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Our Mission

To help find a cure for breast cancer by funding promising Breast Cancer Research in Alabama and to raise community awareness and funding for that research.



The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama

In December of 1995, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB 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.

Today, we continue to uphold their work as we partner with Alabamians across the state to fundraise for research. Through individual donations, corporate partnerships, and special events, we have contributed over $12 million to fund research for a cure since our organization began.

As we support breast cancer patients and survivors across the state, we work to always operate with our mission in mind.



1 in 8 women are diagnosed in their lifetimes

1 in 1,000 men are diagnosed in their lifetimes

Over $12 million invested in Alabama-based research

93% of BCRFA funds support our mission


1 in 8 women are diagnosed in their lifetimes

1 in 1,000 men are diagnosed in their lifetimes

Almost $11 million raised for research by the BCRFA 

93% of BCRFA funds support our mission


What Are Our Goals? 

Receive sought-after and sustaining grant dollars
Recruit and retain world-class breast cancer researchers
Seize every opportunity for groundbreaking discovery

O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

This funding we provide to our partners allows researchers 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 O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is one of the leading national academic medical centers that make up the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium, which is 100% philanthropy-funded. The effective stewardship of our donations to this organization & their partners creates a multiplier effect, using the BCRFA donations as “seed money” to attract grant funding – turning every one dollar donated into 16 dollars!

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


We are passionate about raising funds and awareness to find solutions for breast cancer treatment.


Wright Wiggins Rouse
Marketing & Communications Director
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Brandy Key
Events Coordinator
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Sonja Jordan
Administrative Assistant
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2022 Board of Directors

Laura Hinton

Philip Passafiume
Vice President

Brian Grainger

Mauricio Papapietro

Maudie Darby Bedford

Sandra Little Brown

Gloria Buie

Meredith Woods Carpenter

Jill N. Carter

Celya L. Caston

Fran Chaiprakob

Vivian Weaver Davis

Diane Dudney

James L. Dye

Gary Johnson

Kate Kiefer

Ginger Milam

Carol Sue Mitchell

Cathleen Moore

Wendy Paschal

Ryan Ramage

Dr. Caroline Reich

Greg Schumann

George Shaw

Renee Steed

George C. Thompson, Jr.

2022 Advisory Committee

Charles Baker

Anne-Michelle Barnett

Kate Darden

Susie Denson

Cherri Ellis

Cathy Friedman

Rosalind Griffin

Shane Hill

Melinda Mathews

Dianne Mooney

Carol Myers

Camper O’Neal

Betsy Printz

Jean C. Thompson

Marion Walker

Mary Welden

Kay Zarzour

Medical Advisory Council

Rebecca J. Boohaker, Ph.D.
Southern Research (Birmingham, AL)
Associate Fellow, Oncology

Karim Budhwani, PhD
CerFlux (Birmingham, AL)

Sara Cooper, Ph.D.
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (Huntsville, AL)
Faculty Investigator

Andres Forero-Torres, M.D.
Seagen (Bothell, WA)
Global Development Lead, Early-Stage Clinical Development
Inaugural holder of the O’Neal-Sokol BCRFA Endowed Chair at UAB

Omar Moukha-Chafiq, Ph.D.
Southern Research (Birmingham, AL)
Principal Scientist

Shreyas S. Rao, Ph.D.
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Seema Singh, Ph.D.
Mitchell Cancer Institute, University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Professor of Pathology; Professor of Oncologic Sciences; Head, Inflammation and Immunobiology Laboratory; Senior Member, Cancer Biology Program

Barry P. Sleckman, MD, PhD
O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB (Birmingham, AL)

Bruce F. Smith V.M.D., Ph.D.
Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Director, Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer
Professor of Pathobiology

Clayton Yates, Ph.D.
Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL)
Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Cancer Research; Director, Center for Biomedical Research


BCRFA Founders - Bruce Sokol and Dolly O'Neal

Bruce H. Sokol and Dolly A. O’Neal




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