BCRC 14th Annual Champagne Brunch & Auction
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Renaissance Austin Hotel
Join the BCRC and the beloved Rue McClanahan as she speaks on aging gracefully and her experience as a
breast cancer survivor. Also taking part in the brunch are this year‟s honorary chairs Gail Chovan, local fashion
and jewelry designer and breast cancer survivor, along with her sister Lori Chovan Redunski and mother Ann
Chovan, who are also both breast cancer survivors, to recognize these brave and courageous women on
September 27 to kick off October‟s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Volume 14, Issue 2 This momentous annual event will attract women from all over to celebrate survivorship, support and sisterhood.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in Texas and this year there are
Fall 2009 approximately 200 thousand new cases of breast cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer
Institute. The brunch raises a large portion of the Breast Cancer Resource Center‟s annual operating budget to
help these women and their families and attracts more than 750 guests, many of whom are doctors, nurses,
medical technicians, and most importantly, an incredible community of survivors, their families, and their friends.
KEYE‟s Michelle Valles will serve as the emcee and Ray Combs will be the auctioneer of the 2009 brunch. The
auction will offer many opportunities to bid on valuable items including brunch for 10 at Chez Zee with Jody
Conradt, retired head coach for the women's basketball team at University of Texas at Austin and two coach
class tickets on Continental valid anywhere in the contiguous US, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Tickets are $85 a person and you can purchase them online at www.bcrc.org.
2010 Art Bra Calendars are now on sale.
You can purchase them by coming by
our office or online.
Thinking About Your Genetic Profile?
A lot of women, particularly those with a significant
number of family members with breast or ovarian
cancer, are considering genetic testing. Recent
research has shown that the BRCA 1 and 2 mutations
are those most commonly found among all groups of
women including Hispanic and Asian women. Research
generously underwritten by
has also shown that if you have the BRCA 1or 2
mutation you have Jewish heritage. Several of our
clients have discovered this family background only
because they were found to have these anomalies.
Other clients are practicing their faith but have
questions about what it means to be a Jewish woman
Presenting the check to Vivian Smith, executive director and Marj Gallece, with breast cancer and still others, who are not
Georgetown Director, are Jeanne Whetsell and Berry Creek Committee. diagnosed, are considering whether or not to have the
11th Annual Berry Creek Cancer Tournament
On Tuesday October 20th The Jewish Community Center
Swings into Overdrive of Austin‟s Women‟s Division is co-sponsoring with the
Once again, the Berry Creek Cancer Tournament BCRC and several other groups including Austin Jewish
broke the previous year‟s record and raised $53,200.00! Family Service, National Council of Jewish Women,
On Saturday, June 13, the tournament had a full field Hadassah, Texas Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Phi an
of 136 golfers. Each year, this tournament is a sold out informational program addressing these and other
event with an amazing support team of dedicated issues. The program entitled “Genetics and the Jewish
volunteers. Forty members of the 600 Club enjoyed Woman: Testing, Diagnosis, Treatment, Knowledge,
the sponsor parties leading up to the event. The 600 Hope and Support” will be held from 11:30-2:30 at the
Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane.
Club are sponsors and golfers who donate $600.00 or
more to this tournament. The program, which includes lunch, will explore the
genetic implications of both breast and ovarian
This year, a check for $45,900.00 was presented to the cancer. The section on Genetics and The Jewish
Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas in support of Woman: Breast Cancer will include a presentation by
the BCRC‟s work in Williamson County to assist and Sharsharet, a national organization that provides
educate women and their families dealing with breast information and support to young Jewish women with
cancer. breast cancer. Physicians from MD Anderson and local
practices will be presenting and there will be a Q&A
The 2010 Berry Creek Cancer Tournament is scheduled session with presenters at the close.
For more information for Saturday May 15. For more information and photos
call 512-544-0900 or go to about this tournament, go to http:// Because lunch is being served, reservations are
www.breastcancertournament.com/ or contact the necessary: RSVP by October 13 to
BCRC. email@example.com or (512)795.9937x10.
From the Executive Director BCRC’s Brackenridge Office
Have you noticed the ever increasing buzz about electronic
media and social networking? I‟m being sent articles, flyers
and emails of workshops to attend, info on how to effectively
use this media to expand your reach, to connect with others,
to get information out. They say that email is old school and
that everyone needs to be part of the latest and greatest -
blogs, chat groups, Facebook, instant messaging, Twitter and
who knows what will be the next new thing.
