable and unparalleled service to Latinos living with cancer and their loved ones-- most of them immigrants, low-income, and without health insurance-- as they navigate a frightening illness and an increasingly complex medical system. Círculo's experienced staff help translate for the patient and physician at the time of diagnosis, offer in-hospital and in-home support during surgery and treatment, provide a wide range of Spanish-language support groups for the patients and their children, as well as case management, resource referrals and in-home support for the terminally ill.
BAYS Co-Founder Deb Mosley (1968-2008) and Angela Padilla originated the annual BAYS Challenge Event to raise public awareness of breast cancer in young women and to raise funds for local cancer organizations.
2003 Challenge Event:
2004 Challenge Event:
"Keeping the Promise"
2005 Challenge Event:
"The Climb of Our Lives"
2006 Challenge Event:
"The Grand Challenge"
2007 Challenge Event:
"The Climb of Our Lives 2007"
2008 Challenge Event:
"Inyo Face! The Mammoth Challenge"
2009 Challenge Event:
American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life"
2010 Challenge Event:
Breast Cancer Fund's "Peak Hike"
2011 Challenge Events:
"Mt. Whitney Hike" and Breast Cancer Funds "Peak Hike 2011"
2012 Challenge Events:
"Grand Challenge 2012" and "Peak Hike 2012"
BAYS is grateful to receive support from the following local promotional events.