HERS Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director to Mentor Aspiring Business Women

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Dr. Vera Packard, Executive Director of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, has been invited by Silicon Valley Business Journal to participate as a mentor in their BizWomen: Mentoring Monday event on April 7.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation today announced that their Executive Director, Dr. Vera Packard, will participate as a mentor in Silicon Valley Business Journal’s national networking event on Monday, April 7. BizWomen: Mentoring Monday is an exciting new event aimed at strengthening the business community and the future success of Silicon Valley women. This first annual gathering offers attendees the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are among the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching in five-minute conversations, in a fun format based on speed dating.

As they take advantage of the networking opportunities provided at the local Mentoring Monday event, attendees and mentors will be building bridges between the Valley’s business community and 39 others throughout the country, as affiliated Business Journals host similar events on the same morning. Across the U.S., hundreds of mentors like Dr. Packard will meet with over 8,000 aspiring business women. Lori Greiner of Shark Tank fame will kick off the event with a video address to all attendees. The event takes place in Palo Alto, California at the Crowne Plaza Cabana at 8:00 a.m., April 7. Registration is open until the day of the event. For more information, please see http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/event/105251.

Dr. Packard is delighted to have this opportunity to share her experiences as a doctor, non-profit director, and women’s health advocate with our community’s future leaders. Dr. Packard was featured in the Business Journal’s 2013 list of the most influential women in Silicon Valley; since she joined HBCF in 2008, she and her team have opened a new program storefront at the world-renowned Stanford Cancer Center, fundraising efforts have grown almost 80 percent, and the foundation has helped hundreds of breast cancer survivors who otherwise couldn’t afford these essential services.

In addition to the BizWomen Mentoring Monday event, HERS Breast Cancer Foundation is holding a complementary event on April 24. The 5th Annual People with Purpose Awards Luncheon honors people from the Bay Area, whose contributions have supported breast cancer survivors, as well as the HBCF’s efforts to serve them. The luncheon features keynote speaker Dr. Kimberly H. Allison, Stanford University breast cancer pathology specialist, professor, and author. This year’s honorees include: Mark D. Pegram, M.D. of the Stanford Cancer Institute; Ysabel Duron of Latinas Contra Cancer; Gene Mello of Mello Insurance Services; and To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. Please visit http://hersbreastcancerfoundation.org/people-with-purpose/.

About HERS Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF)

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to support all women healing from breast cancer by providing post-surgical products and services regardless of financial status. HERS Breast Cancer Foundation is a professional accredited organization, bringing beauty and dignity back into the lives of breast cancer survivors by providing quality products, services and emotional support. Established in 1998 by a team of dynamic women, the foundation was founded based on a vision motivated by the genuine concern for women and the high incidence of breast cancer, along with the lack of specific services for breast cancer survivors. For more information visit us at: http://hersbreastcancerfoundation.org/.

HBCF is the only non-profit organization in the Bay Area that provides appropriate products, such as bras, prostheses and wigs, for breast cancer survivors in a safe, comfortable and understanding environment. Services for breast cancer survivors are provided at two locations; their new program store at the Stanford Cancer Center and their flagship program store at Washington Hospital in Fremont. The foundation offers several services, including:

Bras for Body & Soul®: The program provides a private, understanding environment for breast cancer survivors to be properly fitted for post-surgical garments, specialty mastectomy bras and prostheses.

We Support, You Survive: The purpose of this program is to provide free post-mastectomy garments to underserved women affected by breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lymphedema Project: This program provides the lymphedema garments for prevention and support of treatment of this condition as it occurs as a result of breast cancer treatment.

Hair with Care: This program addresses the dramatic effect of hair loss as a consequence of chemotherapy, as wig specialists assist our clients with a variety of different wigs.

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