When it comes to dedicating your time and money to charities, your efforts follow your heart. You might buy boxes of cookies to support young entrepreneurs or volunteer to create a walk-in honor of a loved one.
We at Epic Care are selective in our devotion, too. This fall, we have lent our support to events that educate, explore, and allow participants to have fun while keeping our core values. These events bring awareness and raise money to support research for different cancers while helping patients and their families.
Fill your September and October with options including forming a team to enjoy a day golfing or working in solidarity at a walk. You can sit with your family for virtual entertainment. Or you can learn more about the importance of cancer screenings and a community discussion.
Launched in 2005 by two-time cancer survivor Bob Hammer, the Have A Ball Foundation benefits 20 cancer foundations yearly. It has also created 10 scholarships for oncology nursing students. Hammer has twice survived testicular cancer and helped create the tagline to the tournament: “Chipping away at cancer, one ball at a time.” His co-founder, radio personality Steven Seaweed, is also a cancer survivor, and the pair have raised more than $2.5 million for cancer research and funding. In addition to a fun day on the links, tournament participants can also enjoy a big-ticket auction with items including overnight stays at resorts and sports memorabilia. Sign-ups for 2022 are available now.
Cancer Support Community Film Festival Gala
When: Sept. 18, 2021
Where: Your home
This charity film gala has a cozy, at-home feel to it as the virtual event encourages families and volunteers to stay socially distant and safe. Hosted by the Cancer Support Community, attendees will see three short films created around the themes of cancer and community. These films are meant to inspire courage, resilience, and hope. Author and Emmy-nominated television producer Erika Bryant will emcee the festival. The Cancer Support Community provides counseling, support groups, nutrition, exercise, and patient education programs for patients with cancer and their families.
Asian Health Services 47th Annual Gala
When: Sept. 18, 2021
Where: Your home
This virtual celebration will include live music and entertainment as well as silent and in-event auctions. Families are encouraged to dress their best to listen to entertainment from Grammy Award-winning artist Judith Hill. NBA star Jeremy Lin and California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta will be honored during the virtual event. The gala supports Asian Health Services, a community organization initially founded as a single, one-room clinic in 1974. Today, it provides primary care services, including mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 50,000 patients in more than 15 languages.
Thousands of families and friends join the yearly walk to raise money and hope. Team walking and fundraising are encouraged as monies raised will support the fight against breast cancer. This year’s program will be a hybrid event, with events scheduled for walkers at the San Francisco Zoo and for virtual attendees who are more comfortable walking in their own neighborhoods. Even if you don’t have a team to join, existing teams are taking on members ready to walk and raise money for a day of fun. Epic Care’s breast health programs include both diagnostic and prevention services as well as surgery and cryoablation of fibroadenomas and small cancers.
American Cancer Society East Bay Gala 12th Annual Gala
When: October 4th-10th, 2021
Where: Online and In-person at a Rooftop Venue in Oakland, California
ACS is on a mission to advance health equity and address cancer disparities. To further reduce cancer mortality, we need to make sure everyone has the ability to benefit from the advances in research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The health and safety of all guests is a priority, so they’re hosting the Gala a bit differently this year. Register for the weeklong online silent auction for a chance to win travel packages, sports memorabilia, jewelry packages, and more. Pre-order your meal kit now to join alaMar Kitchen Owner/Chef Nelson on Zoom in a live cooking demo and Q&A session on Tuesday, October 5 at 6pm. On Thursday October 7th, take your happy hour to an open rooftop bar in Oakland or tune into the livestream program from the comfort of your home.
Learn about the importance of cancer screenings and breast health at a free, informational event. Panelists include Epic Care’s own Dr. Elaine Lee and Dr. Irene Lo, plus Dr. Daveena Ma, a primary care physician at Asian Health Services. During the pandemic, the Asian community has been hit by both the COVID-19 virus and a rise in violence. These events have impacted community health as more and more people are delaying healthcare appointments, including screenings for cancer. The free discussion will be in-person with an RSVP to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center required. It will be held in English with a Cantonese translation, meeting the most critical patients within the community. A question-and-answer period will be available to discuss how cancer screenings work and any other questions the community may have about screenings.