The Rose isn’t giving up

A message from our CEO & Co-Founder Dorothy Gibbons

The Rose’s Fiscal Year runs from August 1 through July 31 and that means that our past year was equally divided between Pre-COVID-19 pandemic and Mid-COVID-19 pandemic. As we look back, marveling at the contrast between those two periods of time, our continued hope and prayer is that you, our community of friends and supporters, continue to stay safe.

Pre-COVID-19, The Rose was on target to serve over 40,000 women and men and more uninsured patients than the previous year. We were anxiously awaiting the arrival of another mobile mammography coach and planning a brand-new program that would help our patients find a medical home. Most importantly, we were finding cancers at early stages and navigating those uninsured patients who were diagnosed into treatment in record time.

Then COVID-19 entered and our world changed overnight. Although biopsies and diagnostic work-ups are deemed essential services, the worldwide shortage of Personal Protective Equipment forced us to close both of our Centers and stop the Mobile Program in March. Those eight weeks of being closed meant a $3,000,000 loss in revenue.

There has been so much that all of us had to give up since March 2020. Going to work, school, and church, good health, being with friends and loved ones, -- the list is as long as your arm and different for everyone. Some people lost promising careers or thriving businesses through no fault of their own. Others lost their lives despite the heroic efforts of healthcare providers.

Nothing prepared any of us for what those losses would mean to our daily lives or their toll on our souls. Nothing prepared us for the grief or the fear of what’s next or if this pandemic will ever end. We have all had to deal with unimaginable challenges and learn to rely on each other for encouragement and support.

That’s why I know that no matter what, The Rose isn’t giving up!

Our donors are the number one reason that we reopened our doors in May and why The Rose will make it through this pandemic and be stronger on the other side of it. We won’t… we can’t… give up caring for our patients or helping the uninsured man or woman. We’re not giving up on offering every person, regardless of their ability to pay, a chance to live.

Our amazing staff is doing everything they can to serve as many patients as possible. They are working longer hours and Saturdays and making sure to prioritize those patients whose initial screening indicates a need for follow-up diagnostic services. This is the same staff that all agreed to a reduction in pay to offset our losses and ensure that The Rose would survive. They are the heart of The Rose and I so appreciate them.

How will we ever be able to thank our insured clients for their patience and loyalty? They know how much we depend on them to care for the uninsured patient. The same is true of our mobile mammography partners, Federally Qualified Health Centers, community clinics, and physician offices; all found ways to protect patients’ safety and helped us serve those most in need.

The people and moments we lost, the challenges we faced, and the memories we made—all that we have learned about ourselves and our resiliency will never be forgotten.

Your support and prayers sustained us through this time; you are the relationships that lifted us up and now allow us to look toward 2021 with abundant faith and renewed resolve.

Thank you for not giving up on The Rose.

Dorothy Gibbons
CEO & Co-Founder of The Rose

“We won’t… we can’t… give up caring for our patients or helping the uninsured man or woman. We’re not giving up on offering every person, regardless of her ability to pay, a chance to live.”

- Dorothy Gibbons, CEO & Co-Founder of The Rose

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"Saving lives through quality breast health services, advocacy and access to care for all."

Not giving up on her, on him, on us

Aurora & Gerry's Story

Aurora with her husband, Gerry and their four sons and daughters

“Like everyone in that moment when they get the news, I didn’t think it would happen to me.” But Aurora Garcia knew more than most 43-year-olds about breast cancer. She knew it could happen to anyone at any time. She knew the importance of both women and men having access to mammograms. She had spent many hours supporting The Rose and its mission, volunteering at events, being part of phone banks, answering questions. She was all too aware of the impact breast cancer has on a family.

Aurora’s 4-year marriage to Gerry had brought her into a family that had already lost so much from breast cancer and were warriors in raising awareness.

The Rose had been the lifeline for Gerry’s first wife, Ana Barron Garcia. She had spent nearly a year trying to find answers watching her symptoms worsen. Due to being uninsured, Ana was referred to The Rose and it was there that she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer IBC, an aggressive and often fatal cancer. She was 30 years old. In spite of first-class medical treatment, made possible through The Rose, and her own courageous and gallant fight, five years later she lost her battle, leaving behind Gerry and their young children, ten-year-old Bryanna and five-year-old Maverick.

