A selection of the Zero Breast Cancer Hat Collection created by the Plexus Arts Group will be on display at the Marin Society of Artisits. The 38-hat collection was made in response to the breast cancer recurrence of their fellow Plexus artist, Roni Peskin-Mentzer.
Opening Reception - Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 2-4 pmExhibited - January 8 to January 24, 2015Marin Society of Artists30 Sir Francis Drake BoulevardRoss, CAThe Gallery is open from 12-4 pm from Wednesday to Sunday
GIS for Community Impact: From Technology to Translation
April 14, 2015 at the California Endowment, Oakland, CA
Please join Zero Breast Cancer and our partners for an informative and interactive workshop on the state of the science of using place- based data to inform breast cancer research and interventions. Geographic data, or geodata, have the potential to make a significant contribution to the identification and quantification of environmental and social factors that may impact breast cancer risk.
The workshop will feature:
- Case studies of how researchers have used geodata to explore breast cancer risk factors
- Overview of national and state data resources
- Community organizations presenting examples of how they have translated and used geodata
16th Annual Honor Thy Healer
May 7, 2015 at the Mill Valley Community Center
The program will highlight ZBC’s research and education programs and recognize 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.
For more info visit: http://hth.zerobreastcancer.org
2014 Honor Thy Healer Award Honorees
Thank you for joining us on the trails for our 12th Annual Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer on the beautiful Mill Valley & Mt. Tamalpais Trails on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
View the photos here!
We're grateful for your support and we hope to see you next year!
ZBC Announces New Advisory GroupZero Breast Cancer has created an advisory body to facilitate communications between breast health care providers, researchers and community representatives. Read more about the goals of this group and its members here
Girls are developing faster and entering puberty earlier than a generation ago. Contrary to popular wisdom, early puberty is not merely a reflection of physical changes-it's deeply psychological with effects that can put a girl at risk for behavioral problems as well as long term health challenges, such as obesity, depression, eating disorders, and even breast cancer.
Bay Area authors, Louise Greenspan, MD and Julianna Deardorff PhD, have published a new, groundbreaking book. Both mothers of young girls, the doctors address the question: What happens when a girl has the brain of an 8-year-old and the body of a 13-year-old? Hear their reassuring, empowering answers.
New Public Health Institute study spurs important dialogue around breast cancer in California
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
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. ”