Funding Research. Saving Lives.

Funding Research. Saving Lives.


Who We Are

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama

In December of 1995, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center introduced two people who had a shared experience with breast cancer. Dolly O'Neal, an 18-month breast cancer survivor, was one of those people. The other was Bruce Sokol, whose wife D. D. was undergoing breast cancer treatment at the time. Both shared a fervent desire to do something to fight this disease.

The following year, they founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, and have since raised nearly $4.5 million to fund research for a cure.

Our Mission: “To help find a cure for breast cancer by funding promising Breast Cancer Research and to motivate community awareness and funding for that research.”


What We Do

Funding Research for a Cure

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama raises funding for cutting-edge breast cancer research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Our research dollars allow the UAB CCC to successfully compete and receive sought-after and sustaining grant dollars, recruit and retain world-class breast cancer researchers, and seize every opportunity for groundbreaking discovery.

“Even in tough economic times, the BCRFA is a beacon of light for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. We couldn’t do the caliber of research we do without the funding that they tirelessly raise for us. The competition for research funding is so stiff, many researchers are tempted to walk away from work they have devoted most of their lives to, just when they may be on the brink of the next big discovery. For researchers like these, BCRFA funding is essential in propelling them forward and continuing the work that must be done to fight cancer.

The BCRFA is relentless in their philanthropic efforts to support the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s breast cancer research programs. They understand that the key to defeating breast cancer lies within research, and that the work they do will ultimately benefit all breast cancer patients. That’s something we can all be proud of.”

- Dr. Edward Partridge, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

Why We Fund Research

It's Personal

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boys and mothers 

Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosis in American women. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

As heartbreaking as these statistics are, we have great cause for hope. Thirty years ago, four out of five breast cancer patients lost their lives to this disease. Today, that statistic is reversed, with four out of five patients winning the battle against breast cancer. There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors currently living in the United States.

Clinicians, scientists, and advocates who work to secure the resources necessary to eliminate cancer as a major public health concern share in this success. The partnership between the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is a shining example of the progress that can be made and the lives that can be saved when people work together in true collaboration.

To the BCRFA and our supporters, one out of five losing their battle is one too many.


How We Fund Research

Your Support Saves Lives!

The BCRFA provides funding to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center through Event Sponsorships, Corporate and Individual Donations, Community Fundraising and through the sale of our “Funding Research…Saving Lives” specialty Alabama license plates for vehicles and motorcycles.

By donating its proceeds to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center*, the BCRFA allows funds to remain in Alabama. The Foundation takes great pride in knowing that the money raised is used locally, although it makes a national impact.

Effective stewardship of our donations creates a multiplier effect. The UAB CCC uses the BCRFA donations as “seed money” to attract grant funding that turns every one dollar donated into 16 dollars!
*The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of 16 national academic medical centers that make up the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium.
Key Fact: The Consortium is 100% philanthropy-funded. The Comprehensive Cancer Center members work collaboratively and rely on philanthropic seed dollars to secure sustaining grant money. Funding is targeted to translate basic discoveries into new cancer treatments.


2014 Board of Directors

SEATED L TO R: Kay Meacham, Shaela Wise, Dolly O’Neal, Carol Sue Nelson, Dianne Mooney, Kate Darden, Carol Myers and Melinda Mathews

STANDING L TO R: Brian Grainger, Amy Passey, Dr. Andres Forero, Jill Crawford, Rosalind Griffin, Bruce Sokol, Jill Carter, Jason Harpe, Emily Bates, Cherri Ellis, Camper O’Neal, Kim Comer and Tom Robertshaw

Board Members Not Pictured: Anne-Michelle Barnett, Dr. Jennifer DeLosSantos, Kate Kiefer, Dr. Helen Krontiras, Dr. Sharon Spencer and Mary Welden.
Directors Emeritus Not Pictured: Charles E. Baker, Susie H. Denson, Cathy O. Friedman, Betsy L. Printz, and Marion Walker.

2014 Board Officers

  • Carol Sue Nelson, BCRFA President
    Jefferson County Attorney
  • Kate DeWitt Darden, BCRFA Vice President
    VP Marketing and Communications, BHS
  • Jason Harpe, BCRFA Treasurer
    Partner, Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC
  • Carol Myers, BCRFA Secretary
    VP and Senior Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch

2014 Board of Directors

  • Jill Crawford, Community Advocate
    Jefferson County Attorney
  • Anne-Michelle Barnett, Regional Loan Administrator, Commercial Real Estate
    BBVA Compass
  • Emily Bates, Director of Marketing
    Sirote & Permutt, PC
  • Carol Myers, BCRFA Secretary
    VP and Senior Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Jill Carter, Senior IT/Network Design
  • Kimberly F. Comer, Director of Administrative Services
  • Cherri Ellis, Senior Creative Services Manager
    Charter Media
  • Dr. Andres Forero, Professor, Hematology/Oncology Director
    Clinical Studies Shared Facility UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center/ Kirklin Clinic
  • Brian Grainger, Certified Public Accountant
    Horton, Lee, Burnett, Peacock, Cleveland, & Grainger, P.C
  • Rosalind Griffin, Contract Supervisor
    Alabama Power
  • Kate Kiefer, Associate Marketing Director
    Southern Living (Retired)
  • Dr. Helen Krontiras, Associate Professor Surgery, Co-Director
    UAB Breast Health Center
  • Melinda Mathews, Attorney
    Sirote & Permutt
  • Kay Meacham, Community Advocate
  • E. Camper O'Neal, Senior Financial Advisor, Vice-President
    Merrill Lynch
  • Amy Gilmore Passey, Community Advocate
  • Tom Robertshaw, Consultant
    Do Something, LLC
  • Dr. Sharon Spencer, Professor of Radiation Oncology
    UAB Radiation Oncology Chair Office
  • Mary Welden, Community Advocate
  • Shaela Wise, Service Lane Manager
    Tameron Honda

Ex Officio

  • Dianne Mooney, Ex Officio
    Executive Director and Founder (Retired) Southern Living at Home

Directors Emeritus

  • Charles E. Baker, Community Advocate
  • Susie H. Denson, Community Advocate
  • Cathy O. Friedman, City Ad Specialties
  • Dolly A. O’Neal, BCRFA Co-Founder
  • Betsy L. Printz, Owner, Betsy Prince, Inc.
  • Bruce Sokol, BCRFA Co-Founder
  • Marion F. Walker, Attorney