The Breast Cancer Charities of America exists to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness. We bring together organizations representing all health and social service disciplines in the commitment to establish new and unprecedented levels of effectiveness in research, education, advocacy and support. BCCA is the only non-profit bringing the ‘integrated cancer care’ message to women of America.
Why another breast cancer charity?
The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is the only non-profit bringing the “integrated cancer care” message to the women of America. We bring together the different health care and allied health care disciplines—oncology, nursing, psychology, sociology, nutrition, exercise physiology, spirituality and more. Working together, these professions comprise the new discipline of “integrated cancer care.” Integrated cancer care is long overdue in this nation. Today it holds the one best promise for preventing, treating and surviving breast cancer. It saves lives!
What exactly is “integrated cancer care?”
Integrated cancer care brings the “whole person”—body, mind and spirit—to the cancer prevention, treatment and recovery effort. Traditional cancer care stops with surgery and chemotherapy. Integrated cancer care adds to orthodox care the important elements of nutrition, exercise, mind/body, social support and even a search for greater meaning. When the whole person gets well, the body will often follow.
Does integrated care replace medicine?
No. Integrated cancer care is employed in addition to, not in place of, orthodox medicine. Many of the leading edge scientific studies show techniques like diet, exercise, and social support can be as powerful as drugs and surgery. BCCA exists to deliver this message to women with breast cancer and to educate healthcare providers with this news. The result: we will change medicine and we will save lives.
I’ve never heard of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
It is an organization that brings together progressive breast cancer authorities from a variety of healthcare and allied professions, experts with literally hundreds of years of combined experience. BCCA is an agent for change. The group is dedicated to ending breast cancer as a life-threatening illness.
How will the funds be used?
Financial support will be used to conduct research on the link between breast cancer and nutrition. Funding will also be employed to educate the public and health care professionals on integrated cancer care. Another portion of gifts will be dedicated to the “Help Now Fund,” which provides emergency financial assistance to help people in active treatment with their rent and utilities.
The Breast Cancer Charities of America. Changing breast cancer! Join the movement!
Erica A. Tullis, Executive Director
When Erica’s father was given a ’30 days to live’ cancer diagnosis nearly 25 years ago, finding the connection between health, wellness and cancer became a core mission. After seeing her father overcome the odds and live a healthy, cancer-free lifestyle today, Erica’s mission remains to help all people understand the importance of integrated wellness–especially women, as breast cancer can be linked in many ways to diet, exercise and nutrition.
“Being able to help women really understand that breast cancer is treatable, preventable and curable through non-invasive means is my goal. There’s hope and options beyond surgery–there aren’t enough people that understand non-invasive options exist. At BCCA, we are leading the way to integrated health and wellness in finding the cure to breast cancer.”
Erica is an advocate for non-invasive breast cancer research and focuses on putting the patient first. “Too many times people get caught up with funding only research that they forget there are people who need help today, right now—that’s why our Help Now Fund and non-invasive research funding puts that focus back on the patient.”
Erica enjoys photography, working out, singing, cooking and spending time with her family.
LeighAnn Faour, Director of Operations
Leigh Ann has made BCCA her home after ten plus years of hands-on accounting/finance experience.
While my family has been blessed to have minimal cancer in our medical history, it has touched my life through friends. I have compassion and empathy for the life changing impact it has on survivors and their families.
BCCA has given me the opportunity to do what I enjoy most and be part of a great organization.
Calynn Kutter, Development Manager
Calynn comes to BCCA as the Development Manager. She was raised in Montgomery County and has a heart for giving back to her community. She received her Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Sales from The McCoy College of Business at Texas State University, and has spent the past three years in Houston, TX in outside sales, focusing on relational and team development. Coming from a large family, Calynn has seen most of her family work in different ministries and missions, and has always dreamed of using her gifts and talents for a greater purpose. She believes this position with BCCA will do just that.
“My mother always told me that no matter where I am, I am there to make a difference in the lives of others. Making a difference is something I strive for every day, and is what I am most exited about doing with BCCA.”
Kayla Rivera, Executive Assistant
Kayla learned about cancer, and developed compassion for those diagnosed, at an early age while being by her grandmother’s side through treatment of colon cancer. Kayla saw the emotional up’s and down’s that her grandmother went though, but the memory remains how her grandmother’s positive spirit and strength always shined through. In addition to her grandmother, Kayla’s mother-in-law is also a breast cancer survivor.
“I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization.” said Kayla.
Kayla’s number one goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others and offer hope and compassion to those diagnosed with all forms of cancer.
