BoyzABC was started early in 2013 by two 7th graders at Mill Valley Middle School (MVMS), David Fineman and Ryan Hemmeter, when David found out that his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. David and Ryan rallied a group of their friends to organize a basketball fundraiser called “March Madness Makes a Difference”, a free throw shooting event with all proceeds going to the Hugo Breast Cancer Research Fund at UCSF, which supports women with breast cancer in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2013, the organization has grown to include more girls and boys and more events.
David (Left) and Ryan (RIGHT) at UCSF
Above: Ryan and David presenting proceeds to UCSF Breast Cancer Research Fund
DAVID FINEMAN Founder and Chairman
David Fineman is currently a college freshman. Throughout high school, David had a successful baseball career as a shortstop, and will continue playing this coming spring in college.
Lori Fineman is a stage three breast cancer survivor. She is also a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Jeff Fineman is the Professor and Vice Chair, Division Chief of Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF.
RYAN HEMMETER Founder and Co-chairman
Ryan Hemmeter is also a college freshman. His primary sport in high school was basketball.
OWEN BRASS Executive Director
Owen Brass is a junior at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. He played Freshman and JV baseball. After high school, he plans on studying mechanical engineering in college.
Molly Hemmeter is CEO of Landec Corporation, a public company focused on innovating healthy living products in the food and biomaterial markets.