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Become a Sponsor of the 2014 Breast Cancer Challenge!
Call Laura at 510.834.4142 for details

Letter from Board President
Click here to download a letter of thanks from Barbara Rodgers, President of the FOF Board of Directors. (February 2014)

A research team at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY is looking for African-American and Caucasian women living in, or willing to travel to, the Buffalo, New York, area who are postmenopausal, between the ages of 45 and 75 and have never had any type of cancer (except skin cancer) to participate in a study that is using flaxseed to look at the connections between race, genes, hormones, and breast cancer risk.

For more information on the study visit

The Breast Cancer Society Calls for Entries to Receive Educational Scholarships

FedEx Presents The 10th Anniversary Faith Fancher
Breast Cancer Challenge
August 23, 2014 at Lake Merritt, Oakland

Saluting KTVU Channel 2
for its ongoing support of Faith's mission.

Click here to register and purchase raffle tickets!

Raffle prizes include: iPad Air, 10th Anniversary Photo Quilt (see photo below) and Mexico Timeshare.

Produced/donated by Aleca Bowe and quilted by Laura Jansen at Butterfly Quilting.

Pican Restaurant Supports Friends of Faith

The Celebrity Bartender Night at Pican Restaurant to benefit Friends of Faith was a great success! Below are a couple of photos from the event, which was held on June 30th:

Left to right: FOF Board Members: Carolyn Tyler, Cheryl Ward, Rosie Lee Allen, Pican Owner - Michael LeBlanc, Renel, Thelma Simmons, Jacqueline Brown, Cheryl Hurd-Perry, Rita Williams, Brenda Hamberry Green, Vanita Williams and daughter.

You can view a complete collection of photos from the event here, courtesy of Photographers at Large.

Nellie's Soul Food Supports Friends of Faith

A big thanks to Nellie's Restaurant for holding a fabulous community event to benefit Friends of Faith on February 25th. Lots of people came to enjoy Nellie's delicious soul food, to hear some soul-stirring music and several lucky people walked away with great raffle prizes.

A few photos are included below, but to see all the photos, go to photographer J. D. Harris' page on Thanks J. D. for all of the photos that really captured the fun of the Nellie's Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Miss Nellie--restaurant owner, Nellie Ozen--her daughter, co-owner Quinette (first from left) and restaurant G. M. Joshua Tolliver (second from right) at the Breast Cancer Awareness Community Day with Friends of Faith members Barbara Rodgers, Pam Moore, Rita Williams and Marsha Peterson.

Enjoying the fun of the Nellie's Restaurant Breast Cancer Awareness Community Day, (left to right) Nellie's G. M., Joshua Tolliver; Friends of Faith members Marsha Peterson, Donna Miranda, Rosie Allen, Barbara Rodgers and Thelma Simmons; Nellie's co-owner, Quienette; gospel singers Susan Brown and Vanessa Murphy.

Friends of Faith members Rita Williams, Donna Miranda, Barbara Rodgers, Rosie Allen, Pam Moore and Thelma Simmons with Breast Cancer Awareness Day planner, Annette Flowers (third from left) and photographer J. D. Harris (center).

Joshua Tolliver, General Manager of Nellie's Restaurant, hands over $1,400 in donations to Friends of Faith Board President, Barbara Rodgers--proceeds from the Nellie's Breast Cancer Awareness Community Celebration on February 25th.

Local Artists Support Friends of Faith

Thanks to Friends of Faith super volunteer, Lynne Belmont (seated, far right), for arranging to have our organization receive a portion of the proceeds from a "Have A Heart Party" in February. Lynne gathered several of her artist friends--shown in the photo below--to sell their creations at the party.

Back Row: Friends of Faith Board Members Pam Moore, Rosie Allen and Rosemary Richard with Gila Sagy, fused glass artist; Karen LeGault, watercolor artist; and Kevin Brown, landscape artist.

Front Row: Dechen Lama-Luna, who makes Pashminas and scarves, with Board President, Barbara Rodgers and jewelry artist, Lynne Belmont.

