History

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Pink Alliance was established in 2007 by

five local breast cancer survivors to assist those newly-diagnosed with

breast cancer and to respond to the needs of the community regarding

breast health and cancer awareness, detection and treatment.

 

All board members volunteer their services to the community, and all funds raised remain in our local community

 
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PINK ALLIANCE

serves as the Brazos Valley's advocate for breast health and cancer support by:

•  Providing reliable, informative resources

• Inspiring hope through individual and group support

• Offering access to medical treatments for those with limited means.

Pink Alliance accomplishes its mission by working in concert with community partners including but not limited to Baylor Scott & White Health, CHI St. Joseph Health, Cancer Clinic, Health for All, Healthpoint, Medi-Care Equipment Specialties, P&H Services and the Texas A&M Health Science Center, among other businesses and health care affiliates.

 

In 2014, Pink Alliance assumed responsibility for hosting the community’s annual breast cancer awareness luncheon, Surviving & Thriving.  

 

PINK ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Doris Light, President

Janie McDougal, Secretary

Reba Ragsdale, Treasurer

Debbie Dunlap, Director

Patricia Gerling, Director

Jeannie Kipp, Director

Kay McWhorter, Director

Carolyn Oatman, Director

Sally Dee Wade, Director

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Pink Alliance Board of Directors

  Pink Alliance Board of Directors  ( from left to right - front row)   Kay McWhorter, Jeannie Kipp, Cheryl Pederson, Patricia Gerling; back row, Carolyn Oatman, Janie McDougal, Doris Light, Sally Dee Wade, Reba Ragsdale]

Pink Alliance Board of Directors
(from left to right - front row)  Kay McWhorter, Jeannie Kipp, Cheryl Pederson, Patricia Gerling; back row, Carolyn Oatman, Janie McDougal, Doris Light, Sally Dee Wade, Reba Ragsdale]

 
 

Doris Light, President

I received the dreaded ‘You have cancer’ call on April 3, 2006, and began the fight for my life on that day.  With the prayers and support of my family and friends, I endured a lumpectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy, and 32 radiation treatments.  It’s now clear to me that I’m not the person that I was before diagnosis – I’m better!  Today I enjoy providing loving support, helpful advice, and a bit of laughter to other women as they fight their battle against breast cancer.  It is my sincere hope that I can encourage and uplift those who now travel the road that I once did, and I can be a flashlight into their fearless darkness.  Along with the other board members of the Pink Alliance, I aim to make their way easier with the knowledge that they are not alone in their journey.

Janie McDougal, Secretary
(join board in...)

It was not really a huge surprise when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Both my mother and my sister were already breast cancer survivors, and I knew I was a likely candidate for it sometime in the future.  Although filled with certain fear and dread as I faced a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy in May 2001, I was comforted by the strength and faith that my mother and sister demonstrated as they underwent treatment and became strong and healthy survivors.  Through the prayer and support of my family and friends, the surgery and chemotherapy went well, and I became a very grateful survivor.  It is my desire through Pink Alliance to provide compassion, encouragement and helpful information to the women in our community as they receive diagnoses for breast cancer and then move forward through treatment with hope and anticipation to the time that they, too, will be happy and healthy survivors!

Reba Ragsdale, Treasurer
(Founding board member)

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, I, naturally, thought I was going to die.  After overcoming the shock of knowing that I had cancer, I realized that there was a new beginning ahead for me, a new hope bringing a new perspective on life.  Through God’s grace, I survived Stage III breast cancer, and I want to make a positive difference in other women’s lives as they experience their journey with breast cancer.

Debbie Dunlap, Director
(joined board in September 2017)

At the age of 61 and with no family history of cancer, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in April 2010, after an annual mammogram.  It was a total shock, and I was overwhelmed. After a lumpectomy, I had 6 chemo treatments and 7 weeks of radiation due to lymph nodes involvement.  I believe my mammogram saved my life. It was not easy, but with lots of prayers and support from family and friends I did quite well. I love reaching out to other women who are experiencing the same journey and want to make a positive difference in their lives.  Today, I am a breast cancer survivor and am very blessed.

Patricia Gerling, Past President and Director
(joined board in august 2011)

At the age of 44, four words changed my life on October 1, 2002... "You have breast cancer." After dealing with the shock and irony of being diagnosed on the first day of breast cancer awareness month, I found strength to accept the journey in the solitude of my parish's chapel. My mother had faced a similar challenge over 10 years earlier and won the fight, so I was set to join her and other friends in survivorship. I had a bilateral mastectomy and six chemotherapy treatments, and vowed to use my breast cancer journey to help others. Today, I am a breast cancer survivor and... Life is Good!"

Jeannie Mccray Kipp, Director
(joined board in february 2015)

Jeannie Kipp has been a lifelong community volunteer and passionate supporter of Pink Alliance.  Jeannie's knowledge of the community, marketing skills and understanding of the breast cancer journey make her a valuable resource in guiding the Pink Alliance board to new heights.

Kay McWhorter, Director
(joined board in may 2014)

There is no breast cancer in my family but in June, 2000, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I learned a new language!! I had received a mammogram 6 months before, but mine was found by looking in the mirror.  I had Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma.  The tumor was 4 1/2 cm.  I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy because of the type of breast cancer that I had. They found that I also had lymph node involvement. I had 8 chemo treatments and 5 weeks of radiation treatments.  My husband, Mike, and I decided from the beginning to look for positive things in this journey.  Even with the fear of this journey, the unknown, we did have some great laughs!  I want to encourage everyone to get your mammograms and don't be shy about drying off in front of a mirror after bathing.  My mirror might have saved my life!

Carolyn Oatman, Director
(joined board in january 2015)

I was diagnosed with stage 1 lobular breast cancer in February, 2003 at age 56.  I had a lumpectomy to remove the malignant tumor in my left breast and thankfully there was no lymph node involvement.  My gynecologist discovered the lump during my annual breast exam. Although the mammogram and subsequent sonogram results did not show the tumor, we could definitely feel the lesion in my left breast.  An MRI confirmed the tumor and surgery occurred in March, 2003. After recovery from surgery, I started 7 weeks of radiation near the location of the removed tumor. The specifics of this breast cancer journey sound very matter of fact, but there was a great deal of emotion going on during this time.  I had wonderful support from my husband, family, medical personal and friends which made my journey more than manageable.

Sally Dee Wade, Director
(joined board in february 2015)

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2010.  No lumps, no bumps, annual mammograms, but I had malignant calcification. After a partial mastectomy, I had six months of chemotherapy, followed by six weeks of daily radiation.   The greatest learning we do is through times of trial and suffering, and cancer was an amazing learning experience.  In a situation that I could not change, I leaned on my faith and saw that everything I needed was provided:  superb medical care from physicians who anticipated every need, supportive family and friends who showered me with encouragement, and peace that knitted everything together.   Cancer was not fun; it was not easy, but it provided an opportunity for me to reach out to others in my life who face the same disease.   In many ways it was a blessing.