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 over $5.8 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 and their collaborative partners.

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.


“The support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama has been key to the success of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center's breast cancer research program, now recognized among the premier research programs in the United States. This longstanding partnership between the Cancer Center and BCRFA has provided our investigators with the resources to accelerate discovery and translate new knowledge into meaningful therapies for all types of breast cancer including the difficult-to-treat triple negative breast cancer.

In 2014, we recognized the immense contribution that the BCRFA has made by naming our central atrium in the newly renovated Wallace Tumor Institute 'The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Atrium.' We look forward to a future of new discovery and the elimination of breast cancer as a public health program, all in partnership with BCRFA.”

- Dr. Edward Partridge, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

Why We Fund Research

It's Personal

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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 breast cancer research programs in Alabama 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.

Funds raised by the BCRFA remain in Alabama, supporing local research, which in turn 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.

90% of funds received by the BCRFA go to support our mission of raising awareness and funding for breast cancer research in Alabama. For further information on how the BCRFA stewards the resourced received from our supporters, please review copies of our latest Financial Audit and Form 990.



2015 Board of Directors

SEATED L TO R: Bruce Sokol (Co-Founder), Dianne Mooney, Kate Kiefer, Carol Sue Nelson, Cathy Friedman, Emily Bates and Amy Nance

STANDING L TO R: Jill Carter, Rosalind Griffin, Kate DeWitt Darden, Joyce Crawford Mitchell, Jill Crawford, Anne-Michelle Barnett, Cherri Ellis, Marion Walker, Jason Harpe, Kay Meacham and Tom Robertshaw

Board Members Not Pictured: Kimberly Comer, Dr. Andres Forero, Brian Grainger, Melinda Mathews, Carol Myers, Camper O'Neal, Amy Passey, Dr. Heidi Umphrey, Mary Welden and Shaela Wise. Directors Emeritus Not Pictured: Charles E. Baker, Susie H. Denson Dolly O'Neal (Co-Founder) and Betsy L. Printz.

2015 Board Officers

  • Kate Kiefer, BCRFA President
    Southern Living (Retired)
  • Jill Carter, BCRFA Vice President
  • Jason Harpe, BCRFA Treasurer
    Partner, Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC
  • Jill Crawford, BCRFA Secretary
    Community Advocate
  • Anne-Michelle Barnett, BCRFA At-Large Member
    BBVA Compass
  • Camper O'Neal, BCRFA At-Large Member
    Merrill Lynch


2015 Board of Directors

  • Emily Bates, Director of Marketing
    Sirote & Permutt, PC
  • Kimberly F. Comer, Director of Administrative Services
  • Jill Carter, Senior IT/Network Design
  • Kate DeWitt Darden, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
    Batist Health System
  • Cherri Ellis, Senior Creative Services Manager
    Charter Media
  • Dr. Jessica De Los Santos, Associate Professor, Dept. of Radation/Oncology
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 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
  • Melinda Mathews, Attorney
    Sirote & Permutt
  • Kay Meacham, Community Advocate
  • Joyce Crawford Mitchell, Retired College Professor and Social Worker
  • Carol Myers, VP and Senior Wealth Management Advisor
    Merrill Lynch
  • Amy E. Nance, Oncology Sales Representative
  • Carol Sue Nelson
    Jefferson County Attorney
  • Amy Gilmore Passey, Community Advocate
  • Tom Robertshaw, Consultant
    Do Something, LLC
  • Dr. Heidi Umphrey, Associate Professor, Breast Imaging Section Chief
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 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