Gift Wrap 4 a Cause 2015 – NEW LOCATION

It’s with sadness that we announce that we will not be at the Janss Marketplace this year for our annual Gift Wrap 4 a Cause Fundraiser, they were not able to accommodate us this year for unknown reasons. And while we searched for another mall, we were unable to find one…. However we have another option!!!

Yes… We have a NEW LOCATION for Gift Wrap 4 a Cause this year and it’s at…. Our UCAAN OFFICE in Thousand Oaks.

While this is a little different, it allows us to still be available to work with clients and help those that need us, while wrapping!

We do have an event page on FB: UCAAN Gift Wrap 4 a Cause


Drop off Your Gifts * We’ll Wrap Them * You Pick Up!

End of Night Drop off with Next Day Pick Up Available!

We have the LARGEST Assortment of Holiday wrapping including Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years and More. We even have Wrapping for other occasions. Photos of past Gift Wrapping events to be posted soon.


1459 East Thousand Oaks Blvd, Bldg E – Thousand Oaks 91362

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We Wrap Your Gifts for a Donation!!

We do have suggested donations, but it’s up to you what you choose to donate! Donation receipts Available upon request!

Here are our suggested donations:

Small gifts $2-$5 each  *  Medium gifts $5-$7 each * Large gifts $7-$10 each * XL gifts $10-15 each

Keep in mind we wrap and can do extra fancy wrapping on gifts. We can wrap gift cards too in creative ways! Your Gift Wrapping can include: Boxes, Tissue, Specialty/creative containers/trick packaging, wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, tags and More!

UCAAN Buy Me Love Presents….. Glitz n’ Glamour 1950’s Hollywood




Our Glitz n’ Glamour 1950’s event was a success!!

We Raised $2500 in one night! Awesome Chefs, Wineries, Breweries, Daters and an amazing team of volunteers!

Thank you Miss Alynette, Jeff Rock and Jesse Watrous for making this possible!

Thank you Christina, Cameron, Eileen, Bobbi, Sara, Maria, Sara, Jody, Doryn, Gerryl and everyone involved!


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BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Glitz n Glamour Tickets/Opportunity

Unable to Attend? Enter our Opportunity to Win a Grand Prize (To be announced) for as little as $10 an entry, as many entries as you’d like! (This option is on the Event brite link above as well!)

The GRAND PRIZE Winner will be announced at the event (You don’t need to attend to win)

You have a chance to WIN a Special Tour of the Magic Castle by one of the magicians in Hollywood, CA for 4 (Must be over 21) and a fun evening of Magic at the Famous Magic Castle!

A Special Thank you goes out to our MC Extraordinaire Miss Alynette of Q104.7 fm & Old School 95.9 fm!!  Miss Alynette MC

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Thank you Jesse Watrous of Dine.Savor.Repeat for your amazing work as a food photographer and Food Journalist and working with us at our event and with our chefs & wineries! You’re Amazing!!


Featuring Local Chefs, Wineries & Breweries!

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Chefs include: Amy Tyrell of Morsels as You Wish, Chef Gary Daniel of The Watermark in Ventura, Chef Steve of Steve’s All Occasion Catering,  & Chef Henry Martinez of a New and upcoming restaurant in Oxnard!!

Wineries Include: Magnavino Wineries in Oxnard & Giessinger Winery in Thousand Oaks

Brewery: Kingstone Walker & Poseidon Brewwery

We have a special promotional package for Chefs, Wineries and Breweries that participate in our event. If interested, please contact Rachel Shur 805-479-1032 or email


Bid on the Ladies

Bid on the Men


UCAANMove Completed!

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The day has come to start your engines and get your fitness goals in check! UCAANMove is here and registration is officially open!

(Note: We are ordering shirts as soon as registrations come in and we will be getting your address to mail you a shirt and race bib. Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and interest in supporting our cause)

Please click the link to fill out the registration form below

* Choose how you’d like to participate

* Choose your fitness activity/activities

* Set your Goals: 1) Fitness goal and 2) Monetary goal ($100 minimum)

* Pay for your registration and then you’ll get your link to set up your fundraising page!


Register Below (Online Registration):

After you’ve registered please pay for your registration, unless you are a team/group of 10 or more, we will send you a special rate. :)

UCAANMove Registration

 ** If you have any questions, Please contact us:  or  805-796-6090

Details About the Event:

What’s the benefit of a Virtual Event?