BCRC is indeed becoming more and more involved in the The program at Brackenridge University Medical Center is unique
social media and we want you to join us! Become a fan of and I have been blessed to be a part of it. This program is
BCRC on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Austin-TX/ amazing because we have the opportunity to serve many
BCRC/11717502789 . You can also follow us at wonderful patients, some with many needs. We try to make their
www.twitter.com/bcrcoftexas if you tweet. breast cancer journey as easy and smooth as possible.
Monday mornings consist of helping clients with various problems
It is wonderful for BCRC to be able to send out newsletters to
such as fitting of free wigs or prosthesis and assisting with co-
you electronically. It saves postage, paper and money. (If you
payments to help pay for medicine. This location also offers
missed our last e-newsletter check our website for past issues
Spanish and English classes about breast cancer awareness and
of newsletter and email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive newsletters
breast self exams. Afternoons are spent visiting clients at the
electronically .) Our website, Facebook, Twitter accounts are
Shivers Clinic. Most of these patients have been screened prior to
frequently updated. Check them regularly to know what is
the clinic but may have an abnormal mammogram or
happening at BCRC. The Docu-blog done by KLRU is posted
ultrasound. We see close to 20 patients in an afternoon and I am
on our website – it is a powerful presentation of what Graphic
there during their stressful time. We help with biopsy, exam, and if
they become diagnosed. I help them with immediate needs
such as support because I have been there before. I also help
Simple ways to support the BCRC: 1. Forward this along to a them with education, support and translations if needed.
friend that might want to join our mailing list. 2. Refer friends
and family members that may need our assistance. 3. Join During the week I visit with clients and their families both before
our volunteer team by emailing Phyllis at email@example.com. 4. and after surgery at the hospital or in the infusion room while
Donate by visiting www.bcrc.org 5. Connect with us through clients receive chemotherapy. This is a great way to connect
our website, Facebook and Twitter. with clients and see how I can enhance their lives during this
I wish each of you wellness, happiness and great social There are many resources and programs and we help clients find
networking. (I must admit I finally did open up a Facebook ones that will be most helpful to them. One program we offer in
page! Want to be my friend?) English and Spanish is American Cancer Society‟s Look Good Feel
Better program. This class is offered the first Wednesday of each
month. Another program is a Spanish support group held once a
month. The ladies look forward to this group where they visit and
learn from each other. Here at this office we have books, DVD‟s,
Vivian Smith camisoles, hats, blankets, wigs, bras and prostheses and
Executive Director accessories.
This program is largely funded by a grant from Austin Affiliate of
Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Upcoming BCRC Events Please contact Jessica Pavelka at 324-7992 or Jessica@bcrc.org if
you need more information or would like to volunteer.
September 25 “The Smile Never Fades” Gala
September 27 14th Annual Champagne Brunch & Auction
October 10 Texas Mamma Jamma Bike Ride
October 12 Pretty „N Pink Seamstresses, Materials & Funds Needed
October 13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
October 20 Pink Heals Tour-Austin Please contact Marjorie Gallece at 512-248-2645 if you
October 21 BCRC Golf Classic are interested in sewing camisoles for our clients. The
October 21 Pink Heals-Georgetown camisoles have pockets to hold drains after surgery and
October 23-25 & 28-31 Scare for Cure help make recovery after surgery easier. We also need
October 28 Botox for Breast Cancer Day soft pastel poly satin and soft pastel cottons (solids or
October 30 Suzy‟s Soldier‟s Golf Tournament subtle prints) for mastectomy camisoles. It takes a yard
October 31 Opal Divine‟s Scaraoke to make a medium size camisole. Donations will also
December 13 Very Pink Christmas be accepted to purchase materials.
Please check our Events section for more details.
