Join us at Honor Thy Healer 2014 for an evening of inspiration and community celebration. The program highlights ZBC’s research and education programs and recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations who have made a significant difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer, in our understanding of breast cancer, the healing process, and the health of our community.
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Front Row (left to right): Jonathan Mooney, Carol Kronenwetter, and Louise Greenspan
Back row (left to right): Regan Fedric, David Gullion, Janine Elliott, and Julianna Deardorff
Not Pictured: Stig Westling and Gayle Windham
New Public Health Institute study spurs important dialogue around breast cancer in California
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 the Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program released new research in Pediatrics shows that obesity is the largest predictor of earlier onset puberty in girls, a phenomenon which is affecting white girls at younger ages than previously reported.
The multi-institutional study strengthens a growing body of research documenting the earlier onset of puberty in girls of all races.
Learn more about the new research
The California Cancer Registry(CCR) has released new statewide comparative breast cancer rates that show a drop in Marin County’s breast cancer incidence and mortality rates over the most recent reported five year period, 2006-2010.
Learn more about the new findings
Check out the newest toolkits from the Community Outreach & Translation Core of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program! Toolkits are available for Health Care Providers & Professionals, Outreach Organizations, General Audiences, and African American Audiences!
Get out and get physical with Zero Breast Cancer's annual Dipsea Hike!
Gather your friends and family to fundraise as a team or register as an individual and unite with others who have been affected by breast cancer along the 6-mile trail loop. Learn more...
The California Health Report (healthycal.org) article about the Cygnet Study and early onset puberty in young girls with an interview with member of ZBC led CYGNET Youth Advisory Board. Check it out!
Learn more about Zero Breast Cancer's new educational toolkit on breast density, What Does My Number Mean?, produced in conjunction with The University of California, San Francisco, and check out the video here!
Zero Breast Cancer is a community based organization dedicated to prevention and finding the causes of breast cancer through local participation in the scientific research process. We focus on identifying environmental factors and the role they play in breast cancer at all stages of life and across generations.
Zero Breast Cancer mourns the death of Roni Peskin Mentzer, Emeritus member of our Board of Directors, who died on July 3, 2013, following a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. A founding member of Zero Breast Cancer, known then as Marin Breast Cancer Watch, Roni’s personal experience fueled her determination to find out why women living in Marin County had such a high incidence of the disease. Although she did not completely conquer breast cancer, she triumphed in the way that she lived throughout her illness, which included her many contributions to her community.
A New York City native and former kindergarten teacher, Roni’s career included corporate sales and interior design in the Bay Area. She was a world traveler and arts enthusiast who channeled her creative talents into fundraising events for Zero Breast Cancer (ZBC) and fiber arts explorations with the Plexus Arts Group. Being ill with breast cancer, particularly in recent years, never deprived Roni of her curiosity, easy wit, and her capacity to be completely alive each day of her life. As recently as the spring of 2012, with her devoted husband Dr. William Mentzer, she danced the tango in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
In her formative days as an activist with Marin Breast Cancer Watch (MBCW), Roni joined forces with fellow breast cancer survivors to demand that public officials fund increased research into the contributing factors to breast cancer, beginning with earlier life exposures and environmental influences. Roni was a member of the MBCW team of community co-investigators who, with Dr. Margaret Wrensch at UCSF, conducted groundbreaking research known as the Adolescent Risk Factors Study (ARFS) that focused on adolescence as a potential “window of susceptibility” for breast cancer. The ARFS study, published in 2003 in Breast Cancer Research, was the first community-based participatory research study to reveal population risk factors and exposures linked to breast cancer in Marin County. Roni is named as a co-author of this study.
Roni spearheaded Zero Breast Cancer’s first annual Honor Thy Healer awards program in 2002 to shine a light on the contributions of healing professionals, healing partners and others who make a difference in the lives of women affected by breast cancer. As of 2013, Honor Thy Healer has recognized over 100 health professionals, supportive partners, researchers, authors, health activists, entrepreneurs and public officials who play important roles in advancing our understanding of breast cancer, community action and the healing process. In 2011, Roni nominated her hiking pal and dear friend Susan Mulvey for the Healing Partner award. Their unique partnership can be viewed in this 2011 Honor Thy Healer video. Zero Breast Cancer will forever cherish the memory of Roni’s enthusiastic participation in the 2011 Honor Thy Healer awards celebration.
Although breast cancer is a serious issue, Roni believed in having fun and making the most of her precious life and time with her friends and family between cancer treatment and recovery. When Roni’s cancer returned in 2009, her fellow artists in the Plexus Arts Group created a collection of 38 unique fiber arts hats that expressed their own creativity and support for their friend. Thanks to the generous gift from Steve and Britt Thal, these hats, each exquisite art pieces, are displayed permanently at the ZBC office and are loaned out to women’s health events and for local and traveling arts exhibits. The Zero Breast Cancer-Plexus Hats also appear in the 2012 Academy award nominated short documentary Mondays at Racine.
According to Janice Barlow, Zero Breast Cancer executive director, “Roni appreciated both the comedy and the tragedy her particular cancer and knew that her life would be shortened, yet she maintained her sense of style and a desire to be with people and do the things that she enjoyed, including staying in touch with us. Our Board of Directors has established the Roni Peskin Mentzer Memorial Fund to continue with the prevention work that Roni and our founding board members envisioned. We are grateful that her family has named Zero Breast Cancer as one of two organizations to receive donations in honor of our longtime friend. ”