Since its inception in 1996, the BCRFA
has made an annual donation to the Cancer
Center with the proceeds from all its fund-
raising efforts during the previous year,
which include sales of specialty breast cancer
license plates featuring a pink ribbon and
the phrase “funding research in Alabama,”
BCRFA events and contributions from the
community. This year’s donation brings the
Birmingham-based organization’s cumula-
tive total for UAB to nearly $3 million.
“Our friends at the Breast Cancer
Research Foundation of Alabama have
enabled our breast cancer research program
to become one of the most vigorous and
well-regarded programs in the nation,” says
edward Partridge, M.D., Cancer Center
director. “The foundation has been instru-
mental in making that progress possible.
Their dedication is saving lives every day,
and we are grateful for their steadfast part-
nership in the fight against cancer.”
half of the BCRFA gift will be used as
the lead contribution in a fundraising effort
to establish an endowed chair in honor of
Andres Forero, M.D., a Cancer Center
senior scientist, BCRFA board member and
nationally recognized expert in breast cancer
The foundation has designated the other
half of the gift to support breast cancer
research in memory of three remarkable
women who made significant contributions
to the breast cancer community during their
lifetimes: Violeta Caceres, O.D., known in
Birmingham as “the Pink Lady” and recog-
nized for her breast cancer advocacy; Kathy
Kemp, an award-winning journalist with
The Birmingham News; and Judith F. Todd,
one of Alabama’s top estate-planning and
In their memories—and in the memo-
ries of so many others who have lost their
fight against breast cancer during this past
year—the BCRFA has set its highest-ever
fundraising goal of $500,000 for 2011.
The BCRFA was established in 1996
by Dolly O’Neal, a two-time breast can-
cer survivor, and Bruce Sokol, whose wife,
D.D., was undergoing breast cancer treat-
ment at the time. Since then, the foundation
has been a leader in raising critical research
funds to support early projects that enabled
the Cancer Center to receive additional,
high-profile grants and recruit and retain
world-renowned breast cancer researchers.
The BCRFA provided pilot fund-
ing for key breast cancer research that led
to the receipt and renewal of the Cancer
Center’s Breast Cancer SPORe (Specialized
Program of Research excellence), a five-
year, $11.5-million grant from the National
Cancer Institute. Their support also helped
fund important pre-clinical lab testing that
led to a $6.4-million Promise Grant from
Susan G. Komen for a Cure and the Triple
Negative Breast Cancer Foundation in 2009.
To make a gift to the endowment,
contact Jeannie Horton at (205) 934-6326
B y J o s h T i l l
the aDvisory boarD of the uab coMpreheNsive caNcer ceNter has electeD
five New MeMbers aND a slate of officers to its roster for 2010-11.
CaNCER CENTER bOaRDs NamE NEw mEmbERs, OFFiCERs
SeRVING as president is ed Meyerson
of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell &
Berkowitz, P.C.; president-elect I, Foots
Parnell, with InterFirst Capital, LLC;
president-elect II, William harvill, of
Intermark Group; and secretary/treasurer,
Jeanie MacKenzie, a community volunteer.
New members elected to the board are
Mitzi Davis, Susie Denson, helene elkus,
D.A. Tynes and Susan Williams. While
each of these women has been touched in
some way by cancer, both Ms. Denson and
Mrs. Tynes are breast cancer survivors.
The Cancer Center’s young Supporters
Board also elected new members and offi-
cers for 2010-11.
Serving as president is Sam Todd of
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; vice
president, Camper O’Neal, with Merrill
Lynch; secretary, Andrew Case, of harbert
Management Corporation; and treasurer,
evans Gunn, with Regions Financial
New members elected to the board are
Blakely Bowron, Kate Brinkley, Virginia
Broughton, Katherine Davis, Anna Kathryn
ellis, David Green, Jessica Jones, Bonnie
Monroe, Brooke Moor, Colin Moorhouse,
Rachel Powell, Kelli Slocum and Jose Vega.
The young Supporters Board of the
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center was
established in 2006 to introduce the next
generation of Alabamians to the importance
of cancer research and awareness. The board
comprises up-and-coming professionals
between the ages of 25 and 34.
The Advisory Board of the UAB
Comprehensive Cancer Center is a volunteer
group of community leaders, many of whom
have been touched by cancer in some way.
The mission of the board is to raise funds,
provide patient amenities and increase
awareness of the Cancer Center. Since its
inception in 1984, the Advisory Board has
raised more than $11 million for the center.
Above: New Young Supporters members (left to right) bonnie monroe and
Kelli Slocum (front); David Green, Kate brinkley, brooke moor, Anna Kathryn
ellis and Katherine Davis (back). right: New Advisory board members (left to
right) Helene elkus, D.A. Tynes, Susan Williams and mitzi Davis.
Above: edward Partridge with bCrFA board members.
right (left to right): bCrFA President Dianne mooney,
Andres Forero and Dolly o’Neal.
bCRFa maKEs LaRgEsT DONaTiON yET this spriNg, the breast caNcer research fouNDatioN of alabaMa (bcrfa), a loNgtiMe aND DeDicateD supporter
of the uab coMpreheNsive caNcer ceNter, preseNteD its largest aNNual gift to Date: $400,000.
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