A Virtual event is an awesome way to get involved with UCAAN without having to commit to being at an event location on a specific date. We understand that people are busy and have commitments to other events on specific dates, so we decided to do an event that people would be able to participate in no matter where they live.

Did you know?

Cancer cannot live in a well oxygenated body, the same thing goes for other ailments. This is why we are promoting health through our unique fitness event #UCAANMove.

How do I get Involved?

As a Participant: You get to choose an activity:

Aerobics     Ballet     Baseball     Basketball     Biking

Boating     Bowling     Boxing     Canoeing     Cheerleading

Dance Revolution     Dancing to music     Double Dutch

Fast walking     Field Hockey     Football     Frisbee     Golf

Gymnastics     Hiking     Hockey     Hopscotch     Horseback Riding

House cleaning    Hula hooping     Ice Skating     Jogging     Juggling

Jumping rope     Kickboxing     Laser tag     Obstacle Courses     Paintball

Ping-Pong    Playing catch     Playing tag    Rock Climbing     Roller Blading

Roller Skating     Running     Skateboarding     Skiing     Soccer     Softball

Swimming     Tae Kwon Do     Tennis     Tennis, hockey, or soccer     Trampoline

Treadmill     Unicycling     Vacuuming     Volleyball     Washing Windows

Walking     Weightlifting     Wii sports games     Yoga    Zombie Walking      Zumba

Can Anyone Participate? Yes! Anyone with a Pulse can participate. This is an All Ages event!

Set a Goal. How many miles do I want to run over the next 2 months?  How many hours do you want to dance? Set a reasonable goal that UCAAN reach!

Set a Goal of how much you want to raise. We ask that you set a reasonable goal that you know you will reach, as long as it’s over the minimum amount.

Keep Track of your progress. Use one of the many fitness apps on your phone to track your progress and to share with others.  (Full list of apps available coming soon)

You’ll get a professional/fundraising page to promote, to update your goal and collect donations through.

Participate in one of our Community Fundraising Events for #UCAANMove!

Sunday June 28th, 2015: My Health Studio Bowl-A-Thon at AMF Woodlake Bowl in Woodland Hills @ 11:30am. We Raised $1,138!!! Awesome Job to all who participated!! <3

FitZone Ventura: Event and details to be determined




UCAANMove Registration


#UCAANMove Community Event

Through our 1st Annual Virtual Event UCAANMove, we’ve decided to allow people to throw their own fundraising events to be incorporated with #UCAANMove. This means if you have a club or a love for a specific activity, UCAAN create an event in your area to help reach funds as a group.

This is our First Community Event and we’re sure there are many more to come!

Sunday June 28th, 2015 @ 11:30am; My Health Studio is holding a Bowl-a-Thon at AMF Woodlake Bowl at 23130 Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills. $20 entry per person gets you your shoes and 2 hours of bowling. I’ve been told there will be an opportunity to win and more fun! If you’re a participant, UCAAN (our way of saying you can) set goals for the # of pins you hit or # of strikes you get and collect pledges from your friends as well to reach your monetary goals. Invite others! And let us know if you’d like to participate. The Contact is Esta McIntyre 818-889-3737.

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Gift Wrap 4 a Cause A Success At Janss Marketplace!!

Gift Wrap 4 a Cause Was a Success at The Janss Marketplace in the NEW LOCATION!

The EVENT was such a success that we raised above and beyond the expectations of last year! We raised $6,000!!

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                  Janss Marketplace: 215-G North Moorpark Road – Thousand Oaks                 

(In between Shoe Lab & The US Post Office)

November 28th Till December 23rd, 2014 * 10am-8pm and

December 24th, 2014 * 9am-6pm

Gifts Wrapped for a Donation. All Proceeds Benefit UCAAN and our Programs.

Want to get involved? Gift Wrappers Wanted!

805-479-1032  or

Financial Advocate Program

UCAAN has been growing slowly, but surely. With our growth spurt, we’ve changed our approach from business networking full throttle to focusing on participating in more Community Based Events. Because of this change of focus to put our concentration on those in the community to raise awareness and exposure about our cause, we’re looking to work with local residents, small businesses and companies to not only help support UCAAN but to also support members of our community.

We’ve created a unique program just for this! Announcing our Financial Advocate Program, where with your support of a one time donation of either $300 or $500, we will “work for you” and promote your business as well!

Ok, what does this mean?

For a Donation of only $300 for 6 months, you get your company information on ALL of our promotion and marketing materials: this includes brochures, event press releases, event flyers, at events, on our website, through YouTube videos and more!