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Survivor Spotlight: Kathy Moore Texas Mamma Jamma Ride
Dust off your old two wheeler, with the hot pink streamer
I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer on September 7,
handle grips, and come make history with us on October 10 th-
2007 at the age of 33. I, like so many other survivors, have had
the inaugural Texas Mamma Jamma Bike Ride. The ride will
surgeries, tubes, baldness, puffiness, weight gain, frustration,
benefit 10 organizations working to change the odds for
anger, sorrow, and fear. However, conviction to win, joy in
breast cancer survivors- creating the foundation for a
progress, and humility through tears, I can honestly say it is one
broader spectrum of services. Participating as a rider (solo or
of the hardest things I have ever been through in my life. team), volunteer or supporter is incredibly easy- simply go to
I am so grateful to the VA Healthcare System for allowing me to www.mammajammaride.com and sign up. We‟d love to
pursue treatment locally through Texas Oncology. Texas have you on Team BCRC! Just as the organizations which the
Oncology and many others have been a Godsend. Many ride benefits are in it for sure and steady survivor recovery, this
thanks to the Breast Cancer Resource Centers‟ Pink Ribbon is definitely a ride and not a race.
Cowgirls because now I have amazing support and friendship.
There is a personal challenge to taking part. Some of the
It is a sisterhood like none other.
riders were afraid that they couldn‟t raise the $500 rider
Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in donation goal. One woman who overcame her fear wrote: “I
Hispanic women. So whether it's me, or a family member, or a have never been able to ask people for money but I filled out
friend of a friend-chances are you probably know someone else the on-line form, swallowed hard, pressed enter, and e-
who is also affected by this. To try to make a difference I am a mailed a bunch of friends. I just talked about how breast
first time rider and REALLY EXCITED to help my sisters who are still cancer had affected my family and put in a link to my
in the fight as well as honor the memory of those who have fundraising page. I can‟t believe how fast the donations
been taken from us. I will ride in my first bike ride at the Texas came in, two people asked to join my team and some
Mamma Jamma this October with Team BCRC. Please join my people even thanked me for doing this!”
efforts to improve and save thousands of lives by donating or
participating in the ride. The spirit of the ride honors equally those who have lost their
lives to this disease, those who are living with active cancers
and those who have survived and are in remission. In all the
diverse ways that cancer touches our lives as survivors,
caregivers, family members, coworkers, lovers and friends, it
can seem as if we are caught in categories or boxes so there
is something magical about unifying this diversity of
experience into a common purpose.
Young Leaders Making a Difference
The BCRC is back on site at the St. David's
Georgetown Cancer Treatment Center
The Patient Resource Center is back in Georgetown! Cancer
survivors are once again able to access a variety of support
materials and services provided by the BCRC and the American
Cancer Society. The resource center is conveniently located in
the lobby of the St. David's Cancer Treatment Center at 2000
Scenic Drive. The BCRC's number in Georgetown is 512-942-4689.
Both Lonestar Oncology and a branch of the Austin Cancer Kira Stein and Tyanna Thompson, cadettes in Girl Scouts Troop
Center are providing a more convenient location for 1609, are comforting our clients as they worked towards their
Georgetown-area cancer patients who require chemotherapy Silver Award. They needed seven leadership hours and these
and daily radiation treatment. For six months, the closest two young ladies went well over their seven hours leading
oncology treatment center had been in Round Rock. Southwest
fellow troop members, friends and family on their project. They
Regional Cancer Center had occupied this space for 10 years
before joining U.S. Oncology and relocating to the Seton Medical made beautiful cards, bracelets and blankets for our clients.
Center Williamson in Round Rock last December. These young ladies are about to enter 9 th grade in the fall and
they have family and friends who have been touched by
The center is currently seeing patients half-days and will expand
hours as the patient schedule increases. An Open House was breast cancer.
held August 27th. We appreciate you and keep up the good work!
Page 3 Keeping Abreast
Is it Stress or Chemo Brain? My Experience at The BCRC as an Intern
During chemotherapy treatment in 2000, I recall people in the oncology
clinic giggling when I used the term "chemo brain". It was thought to be
a light remark or a joke but it was anything but that.