Gerry’s grief soon turned to resolve when Ana’s brother, Daniel, created “30 for Ana”, a 30-mile run, as a platform for raising awareness about IBC. At every opportunity, they shared Ana’s story, always emphasizing that IBC is too often misdiagnosed in young women. Running a grueling 30 miles, the distance between The Rose, the medical center and her grave, Gerry, Daniel, Ana’s family and a host of volunteers have made 30 for Ana a major annual fundraiser for The Rose. As of 2019, they have raised more than $210,000 to provide care for uninsured, young women and men.

When Aurora came into Gerry’s life, she too took up this fight working alongside the entire family, attending every run, recruiting volunteers, raising funds and whatever was required, proud to be part of the events that honored Ana.


The day Aurora received the call to meet with Dr. Dixie Melillo for her biopsy results, Gerry knew all too well what that call could mean. In her heart, Aurora knew also.

Now breast cancer became personal and once again it was a family affair. Braving the most difficult and heart-wrenching step, they told their children. Aurora’s children, Jonathan and Bibiana, were having this conversation for the first time while Bryanna and Maverick had been there before. Her family, his family, all appalled by the news, all knew this disease too well, but none were about to give up. They did what they have always done – rally, support and fight together.

Even though Aurora’s cancer was not IBC, at stage 3B it was going to be the fight of her life. She faced a series of surgeries, months of treatment, and multiple trips to hospitals and appointments. COVID-19 meant she had to continue chemotherapy treatment, radiation treatment, every after-surgery recovery and every trip alone. Families, loved ones, friends were not allowed to be with her. Those days were especially hard. She knew that even when they could not be physically by her side, her family and Ana’s family were there in spirit. Their notes, their calls, their prayers kept her going and her faith in God never let her give up.

Although having to keep her distance from many of those offering support, her long-time companion and 11-year-old dog Pixie was always there to offer love and comfort. Ironically, a few months after Aurora’s diagnosis, Pixie too was diagnosed with mammary cancer. After surgery and a similar fighting spirit, today she is also a cancer survivor.

Today, a survivor herself, treatment nearly complete and slowly recovering her strength again, Aurora is readying for this year’s 30 for Ana event. She has committed to walk 5 miles for the virtual event while bringing awareness to breast cancer and raising much-needed funds for The Rose.

She’s part of a family that knows a lot about not giving up…on her, on him, on us.

Celebrating the tenacity of a 5-Year Breast Cancer Survivor

Ediana's Story

Ediana ringing the bell with friends and family.

As a student in her last year of college, Ediana was looking forward to graduation, a new job and life after college. Unfortunately, life had other plans. The Monday following her May commencement, the 29-year old received a call from a doctor at The Rose confirming that she indeed had breast cancer.

But that is not where her story begins.

The previous October, Ediana felt a lump in her right breast and visited her local university clinic. She was told that the lump was probably due to her menstrual cycle and not to worry. She reports she heard the two clinicians laugh at her question about needing a mammogram as she left the exam room. "You’re too young for a mammogram," she was told.

Thinking she was overreacting, she put her breast issue aside and continued to work toward her graduation. Her breast continued to be an issue; it grew from the size of a marble to the size of a golf ball; the breast became inflamed and changed color. It was late spring, and she was focused on her engineering studies and exams and had no time for breast cancer. But when her mother saw her breast, she panicked and insisted she visit a doctor immediately.

At the clinic, she received an exam and antibiotics to fight off an infection, as well as an ultrasound. The next day the doctor called with urgency, and with devastating news, he thought it could be cancer.
Nothing can be scarier than to be told that you may have breast cancer, except if you are uninsured. Thankfully, the doctor referred Ediana to The Rose.

“The Rose called immediately, and within a week, I had financial assistance I needed for the exams, medical appointments, and all the support anyone could hope for.”

By the age of 30, Ediana was dealing with Stage 4 invasive breast cancer and was treated with the most aggressive drugs available. It has not been an easy road, but she credits her faith, family, friends, and The Rose for getting her through her cancer experience.

Don’t give cancer any power; if you give it power, it can destroy you. If you don’t, you win—sage advice from this grateful breast cancer survivor.

Ediana credits The Rose with her life today. "Because of The Rose I am alive! You gave me life, you gave me hope, and because of you I can dream, and I have a future.”

"Because of The Rose, I am alive! You gave me life, you gave me hope, and because of you I can dream, and I have a future.”

- Ediana, Breast Cancer Survivor

Not giving up on the newly uninsured patient

We all know a person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and whose world has been completely turned upside down – impacting family, friends, and the local community in which they live. As if a breast cancer diagnosis weren't bad enough in and of itself, imagine being diagnosed without any health insurance. Unfortunately, this is the current reality for many Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the USA Families July 2020 report, "The COVID-19 Pandemic and Resulting Economic Crash Have Caused the Greatest Health Insurance Losses in American History", the increase in the number of uninsured adults, which resulted from the economic downturn just during the short period from February to May 2020, was 39% larger than any annual increase ever recorded.

