The Breast Cancer Resource Center is a place to ask your questions, explore your options, and connect with a diverse community of survivors, lifers, and thrivers who can relate in a way no one else can. For more than 20 years, the women of BCRC have been dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of those touched by breast cancer.
Through generous community support, all programs and services are offered free of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer regardless of income, ethnicity, education, sexual orientation, or social support. BCRC strives to embody understanding, preserve dignity, and always see the woman as well as the disease. We believe no one should face breast cancer alone.
The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) is a is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. All donations to the Breast Cancer Resource Center are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal law. BCRC's tax identification number is 74-2743333.
History of BCRC
Twenty years ago, a woman with breast cancer had very little help available to her in Central Texas. There was no one to help her cope with the fact she had cancer. No one to provide proof she too could get through the experience.
From within this reality, two women in the midst of treatment formed a bond through their shared experience. Their names were Ann and Sherry. Soon it became undeniable - having the support of someone who understood what they were going though was huge.
In 1995, these women teamed up with several others (two nurses and a social worker among them) and founded the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
They had a helpline and a support group. They formed a “database” of survivors who could provide encouragement to other women.
Training was simple and focused on how to be a good listener, how to provide understanding, and how to communicate hope.
In the years since, BCRC has become much more than a volunteer helpline.
Today, in addition to being survivors, BCRC staff are trained professionals and experts in where to go, what to do next, and how to keep moving forward.
Through it all, our goal has remained the same - help women with breast cancer chart a course and find their way forward - in the way that’s right for them.
I took my volunteer calls very seriously. I would go into my room, shut the door, and take several deep breaths before I dialed the number. I wanted very badly to be my ‘best self’ for the woman on the other end of that phone because I knew one thing for sure: the woman I was about to call was in crisis.
Ray Anne Evans
Director of Programs
Nicol Ireland, CFRM
Annual Giving Manager
Intake and Volunteer Manager
Patient Navigator/Young Survivor Services
Senior Certified Patient Navigator
Bilingual Certified Patient Navigator
Bilingual Senior Certified Patient Navigator
Mary Ellen Rogers
The best thing about Marj is she made it feel ok to ask any silly, stupid, or important question I had no matter what time of day it was. I don't know what I would have done without her or the Breast Cancer Resource Center
Board of Directors
Director Water Utility Regulation, Public Utility Commission
Chief Business Development Officer, Austin Radiological Association
Norma Jean Chapa
Senior Technical Recruiter, Infinity Ward
Jane Chawla, M.D.
Medical Oncologist, Texas Oncology
A. Elizabeth Colvin | President
Director, Local Affairs at Dell Medical School
Joe Langford, CPA | Treasurer
Owner, Carpenter & Langford, P.C.
Kent Macaulay, DDS | Secretary
Kelly Martinez, M.D.
Breast Surgeon, Austin Breast Center
Gail E. Papermaster
Attorney & Counselor at Law, Striata Group Consulting & Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC
Alison Raffalovich | Past President
Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Revionics, Inc.
Sue Sheppard | President Elect
Retired Associate Judge, Travis County District Courts
Our Board is passionate about ensuring no one in Central Texas faces breast cancer alone.
We’d also like to thank all of the Sewing Circles who provide pillows and camisoles to help women during their recovery.
Call Our Helpline at 512-524-2560 | Línea de Ayuda 512-796-5808