Eileen Fisher Store Supports Friends of Faith

Thanks to the Eileen Fisher Outlet in San Leandro for choosing Friends of Faith as the recipient of funds from their Breast Cancer Awareness Day on November 16, 2013. The store donated a percentage of their sales for the entire day to FOF and FOF members were there to solicit individual donations from customers. The total given to FOF on that day was more than $4,000.

In photos below, FOF Board Members Rosie Allen, Cheryl Ward, Pam Moore, Barbara Rodgers and Thelma Simmons with Eileen Fisher Store Managers Maguerite Croptier and Susanne Harkness. Second photo: FOF Board Members Rita Williams, Pam Moore, Cheryl Hurd, Thelma Simmons and Rosie Allen with FOF Officer Coordinator, Laura Marcus.

Brighton Collectibles Support Friends of Faith

Our special thanks to Brighton Collectibles for once again teaming up with Friends of Faith for a fun Power of Pink party at their Broadway Plaza store in Walnut Creek. There was great music provided by KISS 98.1 Radio and guests shopped while sipping champagne. Brighton donated $2,207.00--a portion of the proceeds from the evening and from sales of their beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet during the month of October--to Friends of Faith.

Shown below in photos from the Power of Pink Party: (top photo) Brighton Sales Partner, Shari Garfinkle, with Assistant Store Manager, Dayna Haraguchi; (bottom photo) Store Manager, Sandy Ballesteros fits a Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet on a customer.

Photos from the San Francisco 49ers and Friends of Faith Tackle Breast Cancer on September 19

S.F. 49ers Alumni players and FOF Board members spent time with friends and family at the recent Stadium Tour and reception in Santa Clara.

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Photos from the 2013 Friends of Faith Breast Cancer Challenge, Presented by FedEx

Photos courtesy Ron Fell

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FOF Board Members Honored at Historic John's
Grill on August 1st, 2013

Photos from the 2012 Friends of Faith Breast Cancer Challenge, Presented by FedEx

Photos courtesy Ron Fell

Friends of Faith Makes New Friends

San Francisco's historic John's Grill was the place where San Francisco's legendary Maltese Falcon met the solid gold, diamond and jewel encrusted Maltese Eagle to declare war on breast cancer on September 14, 2012.

Photos courtesy Desmond Rodgers

We at Friends of Faith send out a big thanks to Ron Shore, Gus and John Konstin and Lee Housekeeper for choosing our organization as the beneficiary of the unique "Birds of A Feather: The Maltese Falcon Meets The Maltese Eagle" event. Thanks also to former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown who dropped by and got the guests to donate hundreds of "dead presidents" to our cause and to Desmond Rodgers for providing these great photos from the evening. If you would like to know more about the event and the Maltese Eagle, click here to read the complete news release.

Friends of Faith and Their Friends Meet the Media 2012

Friends of Faith recently hosted a "Meet the Media" Event - which featured a tour of the ABC-7 Studios, a "live" viewing of the 6 o'clock News, and a chat with Anchors Dan Ashley, Carolyn Johnson and Spencer Christian.

The excitement was followed by hors d'oeuvres and cocktails hosted by Piperade Restaurant and a meet and greet with some very familiar Bay Area Media Personalities. Many thanks to ABC-7, the folks at Piperade Restaurant and the Bay Area Media Personalities who joined in the festivities.

Photos courtesy Ron Fell

Roxx on Main & Cal Pacific Donate to Friends of Faith

California Pacific FCU Donates to Friends of Faith
More information is available in this article from the Contra Costa Times.

Thank You to Kinder's BBQ

Kinder's Corp and BBQ*Deli

Kinder's Corp & BBQ*Deli, a family-owned, retail, franchise, and catering company has generously donated $10,000 to Friends of Faith, to help Bay Area women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. THANK YOU KINDER'S!

Kinder's Corp and BBQ*Deli Donates to Friends of Faith
Left to right: Front - Paula Kinder, Pam Moore, Tammy Drummond, Barbara Rodgers, Renel, Justin Kinder. Rear - Candice Francis, Fadhila Holman, Rosie Lee Allen.

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