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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:00 pm

Greg Hoffman is preparing to participate in Arizona’s 3 Day Walk to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure for the fifth consecutive year, but this year’s walk will be different for Hoffman as he will be walking in memory of his wife, Jen.

Jen Hoffman passed away in April of this year, but her husband has chosen to continue on in his efforts to raise money for breast cancer, which is what brought the couple together.

“She approached me and asked me to make a donation to her five years ago,” Hoffman said. “We became friends and ultimately got married.”

Upcoming local events to benefit breast cancer awareness Breast Cancer Month honored the Zany way

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Zany Zak is launching new Breast Cancer Awareness products in the form of pet leashes and collars. Twenty-five percent of sales from these products will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

For details, visit www.zanyzak.com.

 

Dig Pink in Tukee

Get ready for a “Pink Out” on Thursday, Oct. 22, as the Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe girls volleyball teams participate in the Dig Pink in Tukee community volleyball match to support the fight against breast cancer. The event will take place in the Mountain Pointe High School gymnasium at 4201 E. Knox Road. The freshman game starts at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.

The teams will make a donation to the Side-Out Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Education.

The community is invited to get involved by wearing pink and attending the match, purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes (donations of sports memorabilia, travel opportunities, gift cards, gift baskets and more are needed), becoming an event sponsor or making a donation at www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/1249.

For more information or to donate items for the raffle, e-mail klafountain@cox.net or call (480) 232-5770.

 

Team Betty Boobs fundraising for 3 Day

Ahwatukee Foothills residents have formed Team Betty Boobs to walk in the 3 Day to fight breast cancer. The team’s goal is to raise $12,000.

A “Flocked 4 Breast Cancer” fundraiser is under way, where pink lawn flamingos are placed in people’s yards for donations. The idea is that one person pays the team to “flock” another person as a surprise. Twenty-five flamingos are $25 and 50 flamingos are $50. A sign explains what it is for and celebrates if it is for a special occasion such as a birthday.

The team is also planning an event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Jilly’s American Grill of Chandler on Ray and 54th Street. Jilly’s has agreed to donate 20 percent of food and beverage purchases beyond their average take for a weeknight. A specialty pink drink will be served in honor of the team’s efforts and a buffet will be offered for $12. T-shirts will also be available for purchase.

A raffle drawing will take place in early November. The prize list is being finalized, and more prize donations are being sought.

For more information, call Chrissy at (480) 621-5303 or visit www.the3day.org/goto/teambettyboobs.

 

M.O.M., Fry’s join forces

Mobile on-Site Mammography (M.O.M) and Fry’s Food Stores are partnering together in the fight against breast cancer. Mobile on-site Mammography will be available on various dates at selected Fry’s Food Stores throughout Arizona to provide vital screening services. Patients can call M.O.M at (480) 967-3767 to schedule an appointment.

 

K-Bella Salon donates

During the month of October, K-Bella Salon and Spa will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from all haircuts to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The salon is located at 1389 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 102.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (480) 460-7071.

 

Wacoal hosts benefit for breast cancer research

Step into the ring with Wacoal to help knockout breast cancer with Fi(GH)t for the Cure! Come to any Fit for the Cure event and receive your complimentary fitting in a Wacoal or b.tempt’d bra from a Wacoal fit specialist and sign up to receive a monthly e-mail reminder to do a self breast exam. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events. An event will be held at the Chandler Fashion Mall on Oct. 24 in Dillard’s.

For more information, call (480) 735-2060.

 

Breast Cancer Summit

The Arizona Breast Cancer Summit will be held as part of the Sigma Pi Phi Pacific Regional Conference from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway.

At this free public event, learn about breast cancer in African-American women; breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment; genetics in breast cancer; and patient experiences with breast cancer.

The summit is presented by the Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc., in collaboration with Phoenix Black Nurses Association and Phoenix Chapter of the National Medical Association.

RSVP to Marion Kelly at Kelly.Marion@mayo.edu or (480) 301-4232.

 

This year Hoffman’s team for the 3 Day will consist of 21 family members and friends of the Hoffmans. While each team is required to raise $2,300 to participate in the walk, the team recently eclipsed $61,000.

“Each year we hold a golf tournament in May, which kicks off our fundraising efforts,” Hoffman said. “The rest of the fundraising is distributed across various events, and we just talk to anybody about it.”

Even if people cannot make a monetary donation, Hoffman hopes that residents come out to the streets of Ahwatukee Foothills when the 3 Day goes through the area.

“It means so much to every walker when you have the support of the community during the walk,” he said.

Hoffman’s team is called Team Thrivr, which has a very personal meaning.

“Maya Angelou said to survive is necessary, to thrive is elegant, and I always called Jen our thriver,” Hoffman said.

Team Thrivr will hold a fundraiser at Nello’s in Ahwatukee Foothills on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Ten percent of all sales on the evening of the 20th will go to support the team in its walk in the 3 Day.

“They’re going to pink it up a little bit and do a tribute to Jen,” Hoffman said. “Ironically, Jen and I met at Nello’s.”

Although Hoffman will be participating this year without his wife, he plans to continue on in her memory.

“It was an easy decision for me,” he said. “The very drugs that kept my wife alive and allowed her to battle cancer for so many years were developed directly from money raised at events like this.”

Nello’s is located at 4710 E. Warner Road. To donate to Team Thrivr, visit www.the3day.org.

 

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