By Carla Thomas
If Faith Fancher could have lived to see how the community has rallied together in the fight against breast cancer, she would be proud.
The energy and sense of camaraderie was in the air to celebrate the life of Bay Area broadcast heroine Faith Fancher and fight the epidemic of breast cancer at the 6th annual Friends of Faith Breast Cancer Challenge Walk-A-Thon at Lake Merritt last Saturday morning.
The Bay Area’s top broadcasters, friends, family and fans were there to share their time and commitment to their dear deceased colleague while raising much needed funds to increase awareness and help uninsured women can receive the cancer preventative screenings that are available to the insured.
Though the broadcasters led their own teams, such as Rita Williams’ Only One Two team, during the walk- a-thon they walked together in a prideful unison including KRON-4 News’ Pam Moore, KISS FM’s Renel Brooks Moon, NBC 11’s Janice Edwards and Cheryl Hurd, CBS 5 retiree Barbara Rogers, KQED journalist Belva Davis and KGO TV 7s’ Carolyn Tyler.
Fancher’s husband William Drummond reminisced about his wife’s life as we casually walked the lake.
“She had limitless appetite for enjoying herself,” he said. “She was my social director, lifetime companion. We entertained every week. She had this inexhaustible energy for entertaining, laughing, joking and enjoying music. That is what I miss the most.”
Drummond, a West Oakland native, has been a ghostwriter and journalist for publications like the LA Times, and served as bureau chief and editor in New Delhi and Jerusalem in the 1970s. He is currently a professor of journalism at UC Berkeley on sabbatical.
He remembers Faith’s six-year battle with cancer and knows her larger legacy lives on through the foundation, their daughter, Oakland Tribune columnist Tamara Lynn Drummond and 5-year-old granddaughter Nina.