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TPC hosts Bras for a Cause

Ninth annual fundraising event raises awareness for breast cancer

Posted: October 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Soroptimist International of SCV President Sandi Naba introduces breast cancer awareness speaker Carole Hunt during Bras for a Cause event held at Tournament Players Club.

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The ninth annual Bras for a Cause fundraiser presented by Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley attracted more than 100 attendees on Sunday to the Tournament Players Club in Valencia to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

More than 20 examples of lingerie art were up for auction and many included gift certificates and other prizes.

A handmade wall quilt by master quilters and sisters Robin Rose and Bonnie Stetson was also offered in the live auction.

Rose is also a breast cancer survivor.

The quilt featured panels of frilly lingerie on a white background and attracted much interest prior to the live auction.

“We’re hoping for a great turnout,” said Sandi Naba, President of Soroptimist International of SCV. “We’re saluting the armed forces, teachers, doctors, nurses — all our heroes.”

Naba said proceeds from the event will benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center on the campus of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Circle of Hope, Inc. breast cancer support group and Soroptimist International.

Patti Golding, co-chairwoman of the event with Kaye Cruger, said the theme, Bras for a Cause Salutes Our Hometown Heroes.

“We are saluting our hometown heroes as well as breast cancer survivors,” Golding said. “Hopefully as the years go on, there will be even more survivors.”

Golding’s son, David Wenzel, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class, was honored at the event.

Also honored were teacher Hillary Hall, nurse Tanya Velasquez and Ms. United States America Terry Smith.

Carole Hunt, the 2012 Henry Mayo Newhall Health Foundation breast cancer awareness speaker, gave emotional testimony on the importance of mammograms and her battle with cancer.

Hunt, an LAPD detective, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

“As usual, I scheduled my annual mammogram at the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital,” Hunt said. “This time I knew something was not right, and not unexpectedly, I received a letter to return for another mammogram and an ultrasound.

“Then it began. The day before my 51st birthday, I received a needle biopsy that would lead to the diagnosis of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. The news knocked me to my knees.”

Hunt became emotional as she told the crowd about her reaction to her diagnosis.

“It takes a lot to knock me down,” she said. “I am a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. I have been on the force for 21 years, working uniform patrol, answering 911 calls, and seeing all kinds of evil. I consider myself a strong woman. I know my limitations, but I don’t back away from a fight. However, nothing prepared me for cancer.”

Hunt said she geared up for the fight of her life.

“One thing you take away from your experience in the police academy is to never give up,” she said.

After chemotherapy and radiation, Hunt is hopeful she has put cancer behind her.

“Early detection is key to survival. Life happens. I am cancer free. I am alive,” she said.

Naba said since the club began sponsoring the Bras for a Cause event it has raised more than $180,000 to help fund breast cancer initiatives and support women in the SCV as they go through treatment and recovery.

In 2002, a $10,000 donation to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center allowed the center to complete an exam room. The room is named after the club. In 2009, another $10,000 donation was made to the Breast Imaging Center to help purchase state-of-the-art breast imaging equipment, Naba said.

For information about Soroptimist International of SCV visit or call membership chair Sue Boscamp, 661-476-0197.



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