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Gayle Patel, Texas Oncology
RESEARCH: 10 Things You Need to Know About the BRCA Genes
This May movie star Angelina Jolie announced to the world that she is a BRCA 1 carrier, and that she had decided to have a prophylactic mastectomy to reduce her risk for breast cancer. This announcement in the New York Times brought global attention to the topic of hereditary breast cancer and BRCA 1 and 2 mutations. Since breast cancer is so common, many women are now asking themselves: what are the BRCA genes, do I need to be tested, and why is this information important?  READ MORE
Runi Limary, BCRC
PROGRAMS: Recently Diagnosed Six Week Support Circle
Breast Cancer Resource Centers' Recently Diagnosed Six Week Support Circle is a closed group restricted to women diagnosed (up to one year) with any stage and in any treatment phase of breast cancer. It is specifically designed to help women characterize their individual cancer experience, introduce practical coping skills, and provide a sense of community and connection among women confronting a shared situation. This group aims to decrease the physical and mental stress... READ MORE
Mary Pickett with her neice
CLIENT: Mary Pickett on the Recently Diagnosed Support Circle
BCRC Client, Mary Pickett, was diagnosed with Stage 2A Invasive Breast Cancer on October 12, 2012. She comes from a large family with a mother, six brothers, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were shocked and saddened by her diagnosis. Unfortunately, like many family members, they had no idea how to help her as she underwent 12 weeks of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. Not knowing what to say or do, many of her brothers ...  READ MORE
DONORS: The Hacker's Foundation
The platform for the Hacker's Foundation began in 1993 when E.G. Aguilar decided to turn his golf habit into a large-scale event at The Semi-Annual Hacker's Invitational... Several Hacker's have a personal connection to the tragic nature of breast cancer. In 2003, Hackers' Ryan and David Hamm lost their mother Carolyn and in 2009, Hackers' Ken and Rick Gutshall lost their wife and mother, Ann, to this disease. The impact of this loss was felt by their families and their many friends. Himself deeply affected, E. G. decided to honor these special women by turning the golf tournament into a fundraiser to support local breast cancer charities...  READ MORE
July - October: Opal Divine's Drink Pink Campaign
07-18:  Educate & Empower: Post Traumatic Stress and Breast Cancer, Dr. Joan Offerle, at Park St. David's Library (Thu, 6:30 pm)
08-04:  Kickoff Party for 2013 Scare for a Cure (Sat, 2:00-6:00)
09-21:  Pink Poker Run (Sat, Ride 10:00 - 4:00, dinner/dance 5:00-8:00)
09-28:  Hackers Invitational Golf Tournament (Sat, 9:00-4:00)
09-28:  Ask the Experts: Breast Cancer & the Environment, Dr. Michele Forman,  North Austin Medical Center Auditorium
11-03:  BCRC Remembrance Ceremony at the LBJ Wildflower Center (Sun, 10:30-12:00)