Since that time, the fog has lifted but memory issues during that time
were deeply unsettling. The disinterest and casual brush off of memory
issues as stress related added to my growing frustration about the
condition. If I didn't take notes about conversations as they happened I
couldn't recall them once a phone call ended. Often I didn't remember
the phone call at all. Samantha designed this bra worn by Shauna Martin for Graphic III
At that time the topic wasn't being seriously explored although it was a My name is Samantha Higdon and I have served as the Marketing
very common topic of conversation among cancer patients. Now there and Events Development intern at BCRC for the past two years.
is a new study on brain function and memory. This study is currently in the
When I was a sophomore in college I lost my father to lung cancer. I
process of being published in the journal, Clinical Cancer Research.
didn‟t know it at the time, but this changed the entire course of my
life. A Daddy‟s girl to the core, his loss was and is still the most
An analysis of brain function was conducted during verbal memory test
devastating, heart wrenching event that I have ever experienced.
in 14 survivors of breast cancer and 14 healthy control females age 40-
He and my mother were married for 34 years when he passed, and
65. Women with breast cancer were 0.5-10.3 years post-treatment
she was by his side day and night until he died 5 months after being
(average = 3.3 years). Functional MRI (fMRI) scans of each participant's
brain was obtained while she performed a verbal memory task. fMRI is a diagnosed. I wondered how she found the energy to serve as his
safe, non- invasive method that uses powerful magnets to measure brain nurse, cook, driver, maid…his everything, from dusk until dawn
function. The memory task involved learning, or encoding, a list of words everyday.
and then later trying to recall as many words from that list as possible. When I asked her how she did it she said, “When you love someone
it‟s not like work, you really don‟t even notice. You‟re more than
Stress levels were measured using cortisol extracted from saliva, a happy to do whatever you have to do to bring them happiness and
depression scale and a stress coping scale. Cortisol is a hormone make their life better. You do it without even thinking twice and
involved in the body's stress response and elevated levels usually suggest somehow you muster the strength and courage to help them get
chronic stress. This is the very first study to examine functional brain
activation and memory in women with breast cancer. There were no
significant differences between the two groups in terms of stress levels or After my father passed and I moved back to Austin to continue
performance on the memory task. school, I began my internship with The BCRC. I didn‟t know anything
about breast cancer, and I had never met anyone who was
However, women with breast cancer showed significantly lower affected by it. I just knew that I wanted to help fight cancer. I
prefrontal cortex activation during memory encoding and significantly wanted to make someone‟s life better in any way that I could.
higher cortical activation during memory recall compared to controls.
These findings indicate that when women with breast cancer try to From day one I saw the same thing in the ladies at BCRC that I did
encode or learn information, the prefrontal cortex may not activate at a in my mother. I listened to Runi make her patients‟ lives her priority
sufficient level. Therefore, the brain must over-activate when trying to without a second thought. Their problems were her problems and
recall the information. she catered to them without even a second thought.
I watched Carol bend over backwards, and go out of her way to
Why is brain function altered in women with breast cancer? There are
many possible answers to this question but it is likely that chemotherapy help patients financially. If it wasn‟t in our budget, she would find a
and other cytotoxic agents associated with cancer and its treatments way to make it be in our budget.
cause mild brain injury. Previous studies by other research groups have Barb, so smoothly and ruthlessly chased any lead that she could to
shown that chemotherapy damages progenitor cells in the brain (1). make us the money that we needed. It was truly an incredible thing
These neural progenitor cells are the source of new brain cells and are to watch. I quickly began to notice that our clients‟ problems were
essential for brain plasticity, learning and memory. not just their problems that we were assisting them with, they were
ours too. Their sickness was our sickness, their pain was our pain, and
The results have several interesting implications for women with a history their battle was our battle.
of breast cancer:
I was inspired from the very beginning and something inside me
1. Memory problems in survivors of breast cancer are brain-based e.g. changed. When you see how beautiful people can be, it changes
there is a neurobiological reason for them your perspective not only of people, but of the world and the life
2. Even though women with breast cancer may be able to we‟re living.
demonstrate the same performance on memory tasks as their
I could not have asked for a better experience, better co-workers,
peers, it requires significantly more neural effort than their peers
or better cause to support. My values, goals, and ultimately my
which likely results in cognitive fatigue
career are forever changed because of my two years at BCRC.
3. Brain function associated with memory is altered in survivors of
breast cancer even in the absence of elevated stress levels I am currently a Campaign Associate at United Way Capital area in
4. Functional brain activation differences associated with memory Austin, only hoping that I can affect someone‟s life even half as
can occur in women even several years after treatment has ended. much as the BCRC affected mine.
