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A Golden Girl toasts the survival of breast cancer

The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas (BCRC), an organization dedicated to serving women following diagnosis, proudly announces Emmy Award winning actress  and breast cancer survivor Rue McClanahan of the Golden Girls as the keynote speaker for their 14th Annual Champagne Brunch & Auction. Guests will also be treated to live music by the Tosca String Quartet—the cutting edge, all-female ensemble that has toured and recorded with legends such as David Byrne, the Dixie Chicks, Spoon, Bonnie Raitt— during the extensive and eclectic silent auction to benefit the organization.

“The Breast Cancer Resource Center assists women from every walk of life through their journey of diagnosis and recovery at no cost,” said Vivian Smith, Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. “We are so excited about this year’s brunch as it gives us the support we need to help these women get back on their feet after their life-changing diagnosis.”

Join the BCRC and the beloved Rue McClanahan as she speaks on aging gracefully and her experience as a breast cancer survivor. Also taking part in the brunch are this year’s honorary chairs Gail Chovan, local fashion and jewelry designer and breast cancer survivor, along with her sister Lori Chovan Redunski and mother Ann Chovan, who are also both breast cancer survivors, to recognize these brave and courageous women on September 27 to kick off October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (www.nbcam.org).

This momentous annual event will attract women from all over to celebrate survivorship, support and sisterhood. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in Texas and this year there are approximately 200 thousand new cases of breast cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. The brunch raises a large portion of the Breast Cancer Resource Center’s annual operating budget to help these women and their families and attracts more than 750 guests, many of whom are doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and most importantly, an incredible community of survivors, their families, and their friends.

KEYE’s Michelle Valles will serve as the emcee and Ray Combs will be the auctioneer of the 2009 brunch. The auction will offer many opportunities to bid on valuable items including brunch for 10 at Chez Zee with Jody Conradt, retired head coach for the women's basketball team at University of Texas at Austin and two coach class tickets on Continental valid anywhere in the contiguous US, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Sunday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Boulevard; 512.343.2626
www.bcrc.org 
$85 per person
Sponsorships from $250 - $10,000
To purchase tickets visit
www.bcrconline.org or call 512.544.0902

As breast cancer survivors, the BCRC helps women of any age, culture, education, profession, and financial status navigate from diagnosis through recovery, and all services are free of charge.

Founded in 1995, the BCRC now serves close to 5,000 clients each year from four locations. The BCRC, whose main office is located at Park St. David’s, offers a helpline to provide immediate support; weekly orientations to clarify diagnosis and treatment options and provide information about available resources, a lending library including a special Children's Resource Collection to assist parents in explaining breast cancer to their children, peer-to-peer support, a number of support groups, and physical recovery information. The BCRC program for the medically underserved, which is largely funded by a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Austin Affiliate, provides a multicultural, bilingual, multiracial team of staff and volunteers that work with the women being treated in the breast clinic of the Shivers Cancer Center at Brackenridge Hospital. The BCRC assists patients by providing emotional support and by aiding with the practical matters of filling out forms and formulating questions for the physicians.  The team also has offices at St. David’s Professional Building in Round Rock and their newest location in The Women’s Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Learn more about the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas services and events at http://www.bcrc.org

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