Kelly Eastwood and Vembra HolnagelIf you get a chance, please visit the SOPFCA home page and watch our new video, which does a great job of introducing our mission and our foundation. The video features Kelly Eastwood, a woman who has been integral in supporting our organization and who understands the challenge of a breast cancer diagnosis all too well.

In 2014, Kelly was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. Throughout all of these trials, Kelly was able to rely on a good health insurance policy, a supportive family, and a close-knit network of friends who helped to keep her positive. During her treatments, she met many other women who were not so fortunate.

“It’s kind of IMG_0758weird to say, but when you think of dying, you wonder what you’ve done with your life. You feel like you need to make the world a better place,” Kelly told us.

Even as Kelly continues to recover from her cancer treatment, she has thrown herself, body and soul into supporting SOPFCA. Though her treatment kept her from participating in our Racing for the Pink 5k race last year, she collected donations for the event. She also regularly volunteers in our office, helping us to stay organized and reviewing grant applications.


Kelly is a mother of two who has lived in San Diego for nine years. She and her husband have been married for 28 years! She is currently in remission, and a recent bone scan came back clear.

“I feel like I’m just getting started,” she told us.