Kesler, SR, Bennett, FC, Mahaffey, ML & Spiegel, D. (in press). So to my BCRC-
Clinical Cancer Research. Words cannot express how much you, and this organization mean
to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Who would have
Chemo Brain recently reappeared as a topic of interest in a NY Times ever known that having breast cancer could change so many
article. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/health/04brod.html? lives, in a positive way? I hope that I am never diagnosed, but I
_r=3&ref=health know that if I am, I would have the best possible team behind me.
For you would serve as my everything without even a thought,
Another item on the topic: because it‟s not like work for you.
fs_chemobrain_cognitive.pdf I love you all, and will proudly take you out for early bird specials
when you‟re 90. It would be my pleasure.
Written by Marjorie Gallece
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Fabulous Graphic III
Opal Divine's & the BCRC “Drink Pink” Campaign will
run through the summer with Opal Divine's donating their
upcharge for their Prickly Pear Mix to the BCRC ($0.50 per
glass & $1.00 per shaker). They will end Drink Pink in style with
Scaraoke October 31st. Special thanks to Susan and Michael
Parker, owners of Opal Divine’s, for their wonderful support
Opal Divine’s Drink Pink
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Great Berry Creek Golf
Our Wonderful Volunteers at
the Brunch envelope stuffing
Eat the Heat
Please visit our Gallery on our website for more photos
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Thanks to Our Champagne Brunch Sponsors BCRC Calls Upon All Women to Join the
Berry Creek Cancer Fund
Love/Avon Army of Women
CBS42 KEYE BCRC announces its support of a unique new program that
Family & Friends of Linda P. Acosta Foundation offers women the opportunity to help unlock the key to
In memory of Linda P. Acosta preventing breast cancer: the Love/Avon Army of Women. The
Love/Avon Army of Women is seeking to recruit one million
St. David’s Community Health Foundation
women nationwide to help researchers learn what causes
St. David’s Healthcare
breast cancer and move beyond a cure to prevention. Women
Texas Oncology in the Austin area and across the U.S. are encouraged to be
Twin Liquors “one in a million” by learning more and signing up at
Trisha Fortune, Ryan Inc. The Love/Avon Army of Women is a partnership between the Dr.
Cheryl & Jim George Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation and
MFI Foundation launched on October 1, 2008 to mark the start of Breast Cancer
TGRA, Austin Awareness Month. Women have taken personal action and
raised millions of dollars that has advanced treatment and early
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP detection, but researchers still do not know what causes the
Austin Management Group, Inc./Steve Moore disease. The Love/Avon Army of Women empowers women
Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, In honor of our patients with a new opportunity – a simple but revolutionary call for one
Austin Surgeons, PLLC million women of all ages and ethnicities to join the “Army” and
BMC Software consider serving as research volunteers to help scientists
Michele & Brent Burton understand the causes of breast cancer – and how to end it
Capital Surgeons Group, PLLC once and for all.
Stephen S. Clark, MD, FACS, Tim L. Faulkenberry, MD, FACS, Mark R. Sherrod, MD, FACS
Nancy G. Marquez, MD, FACS, Paula S. Oliver, MD, FACS, Patrick C. Dillawn, MD, FACS
Steven M. Fass, MD, FACS, Rob A. Fuller, MD, FACS, Moya M. Griffin, MD, FACS All women not currently undergoing breast cancer treatment,
Bridget M. Brady, MD, FACS, Mario A Longoria, MD, Jinnie A. Bruce, MD, FACS, Charles E. Oswalt, MD, FACS
including breast cancer survivors and those who never had the
Jim & Kim DeCosmo
disease, are eligible to register. Universities and research labs
In honor of Sandy Blount & in memory of Wanda Belden
Donna Di Carlo
throughout the country may submit their studies for
Barbara Formichelli, In memory of her sister, Fran Kusnierz consideration to the Army of Women, and all research will
Sherrie Frachtman, Marcia Levy & Susan Lubin undergo a thorough medical and ethical review. Some
Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody PC/Karen Holody research may require women to complete a questionnaire,
IntegReview Ethical Review Board while others may require blood or saliva samples, or other simple
In honor of M.P. Mueller & memory of Elaine Ousley steps (the research studies are not clinical trials and do not
Jastrow Foundation involve drugs or medical procedures). The Army of Women will
LCRA Employees’ United Charities serve as a virtual “matchmaker,” sending an email alert to
Charles & Suzanne Moore women volunteers outlining the needs of each study, and
Alice Nowotny women who meet the criteria have the option to take part.
