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Wine Women & Song




Saturday, October 18th 6:00-10:00pm, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael

MILL VALLEY, Calif., (09/30/14) – Featuring music composed or made famous by artists who've battled breast cancer, and performed by some of the Bay Area's finest singers and musicians, Wine, Women & Song is a raucous rock n’ roll concert and dance party that raises money for the fight against breast cancer. This year’s celebration takes place SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Produced by event founder and local performer Susan Zelinsky and the Harbor Point Charitable Foundation, the $50.00 general admission ticket includes passed hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and a signature drink bar, as well as dancing, raffle, and silent and live auctions. The $75.00 Premium ticket also includes a scrumptious buffet catered by Piazza D'Angelo of Mill Valley.  Renee Richardson, KFOG 104.5FM Morning Host, will act as MC and Auctioneer. Last year the event attracted more than 200 guests and raised more than $40,000 for To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation and Zero Breast Cancer. Tickets can be purchased at or 415-383-6114.

Susan Zelinsky established the event in 1998 after both her mother and stepmother were diagnosed with cancer. “These concerts began as a way for me to do something positive while my mother battled breast cancer. In addition to helping my loved ones, I found I could make a substantial difference for other cancer patients and increase awareness in people who knew little or nothing about the disease.” To date, she has raised over $140,000 for local charities focused on breast cancer research, treatment and support.

Bob Kaliski, Chair of the Harbor Charitable Foundation, states “This evening is a celebration of the indomitable spirit of the women and men who have battled breast cancer. The proceeds from the event will fund mammograms for Bay Area residents who might not otherwise be able to afford them, and continued research into the causes of this insidious disease.  We are especially grateful to Marin General Hospital, our primary sponsor, and Piazza D'Angelo for their generous contribution to the event.”


To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundationisan all-volunteer organization thatgrants financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that providedirect services and support to peoplein the Bay Area living with breast

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.


Marin General Hospital provides exceptional health care services in a compassionate and healing environment, and delivers superior clinical outcomes in a sustainable, state-of-the-art facility.


The Harbor Point Charitable Foundation facilitates increased funding and awareness of adult health issues by supporting Bay Area organizations that educate, conduct research and provide help to those experiencing a health crisis, and provides funding for organizations increasing the quality of life for Bay Area children through education, health care and social enrichment programs.

Earlier Onset of Puberty in Girls Linked to Obesity

In 2003, Zero Breast Cancer collaborated with scientists from Kaiser Division of Research and UCSF to establish a Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program which was funded by the National Institute of Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute. Zero Breast Cancer is chair of the Community Outreach and Translational Core (COTC) and is responsible for bringing the community voice into the research and disseminating the research findings back to the community. We have been an integral part of the CYGNET study. In 2012, Zero Breast Cancer received funding to establish a Youth Advisory Board to allow study participants the opportunity to provide input into the research and to learn more about research process and the CYGNET study.

Read more: Earlier Onset of Puberty in Girls Linked to Obesity

Zero Breast Cancer One of Eight Local Breast Cancer Organizations Receiving Grants

11th Annual San Francisco Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Raises More Than $4.2 Million




San Francisco, Calif., September 29, 2013 - The 11th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancerseason continued with the Avon Walk San Francisco this weekend, raising more than $4.2 million to advance access to care and funding breast cancer prevention and treatment research. The Avon Walk San Francisco attracted nearly 2,000 participants from over 40 states and Washington, D.C. in addition to Canada, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. Additionally, 283 breast cancer survivors and 215 men joined together to raise life-saving funds and awareness for breast cancer.









Read more: Zero Breast Cancer One of Eight Local Breast Cancer Organizations Receiving Grants

Healers, Researchers & Leaders Honored by Zero Breast Cancer

May 15, 2013

HTHhonoreesSAN RAFAEL, CA - Zero Breast Cancer, a community non-profit organization based in Marin County, honored nine individuals, organizations and businesses for their contributions to understanding breast cancer and the healing process, and for leadership in improving the community's health. 

The awards were presented at the 14th Annual Honor Thy Healer program on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Mill Valley Community Center. Tom Scott, Director of Global Branding and Innovation at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation served as Honorary Chair and Keynote Speaker. Executive director Janice Barlow highlighted breast cancer and the environment research progress in the Bay Area and nationally. Two hundred attendees included business and healthcare leaders, honoree associates and prior honorees, public officials, breast cancer advocates and community members.

Read more: Healers, Researchers & Leaders Honored by Zero Breast Cancer

Zero Breast Cancer applauds Angelina Jolie's preventative double mastectomy

Angelina-Jolie-Covers-TIME-Magazine-e1368660188176Janice Barlow, executive director of the San Rafael nonprofit Zero Breast Cancer, said what Jolie did is not unusual for women who learn they carry the BRCA1 gene. "People who carry the gene have a significantly increased risk of both ovarian and breast cancer," Barlow said. "It's not uncommon for women given that information to have a double mastectomy and have their ovaries removed."



Read more: Zero Breast Cancer applauds Angelina Jolie's preventative double mastectomy

Doctors to Notify of Risk of Cancer

mammogramdensityStarting April 1st, doctors are required by a new state law to notify women with dense breast tissue that they could be at increased risk for breast cancer. Zero Breast Cancer's Executive Director Janice Barlow and other Marin experts weigh in on why they hope the law won't cause unnecessary stress for women.

Read more: at the Marin Independent Journal




IBCERCC Report Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention

ibcercc-reportOn Tuesday, February 12, 2013 the federally mandated Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC), released its report, Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention. This report is a call to action to develop a national strategy to increase research in breast cancer prevention with a focus on how environmental factors affect the development of the breast across a woman's lifespan and her risk of breast cancer. The report offers seven recommendations to highlight the urgent need for coordinated, targeted efforts to identify and mitigate the environmental causes of breast cancer.

Read more: IBCERCC Report Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention

Zero Breast Cancer is a proud member of the California Breast Cancer Mapping Project

breastcancermappingprojectphotoOn Tuesday, November 27, 2012 the Public Health Institute released a study that spurs important dialogue around breast cancer in California. The California Breast Cancer Mapping Project was funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program of the University of California to explore the feasibility of mapping areas in the state with elevated breast cancer rates in a manner that is useful to diverse stakeholders. Multi-disciplinary staff affiliated with the Public Health  Institute recruited an advisory group (AG) of breast cancer advocates, clinicians, and public health practitioners to develop a mapping protocol that would identify geographic areas most impacted by breast cancer.

Read more: Zero Breast Cancer is a proud member of the California Breast Cancer Mapping Project

Honor Thy Healer 2013 - Call for Award Nominations

November 20, 2012
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Zero Breast Cancer invites 2013 Honor Thy Healer award nominations

(San Rafael, Calif) --- Zero Breast Cancer, a community non-profit organization based in Marin County, invites nominations from the public for the Healing Professional and Healing Partner awards to be presented at the Honor Thy Healer dinner and awards program on Thursday, May 9th 2013, at the Mill Valley Community Center. Attendees will include breast cancer survivors and supporters, public officials, business and professional leaders, honorees and associates, community members and friends of Zero Breast Cancer.

Read more: Honor Thy Healer 2013 - Call for Award Nominations