To help find a cure for breast cancer by funding promising Breast Cancer Research and to motivate community awareness and funding for that research.
…..Because Research Saves Lives
In December 1995, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama Birmingham introduced two people with a common cause: the fight against breast cancer. Dolly O’Neal, an 18 month cancer survivor and Bruce Sokol, whose wife D.D. was receiving treatment for breast cancer, had a mutual goal of working to help find a cure for this disease. They formed, along with Charlie Baker what is now, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.
On April 22, 1996, the Foundation held its First Annual, “Drive Out Breast Cancer LPGA Pro-Am” which raised over $75,000. Twenty-five touring professionals of the Ladies Professional Golf Association were invited to play with 100 amateurs in a scramble team format. Since then, the Foundation has raised nearly $2.3 million for breast cancer research through this event and other fundraising efforts.
In October 2008, the BCRFA was proud to announce the first Alabama breast cancer Specialty License Plate. The specialty plate (#86) is available for $50 annually of which $41.25 is tax deductible and benefits the BCRFA and breast cancer research in Alabama. You can purchase the “Funding Research in Alabama” license plate at your local Department of Motor Vehicles or County Courthouse.
All funds remain in Birmingham to establish and expand much needed research labs devoted to breast cancer. The Foundation has provided funding for cutting-edge equipment and experimental therapies for the Tade Thuston Breast Cancer Research Lab. It has also provided funds to establish the D.D. Sokol lab, in memory of D.D. who lost her courageous battle with breast cancer in May 2000. The Foundation takes great pride in knowing that these funds are being utilized in discovering tomorrow’s therapies today at
the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In 2008, the BCRFA was instrumental in securing the renewed funding of the SPORE grant (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) for breast cancer research. This five-year $11.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute is a huge boost to the Cancer Center and is a testament to the strength of research programs in this disease. The support from community organizations is vital in competing for the very limited amount of federal funds that are available.
The Foundation Board and its volunteers, many of whom have battled this disease, have galvanized their resources in the ongoing effort to finding a cure, which can be achieved through your support of our events.
UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center is accredited by the National Cancer Institute and is the only such facility within a five state region, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. This facility evaluates 4,200 new cancer cases annually.
For more information on how you can make a contribution or volunteer to partner with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, visit our website at www.bcrfa.org or call (205) 871-4653 or (205) 996-5463
1. Expand breast cancer research.
2. Promote community awareness and funding for local research.
3. Discover tomorrow’s therapies today.