University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Bras for the Cause

Bras for the Cause, an annual fundraising walk put on by The Tri-Valley SOCKs (Stepping Out for Cancer Kures), has been raising money for breast cancer research at UCSF since 2010.  Since 2012 a team representing the Breast Oncology Program has participated in the walk.

The latest: 2017

from Malinda Walker, Breast Oncology Program Manager
On April 29th a group of UCSF walkers and cheerers participated in the 2017 Tri Valley SOCKs annual Bras for the Cause event. The SOCKs have been making contributions to the UCSF Breast Oncology Program since 2010, and we have been participating in their event since 2012.

Over the years the gifts from the SOCKs have varied from $35,000 to $75,000, adding up to $436,000 given to support breast cancer developmental research at UCSF. The donation from this year’s event will be given in June.

Kristen Demeduk Amaral gave a wonderful advocates perspective at our last research retreat. The talk is powerful, motivational and inspirational. It will take less than 10 minutes of your time.

Why do we walk? It’s not just to support the wonderful group of women, all volunteers, who make the event happen. It’s also because it is rewarding to participate, interact, and just have fun. This year the UCSF SOCK BOPers raised over $5,000. It felt wonderful to be recognized as one of the top fundraising groups participating in the event. Over the years UCSF BOP members who have walked have commented on how great it was to get out and interact with members of the community. Everyone who meets them agrees that the SOCKs are wonderful ladies.

Please consider signing up early for next year’s event, for the bargain registration rate of $20. The walk was less than a week ago, and our team already have five members! You can take that as confirmation that it is worth doing.

You can join by clicking here and then clicking on “join our team”. More information and photos are online at

View previous walks here

Photos by Jeffrey Van Haren