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Our Hep B Heroes

2012 Calendar

Spread awareness of Hep B all year long. Give the 2012 Hep B Free calendar to your friends and family this holiday season!

Thank you to our Calendar Sponsors: Chinese Hospital, Subaru of America, California Pacific Medical Center, and Stephen Ng!

The 2012 Hep B Free calendar titled "Everyday Hep B Heroes" features 12 striking Asian Americans from the Bay Area, each of whom are carriers, survivors, people with family or friends who have had Hep B, or those who are actively involved in helping to raise awareness of the disease. Both profound captions and poignant personal quotes fill the pages of each month's spread, in addition to alarming statistics of the effects of the disease and its prevalence among the Asian Pacific Islander community.

Hep B Heroes are amongst us and they are making a difference in the hepatitis B free movement in their daily lives. The 2nd annual Hep B Free Calendar entitled "Hep B Heroes" celebrates 12 such remarkable Asian Americans of Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese descent that are all raising public awareness for Hepatitis B. Whether it's through their occupation, advocacy work, or volunteering, each month features a different hero in their element complete with cape or heroic B emblem, along with a personal quote on what they are doing for the cause.

The calendar also features the alarming statistics of the effects of the disease and its prevalence among the Asian Pacific Islander community. One in 10 Asian and Pacific Islanders are affected by hepatitis B.

Some of the heroes include California Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Fiona Ma honorary spokesperson for the Hep B Free campaign, Congressman Mike Honda, who has been working on several pieces of hepatitis legislation, and ABC 7 anchor and reporter Alan Wang who has been using his access to the media to inform the public about the disease.

"I've lost two uncles and a grandfather to liver cancer, and had no idea they were hepatitis B related until I discovered I was chronically infected with the disease. My mother has hepatitis B and all of my siblings were also infected at birth," says Wang. "I have been sharing my story to help dispel any cultural barriers and misconceptions people may have about hepatitis B."

The AsianWeek Foundation and San Francisco Hep B Free produced the calendar, which was shot by L.A.-based photographer Shane Sato. Make up and hair was provided by Erika Jeziel Eugenio, Flor Corral, Jennifer Toy, and Timothy Perkins while Al Perez provided the creative design for the project.

"The calendar is a fun and creative way to highlight how anyone can be a Hep B hero and to spread awareness of hepatitis B 365 days of the year!" said Ted Fang, AsianWeek Foundation Director and co-founder of SF Hep B Free. "We hope everyone will be inspired to be a Hep B hero and see a doctor who tests for hepatitis B!"

Calendars cost $10 each, plus $3 for shipping and handling. All proceeds will go towards ending hepatitis B disease and liver cancer. To purchase a calendar, contact Carrolyn Kubota at (415) 373-4003 or email: ckubota@awfoundation.com.

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