For a Donation of only $500 for one year, you get all of the above, plus your business logo in event brochures, mention in newspaper and magazine articles and your logo on event banners.

But Wait!! Here’s a BONUS!

Which ever program you choose, we have our special referral program: For each person you refer, that joins as a financial advocate (for either level), you get one additional month FREE!!

So What Does the Financial Advocate Program Cover?

The Financial Advocate Program will allow us to pay the costs of running our office. Since we have no Paid staff, there are no employee costs at this time, but we’d love to be able to eventually hire on some key Team Members. In the meantime, building and sustaining our foundation, so that 100% of funds raised from other events can fully aid cancer patients through our various programs…. this needs to be covered. Your support is vital in our existence and continuation of helping the people affected by cancer NOW!

This is 100% Tax Deductible.

Choose Your Financial Advocate Level Below:

One Year Financial Advocate

6-Month Financial Advocate

UCAAN Founder Receives National Presidential Award

UCAAN founder and Thousand Oaks resident receives National Presidential Award


UCAAN Founder Rachel Shur


Local Resident Rachel Shur Receives National Presidential Volunteer Service Award for Her Work with UCAAN

 Monday June 23rd, 2014; Thousand Oaks, CA.   On Thursday June 19th, 2014 local resident Rachel Shur was surprised when a man from the United States Chaplain Service came to her UCAAN office in Thousand Oaks, Ca. With him, was local resident and cancer warrior; Debbie, who had nominated Shur for a very special award. Senior Chaplain Dan Regan was there to award Rachel Shur with a National Presidential Volunteer Service Award and to give her a signed letter from the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Shur cried within moments of hearing Mr. Regan read the letter.

Shur, a two time cancer warrior, who beat terminal leukemia in 2006 and again in 2007, is the founder and Cancer Survivor Extraordinaire of UCAAN – United Cancer Advocacy Action Network, a 501c3 organization that is 100% volunteer run in Thousand Oaks. Before Shur founded UCAAN, she volunteered her time to help other organizations and shared her cancer story at health fairs, local high schools and colleges. Eventually, it wasn’t enough for Shur and she saw what really needed to be her focus, the start of an organization unlike any other…. A One-Stop Resource organization that would help cancer patients locally and nationwide. Over the past 5 years, Shur has dedicated her time and energy into UCAAN and the people they serve: 2,575 cancer warriors, patients, survivors and their families have been helped by UCAAN and their team of volunteers.

UCAAN continues to grow, as Rachel Shur tirelessly does all that she can to help those in struggling in our community and beyond find the help they need when they need it. UCAAN’s focus is “Finding Solutions for Cancer Patients in Need Locally & Nationwide”. UCAAN has an extensive database of over 1800 organizations nationwide that offer ranges of support for those affected by cancer that they provide to patients that contact them, a personal fundraising program and locally they provide gas cards to get to treatments and fluoride trays to prevent the deterioration caused by most cancer treatments. UCAAN also hopes that within the next year they can start the following programs: UCAAN CARE Dental Program (Caries And Restorative Education), a Young Authors Therapeutic Writing Program & a Healthy Eating And Living Program (UCAAN HEAL).

UCAAN Helps anyone, any age with any form of cancer, nationwide. To find out more information about UCAAN or to make a donation, please visit: or contact the UCAAN office: 805-796-6090. To speak with Rachel Shur directly, please call or email: 805-479-1032 or

The award was presented to Rachel Shur by The United States Chaplain Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). ###



UCAAN’s Hope – Bridging the Gap

UCAAN’s Primary Focus is on Finding Solutions 4 Cancer Patients in Need Locally and Nationwide. This means we help anyone with Any type of cancer, Any age, Anywhere across the country as long as they have a Financial Need.

We are a Grassroots 501c3 non profit organization that is 100% Volunteer run, started by a woman who gets it.

When it comes to cancer, the gap between the patients and the help has only gotten worse. With more organizations cutting entire funding programs to focus on preventative and research, which is great… the biggest question is – Who is helping the patients when they need it most?

All Affected July 2014

The Founder of UCAAN understands and faced some of the struggles that other patients do now, except the gap is even bigger.

Rachel Shur, a two-time terminal leukemia survivor experienced first hand what it was like to face cancer head on and because of her own personal experience and struggles, she started UCAAN to help those who needed it most, when they needed it. Rachel and UCAAN isn’t another Organization to say “No we can’t help you.” Instead they find any way possible to help.

Here’s a Recent Video by our Cancer Survivor Extraordinaire & Executive Director, Rachel Shur