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Since its inception in 1996, the BCRFA has made an annual donation to the Cancer Center with the pro- ceeds from its fundraising efforts during the previous year, including sales of the newly re-designed special- ty breast cancer license plate (#86), BCRFA events, and from individual and community donations.   

With federal budget cuts that adversely affect research projects, philanthropic giving is essential

for continued progress in the fight against cancer, says Edward Partridge, M.D., Cancer Center director. We are extremely thankful, as this gift allows for continued criti- cal breast cancer research to be conducted at UAB, provid- ing seed money for the Cancer Center to receive addition- al, high-profile grants, and giving us the ability to recruit and retain world-renowned breast-cancer researchers.     

This year s gift was made in honor of former BCRFA

board member Jean Thompson, a breast cancer survivor and longtime supporter of critical breast cancer research.

Several local community partners of BCRFA have contributed to this effort, including Docupak, Tameron Automotive, Belk, Sirote & Permutt, The Alabama Power Foundation and The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield, among many others.

Early Beginnings While the BCRFA of today is a dynamic and robust

organization, it first had to start small. It actually all began with just two people: Dolly O Neal, at the time an 18-month breast cancer survivor, and Bruce Sokol, whose wife D.D. was undergoing breast cancer treat- ment. The two first met in December 1995, and through their shared commitment to the cause and goal of raising

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) recently presented its annual donation

to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center on March 4. This year s contribution of $500,000 brings the

Birmingham-based organization s cumulative total for research at UAB to nearly $4.5 million, making the

BCRFA donation the single largest gift to the Cancer Center from a community organization.

A Foundation of Giving Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Continues to Make an Impact By J O S H T I L L

The BCRFA

car and

motorcycle tags

are available

statewide.

Pictured above:

BCRFA founders

Bruce Sokol and

Dolly O Neal with

Jean Thompson and

Dr. Ed Partridge.