NOURISH Member Spotlight: Mary Hardin

Continued from the NOURISH newsletter:

Mary and Terry HardinNOURISH is proud to have many incredible members.  Mary Hardin is one of them.  Mary and her husband Terry have been working in Santa Cruz to fight cancer with the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group since the mid-1990s. If you have admired the fresh and beautiful flowers here, Mary is probably to thank.  She routinely brings us flowers from her garden.  In January of 1999, on his 24th birthday and first day at UCSC, Mary’s precious son Skye,  a well-known member of the local  surf community, was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma. In July, six months later, after months of suffering and a valiant fight, he succumbed to this disease.  His courageous battle provided inspiration to many.  As Mary says, “I personally also channeled my grief through planting a Skye Garden at my house on the corner of Bay and Anthony. It helped me to create what I call “flower prayers” directed to Skye in his new world. It literally was a life saver. I hope it reflects Skye’s light from the other side into this world. He is still  very much present in our day to day lives. I really enjoy bringing flowers to Nourish from ‘us’.”
Mary's son Skye“With profound respect for his courage throughout his illness, to further his stated  personal wish throughout his journey for us to help others suffering with cancer, and to channel our unrelenting grief into something positive, we became even more involved with SCCBG. We also wanted to continue to pay back our community for the selfless acts of love and support that we received in our time of crisis,” Mary has said about her work with SCCBG.  One of the organization’s endeavors was to partner with Dr. James Beckett and his team of Santa Cruz County based volunteer dermatologists to provide free skin screenings and treatment information at surf and other outdoor events throughout the county. The pavilion within which the doctors perform the screenings was christened by SCCBG as the “Skye Tent,” to honor Skye’s memory.
Mary, Terry, and their fellows at SCCBG are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community by raising money to support our beneficiary organizations, and fund new research that will provide possible cures and better solutions for treating cancer. This non-profit organization accomplishes these activities
by raising community consciousness through events supported by our partners.

This year was the 15th year of SCCBG’s mission to bring relief to those suffering from cancer. The success of 2009’s events (Spring Forward Against Cancer at the Chaminade, and Gourmet Grazing on the Green at Aptos Park) pushed SCCBG over the $1 million mark for total funds raised!  Just last month,  SCCBG  handed out $75,000 worth of funding to our recipients We awarded these funds to our recipients:  Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, Katz Cancer Resource Center, UCSC Cancer Research, and WomenCARE.

SCCBG’s next event is:Grazing on the  Green

Gourmet Grazing on the Green

Food & Wine Festival
September 25, 2010, 12-5 pm
Aptos Village Park

For more information on how to participate in this worthy event and to help a good cause, please click HERE

Check out SCCBG’s website by clicking HERE, or by visiting  The website has information about upcoming events, as well as volunteer and donation information.  The organization can always use donated items to be raffled or auctioned off at their events.  SCCBG’s Event Director Jeni Brill can be reached at (831) 246-2665 or

How NOURISH Celebrates Summer 101

On August 29th, NOURISH had its first annual Family Picnic for its staff at Frederick Street Park. This picnic celebrated not just summer but also family, friends, and good food. We had a lot of fun playing wiffle ball, Apples-to-Apples (a word association game), and just hanging out and relaxing together outside of work. We also got to meet Greg and Carmelite’s little one, Aidric, who was adorable! All in all, the picnic was a lot of fun and we all enjoyed spending time with our NOURISH family. We’re definitely looking forward to next year!

An Update From Ant (that British guy who worked on reception)

Hello everyone,

I promised Victor I would write updates on my move to Southern California so you could all know how I was doing… and I’ve been neglectful. Part of the reason was that I did not have a whole lot to report but now I do, so here goes…

After moving down to Pomona at the end of May I quickly high-tailed it over to England to spend five weeks with my family and friends. I was welcomed by an unprecedented period of wonderful weather which meant I got to eat plenty of meals with family outside in the sunshine. It only rained twice while I was over there! I spent a lot of the time relaxing on the couch and watching the World Cup. It was great to see Africa host its first tournament but we all know England didn’t beat the USA and got knocked out by the Germans… so we’ll move on.

My family have recently moved from the city of Leeds to a small village not so conveniently located in the middle of nowhere; somewhere between Leeds and York. It meant I was subject to my first bout of hay fever since I was about seven as my body adjusted to the country air. Fortunately that only took a few days but for those of you who suffer more extreme symptoms, here’s a country tip… local honey. My mum, a chronic sufferer, was told to eat local honey every day and sure enough, her symptoms disappeared and she stopped taking allergy pills. It’s all something to do with the bees and local pollen and your bod building up a resistance through the honey. I thought that was kind of cool…

When I returned to California I set about finding employment while my wife got on with Medical School (she’s kicking ass, by the way) and it was a frustrating and drawn out experience. I quickly discovered most of Hollywood did not care about my experience working in the British film industry and what’s more, it turns out there are like millions of people also wanting to work in Film and TV!

However, I persevered. I started doing an internship for a small production company (working for free), commuting into L.A. two days a week and began looking for a part-time job to pay the bills. The thing is, Pomona is like a giant strip mall (most of Southern California is) and I was thrown off by the lack of cool locally owned-businesses. Also, it turns out there are like millions of people also wanting to make money. Needless to say, I missed Santa Cruz and NOURISH more than ever.

I struggled along, filled out countless applications, shook a lot of strangers hands and waited for the phone to ring… and for a long time it didn’t.

Then, at the end of last week, things started happening. I got calls. I got job offers. Olive Garden offered me a job as a server, which I took, and I am now completing the training program (I spent the day tasting appetizers and learning about wine!) Even better, the internship has been turned into a job. I am now the Associate Producer on Hollywood clip show that promises to be very wacky. It’s a pilot, so things are very much in progress, but it’s a start and even if it doesn’t get picked up I can tell people I was once a Hollywood producer.

So there we go. That’s pretty much it. My wife had a few days off and I actually got to the beach and hear the ocean again last weekend. It isn’t Santa Cruz, but Southern California ain’t so bad.