Janis & Joe Pinnelli, In memory of Molly Ivins “Women have repeatedly demonstrated through fundraising
Renaissance Women’s Group, PA and advocacy their personal dedication to ending breast
Seton Family of Hospitals cancer,” says Dr. Susan Love, the visionary behind the Army of
M. Michael & Susan Sharlot
Women and a leader in the breast cancer movement for more
The Summit Agency, Inc., Kathy Bailey
than 30 years. “This new initiative gives women the opportunity
to be part of the research itself and help shift the focus. The
Sponsors Army of Women will enable more scientists to move from
2Thrive4, Brenda Coleman Beattie studying cancer after it occurs, and testing new drugs and
Austin Diagnostic Clinic treatments, to seeking the cause and prevention. If we all join
Janet Bray & Mark Weiss together, I know we can end breast cancer in our lifetime.” Dr.
Love, a renowned breast cancer surgeon and respected expert
Cindy & Ray Harris
Hill Country Region Porsche Club of America in the field, is also the author of the best-selling Dr. Susan Love’s
Cynthia Levinson Breast Book and president of the Dr. Susan Love Research
Shauna Martin, In honor of my PRCowgirls & in memory of Becky Foundation.
Dr. Kelly Martinez
Mary Pat Mueller & Patty Puig Mueller Why is the Army of Women important? “All too often,
Dr. Jane Nelson researchers cannot find the volunteers they need for their
Brenda & Greg Olds , In memory of Michelle Aurbach studies, or it takes up to 18 months to recruit enough,” explained
Marc Hurlbert, Director of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
Becky Beaver “The Army of Women will solve this problem and allow scientists
Clinical Pathology Laboratories to focus on their work, not recruitment, and provide timely
Louise Daffron, In honor of Mary Ann Heller & Marilyn Miller access to healthy women volunteers, thereby moving the focus
Patricia P. Middlebrook from the lab to real women, and accelerating research into
Sherry Neyman, M.D.
breast cancer cause and prevention.”
One Source Relocation, Inc.
Carol & Dillon Pyron
Women nationwide are invited to be “one in a million” and help
Sandy Wing end breast cancer. Visit www.armyofwomen.org.
Dr. Steve Zimmet
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Volunteer Spotlight Charles Milton Board of Directors Staff
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Charles started volunteering with Shauna Martin Vivian Smith
the BCRC in August of 2007 motivated by what he says was a President
desire to help and give back. He found BCRC and decided Veda Cazzola
that we needed more men to help us and he was right! St. David’s Mammography Room Educator
Cheryl George Ray Anne Evans
He volunteers on Wednesdays at Texas Oncology Midtown Director of Client Services
where he is now a familiar face in the waiting room and in the Secretary Certified Patient Navigator
infusion room. Staff and patients are comforted by his smile, Barbara Formichelli
charm and humor. Charles visits with family members and Director of Marketing & Events Development
patients during their visit to Texas Oncology to make their trip Janet Bray
more pleasant and comfortable and connects them with Michele Burton
Director of Williamson County Services
resources like the BCRC when he spots a need. He also helps Jeff Carrol Certified Patient Navigator
the staff with projects and is a valued and respected volunteer. Runi Limary
Charles says, “Volunteering, working with the staff and helping Pat Dames Director of Young Survivor Services
people going through cancer has been the most rewarding Donna Di Carlo Certified Patient Navigator
time in my life”. Bob Hemby Jessica Pavelka
Roberta Herman Director of Outreach
Besides volunteering at Texas Oncology he continues to help us Karen J. Holody Certified Patient Navigator
with our fundraisers like Graphic, our Annual Champagne Steve Martin
Leah Koen May Dianna Petrick
Brunch, Berry Creek Golf Tournament Steve Moore Director of North Austin Services
and many others. Suzanne Moore
Certified Patient Navigator
Susan Sharlot Phyllis Rose
Charles also continues to support the Physician Communication Coordinator
BCRC even when he is not Director of Volunteer Services
volunteering and attends many of our Carol Willingham
events including our Drink Pink nights Business Manager
this summer. When he‟s not busy Alice Wilson
helping us, his church or others, he Director of Grant Development
enjoys listening to blues, soft jazz and
R&B, watching movies, camping,
fishing and travelling.