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BoyzABC Events Coordinator Jasmine Becerra (left), Athletic Director Leah Stevens and founder and President David Fineman (right) present UCSF Breast Cancer Director Dr. Hope Rugo (second from right) with a $45,000 check raised at the 2023 Lap-A-Thon. Photo courtesy of BoyzABC

In 2012, David Fineman found out that his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then a seventh-grader at Mill Valley Middle School, he wanted to help but wasn’t sure how. So he and best friend Ryan Hemmeterf rallied a group of their friends and organized a basketball fundraiser, “March Madness Makes a Difference.” The free throw shooting event proved successful and BoyzABC was born.
Twelve years later, Fineman and his friends continue their efforts including a fund that provides financial support for families in need that have been impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis.
“In the past two years the fund has assisted more than 50 families with monies for food, child care, transportation and shelter,” said Fineman’s father, Dr. Jeff Fineman, professor and vice chair of pediatrics
at UCSF.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12, BoyzABC will hold a swimming Lap-A-Thon at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. The event will feature Leah Stevens, a former Stanford All-American swimmer, several past and current Olympic and World Championship swimmers. KNBR’s Brian Murphy will host the event.
“It’s a great cause all started by a group of Mill Valley boys — now young men — who are really having an impact, both in supporting cancer research and more recently, assisting families in need,” Dr. Fineman said.
For more information and to register for the event,

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