Welcome BCRC’s New Education Specialist- Angelica Wikswo

When did you start working at the BCRC?

I started working at the BCRC in February so just a few months.

What do you do for the BCRC?

Well I do a lot of different things. I conduct outreach presentations to teach men and women about the importance of breast health. My focus is our underserved communities. I teach about what outreach with teddyBCRC can provide for anyone who is diagnosed with breast cancer. I also have the pleasure of sharing information about our free mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsy program. I’m so excited about this last part because I can help men and women who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get these very important exams.  I also help coordinate our quarterly Education & Empower Series where we provide classes for clients, caregivers and even professionals about topics that are very important for each of us. I get to hear about what people want to learn about and help gather the experts and make it happen. Our next Educate & Empower on July 19th is “Getting Your Ducks in a Row” (Register Here). If you see me there, please say, “Hi!”

What inspired you to work for the BCRC?

Well in 2014 my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 36. I had just graduated from college and was ready to start to make my mark on the world when I heard those words that no one is prepared to hear. By a pure blessing, I was introduced to BCRC and The Pink Ribbon Cowgirls. Working with my Patient Navigator, Runi and attending support group meetings I received great strength in knowing I wasn’t alone in this walk and was surrounded by people who had been or were about to go through the same thing I was. Words can’t express how much that meant to me. Along the way I somehow received the honor and privilege of being the spokesperson for BCRC Fund the Mission video shown at their 2015 Art Bra Austin singular fundraising event. (video)  It truly was an experience to remember. Fast forward to me completing treatment, I was again in search of a job. When I heard about this position opening up, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Teach people, help them find resources and help them in any way I could if they hear those dreadful words, “You have breast cancer”. This organization is so amazing in what they provide for our clients that I love being a part of it.

me&J eatingWhat did you do prior to your work at the BCRC?

Well I was a United States sailor in the U.S. Navy for 8 years. I was lucky enough to travel all over the world and meet many dear friends and learn about different cultures and foods. My favorite was trying new foods, because I really enjoy eating. I also worked for a small painting company for 5 years before deciding to go to school full time to gain a degree in Communications.

 

What do you do in your spare time? 

me&JI love spending time with my son. We fly drones, read books, have movie nights at home (with popcorn, sodas and candy and even homemade movie tickets), and swimming. I also enjoy hanging with friends and my church family. I love to travel although I haven’t traveled in a while. I’m hoping to visit friends in Florida and Alabama soon. I’ve also began participating in 5K runs/obstacle courses. I love learning how much I can push myself. This year I have the pleasure of being Captain for “Team BCRC” for Race for the Cure. Come join me! If there ever is any left over time I enjoy volunteering at the YMCA and the Capital Area Food Bank. As you can see, I don’t like to sit still for too long.
To find out more about our Screening or Diagnostic Assistance Program you can contact me at- awikswo@bcrc.org or call 512-796-5808.

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