Kayla is a happily married mom of a little boy named Landon. She enjoys reading, journaling, movies, and travel.
Jenea Martinez, Programs Assistant
Jenea first established her relationship with BCCA in October 2012, as a volunteer at the Unmasking Breast Cancer Gala. Her bond with the BCCA family grew quickly after that and she began an internship in July 2013. She is currently the Programs Assistant.
She will be graduating from Sam Houston State University in December 2013, with a degree in Media Sales and Management, and a minor in Sociology.
“I am greatly humbled by the opportunity to work with such extraordinary people, while spreading such an important message. I love what I do, and I look forward to what the future holds with BCCA.”
Brittany McVey, Accounting Assistant
Brittany comes to BCCA with a background in non-profit volunteer management. In 2012 she decided to return to college and is currently studying Business at Lone Star College – Montgomery.
“Three generations of women in my family have fought and won the battle against breast cancer. The innovative work that BCCA does is near and dear to my heart, and I am happy to be a part of the team!”
Brittany enjoys preparing healthy, yummy meals and feels especially drawn to the integrated wellness approach that BCCA advocates. She also enjoys running, dancing, doing yoga, and going to as many indie rock concerts as possible.
Douglas Runkle, Chief Operating Officer
Doug is a seasoned dual disciplined Fundraising and Human Resources professional. Prior to joining the non-profit sector in 2005, he spent 13 years in for-profit companies ranging from technology to marketing and public relations. Doug holds a BSBA from Shippensburg University.
In addition to his work with the Foundation, he currently sits as a voting member on The Council for Non-Profit Accountability; a national think-tank dedicated to helping non-profits develop responsible reporting methods to the public about their activities.
Arthur Granito, Chief Financial Officer
Before joining our team at the Cancer Recovery Foundation Group of Charities, Art served 23 years as the Chief Financial Officer for a multi-billion dollar pension fund. Prior to that, Art was an audit manager in the State Auditor General’s Office for 14 years. Art is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.
Art is married and enjoys time with his grandchildren. He also enjoys golfing, cooking and international traveling.
Katie Schock, Grant Writer
Katie has helped non-profit organizations identify, develop and maintain grants that fund crucial programs and services. She develops relationships with private foundations and corporations to effectively expand dollars for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
She began her career working as an advocate for organizations providing disabilities services, youth organizations/education organizations and health organizations to secure government sources of funding. She has since focused on assisting non-profits secure funding through Foundations, Grants and Corporate Partnerships for organizational programs and projects. She has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from Ohio University.
Katie enjoys yoga, dancing, singing, and spending time with her family and friends. She recently had her first baby boy and is enjoying all the wonderful moments of being a new mommy.
Catie Fuller, Partnership/Campaigns
Catie joins the BCCA team as Director of Marketing with 7+ years of experience in sales and marketing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin.
Catie has always had a passion for community service. She started at a young age as a member of Houston Northwest Medical Center’s Junior Volunteer program and later served as Philanthropy Chair for her sorority at UT. As a professional cheerleader for the Houston Texans from 2006-2010 she was fortunate to participate in a number of community projects throughout Houston and surrounding areas as well as visit and perform for our U.S. Military troops overseas. She is now an active member of the Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties- Women building better communities.
“Joining BCCA has allowed me to combine my professional background with my passion to serve. The Integrated Cancer Care message is so vital to the prevention and treatment of Breast Cancer and I love spending each day finding ways to creatively spread that message.”
Garret Piper, Website Manager
Garret studied communications at Penn State. He has many functions within Cancer Recovery Foundation Group of Charities. However, his key role in support of The Breast Cancer Charities of America is maintaining the website. The combination of having an eye for layout and the ability to develop those concepts on the web make him an important asset to the BCCA team.
Garret married his high school sweetheart and they have started a family by having their first son. He enjoys playing baseball, hunting, fishing, hanging out with the guys, and golfing every chance he gets.
Austin Kulp, Creative Manager
Austin started working for Cancer Recovery Foundation Group of Charities in 2008 while attending Penn State. After graduating from Penn State 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications, Austin started working full time as the Creative Manager for BCCA.
“Assisting those who have been affected by cancer is a great passion of mine. I have witnessed first hand the adversity that the cancer journey can bring. I am proud to say that I work for a great organization, that not only works to finding a cure but also assists with the day to day cancer journey needs.”
Austin enjoys playing sports, working out, cooking, and spending time with his family.
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Board of Directors
Diana Holman-Gregor; Vice President
Linda Kamp Anderson; Secretary/Treasurer
Theo Ruth Cox; Board Member