Welcome to Surviving & Thriving 2019!

2019 marks the 17th Anniversary of Surviving & Thriving hosted by Pink Alliance, and we are very excited to invite you to join us
as we welcome Olympic Gold Medal Skating Star Scott Hamilton to Bryan/College Station for our annual celebration of Surviving and Thriving on Thursday, September 26!   
Surviving & Thriving is a hallmark community event which captures the attention of business sponsors and over 700 attendees annually. This event sells-out quickly,
so please make plans to join us by confirming your sponsorship and making your luncheon reservation now.   

MORE THAN $866,000 RAISED since 2002

Over the past 16 years, this community luncheon has raised more than $866,000 to support local breast health initiatives, further cancer awareness, and
serve breast cancer patients through low-cost mammograms and other financial support.


Surviving & Thriving Luncheon is hosted by Pink Alliance, a local nonprofit organization, and the Brazos Valley’s advocate for breast health and cancer support. Alliance board members have joined a group of dedicated community volunteers in hosting this annual luncheon. All funds raised from this luncheon remain in the Brazos Valley to serve and support local breast cancer patients and advance breast health and cancer awareness efforts through Pink Alliance.

In 2016, Pink Alliance launched its Pink Alliance Grant Program to provide funding for important breast health and cancer initiatives in the Brazos Valley.  During the first two years, Pink Alliance has distributed over $223,000 in grants, providing direct support for local patients and countless others indirectly.  In 2017, grant funding provided 547 mammograms, 13 ultrasounds, and 2 biopsies.   During 2018, Pink Alliance awarded $100,000 in grants to 6 organizations.   In addition to its grant funding, 98 low-income patients received medical assistance totaling over $90,777.21 in 2018. 

During 2018, more than 434 hours were registered by individuals attending Pink Alliance Support Group Meetings which meet twice a month. 


As the community’s premiere women’s health awareness event, Surviving & Thriving continues to touch the lives of breast cancer patients, survivors and women.  In so doing, the committee remains focused on its initial goal – to provide resources and support to local breast cancer patients and recognize breast cancer survivors. If you are undergoing cancer treatments or know someone who could benefit from services provided by Pink Alliance, please contact us.

A special thanks to the countless medical professionals and business sponsors who continue to support and advocate for this important women’s health issue.


Thank you for joining us as we celebrate another year of

“Surviving & Thriving."

2019 Surviving & Thriving Luncheon Committee

Kay McWhorter, Co-Chair and Pink Alliance Board Member
Janie McDougal, co-Chair and Pink Alliance Board Member

Lou Blinn, Breast Cancer Survivor
Charlene Broome, Breast Cancer Survivor
Julie Colunga, Community Volunteer
Debbie Dunlap, Pink Alliance Board Member and Cancer Survivor
Gaye Dunn, Cancer Survivor
Carole Faulkner, Breast Cancer Survivor
Patricia Gerling, Pink Alliance Board Member and Breast Cancer Survivor
Thelma Isenhart, Breast Cancer Survivor
Lee Ann Ray, Community Volunteer
Jeannie McCray Kipp, Pink Alliance Board Member and Breast Cancer Survivor
Deborah Klepac, Breast Cancer Survivor
Doris Light, President - Pink Alliance and Breast Cancer Survivor
Cathy Lyles, Breast Cancer Survivor
Tracy Paine, Community Volunteer
Reba Ragsdale, Pink Alliance Board Member and breast cancer survivor
Rhonda Raphael, Community Volunteer
Polli satterwhite, Community volunteer
Sue Schuelke, Community Volunteer
Jackie Slovacek, Breast Cancer Survivor
Misti Swick, Community Volunteer
Sally Dee Wade, Pink Alliance Board Member and Breast Cancer Survivor


If you would like to become a part of this event, call Reba Ragsdale at 979.229.1200.