Beth Bradner Davis, Executive Director of the BCRFA (left), Jill Carter, President of the BCRFA Board of Directors (center), and Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB (right).
By Abbey Crain | [email protected]
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) gave $1,050,000, it’s largest donation ever, to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“Without the significant support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, we simply wouldn’t have a leading breast cancer research program that brings so many important, cutting-edge scientific discoveries to the patients of this state,” said Dr. Barry Sleckman, the new Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. “It’s an exciting time for breast cancer research.”
The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is one of 50 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.
The more than $1 million brings BCRFA’s donations to breast cancer research to UAB to nearly $10 million. The record-breaking donation is made up of $6,000 raised from the City of Gardendale’s annual Charity Bowl youth football tournament and $26,000 from Cahaba Brewery’s CahabaQue fundraiser. Almost half of the donation was raised through BCRFA specialty car tag sales, with 13,000 people purchasing tags across the state.
Jill Carter, BCRFA’s board president was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer 11 years ago, but has been cancer free for almost eight years. “My healing would not have been possible without the work of researchers seeking to cure breast cancer,” Carter said in a press release. “I am so thankful for those who have come before me to create treatments that save my life, but we still have more work to do!”