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

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