Consider the facts. Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, one in three working adults in Texas did not have health insurance. A staggering 3.2 million Texans have applied for unemployment since March. An estimated 1.6 million Texans no longer have health insurance. Texas ranks number two among states with the highest number of newly uninsured people.

The Rose recently served a patient, Lisa, who was laid off from her job due to the current pandemic. She was accustomed to having health insurance. It was time for Lisa’s annual mammogram and The Rose was the only resource available to her. Not only did she receive no-cost breast health care, but she also said that everyone at The Rose was very kind and offered the best customer service.

Unemployment means no health insurance.

In the weeks and months, maybe years ahead, The Rose will see many patients like Lisa and we must be prepared to meet their needs. As people do not return to work, the number of newly uninsured people will continue to increase and we anticipate the increase in overwhelming numbers.

It’s never easy to ask for help, particularly in our work-ethic culture. It’s especially difficult if a person has never had to ask for help before. It is not easy to set aside one’s pride and go “hat in hand” asking for a once routine service.

That’s why we will ask on behalf of the newly uninsured people, who are the other victims of COVID-19.

We know the consequences if we don’t. We also know that with your help, women and men will not have to die from breast cancer.

COVID-19 has already claimed too many lives.

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Patient Navigation

The uninsured patient's secret to survival

There are some procedures that simply can’t be done remotely. A mammogram is one; a biopsy is another.

Telling a patient that they have cancer simply must be done in-person. Even though we can’t hold their hand or hug them right now, COVID-19 won’t stop us from sitting by their side as our physician explain the biopsy results.

"You have breast cancer" are among the most difficult words for any person to hear. "You have breast cancer" immediately translates into your life will never be the same, not during the months ahead, not whenever you must face another test, not for a very long time. Someday you will reach all the milestones; someday, you will hear that you are "cancer-free." But on that day, when you hear those biopsy results, your world will stop, your mind and body will go numb and those "somedays" feel very far away.

The patient who doesn’t have insurance has all the same fears as an insured patient. They worry if they'll survive, wonders if they will live to raise their children, and is understandably afraid of what the future holds.

But when an uninsured patient is diagnosed, their first question is, "How will I pay for this?” For those patients, our patient navigators have the answers.

Treatment is expensive, and enduring the medical processes and testing along the way is daunting. Qualifying the uninsured patient for a treatment program is the navigator’s first step. There aren’t many options, but our navigators know each one, and they also know timely treatment is the patient's only hope for survival. Once approved for treatment at a local hospital or medical center, patient navigators continue to be the patient's companion, helping them access services all along the way. Even knowing where to park can be an overwhelming decision when you’re facing a day of chemotherapy.

Navigators coach patients through doctor visits and difficult conversations with families. They provide information about local resources for access to food, rent assistance programs, transportation, and medical management. They help their children understand "what is happening to Mommy or Daddy."

Patient Navigators are the first to encourage them and will continue to be by their side, celebrating with them every victory along the way to recovery.

The uninsured patient diagnosed with breast cancer is 60% more likely than an insured patient to die from the disease. That’s one statistic we can’t live with. Patient navigators are the uninsured patient's secret to survival. That’s what we offer to the 153 uninsured patients who were diagnosed and navigated into treatment by The Rose this past year.

Known by patients as a "trusted friend," patient navigators do whatever it takes to guide both women and men through difficult and complex financial and cultural hurdles that otherwise would land them in the emergency room or financially bankrupt.

The new faces on our team


Pamela Lovett
Chair of the Board

The Rose welcomes Pamela Lovett as the new Chair of the Board of Directors and announces the election of new officers. Pamela has supported The Rose since 2007 when she initiated the organization’s first signature luncheon and has served on The Rose Board of Directors since 2018. “The Rose is most fortunate to have a strong, committed board, talented staff and an amazing array of supporters!” said Pamela, “As chair, I send my thanks to everyone for your investment of time, talent and treasure.”


Ann Al-Bahish
Board Member

Ann Al-Bahish is our newest member of the board and is a Partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP. She specializes in environmental and commercial matters. Ann also has a background and expertise in public health earning her Ph.D. in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Ann is a founding and current board member of the nonprofit Doctors For Change, serves as Chair and Chair Emerita of the board of Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, and is on the board of the Houston Area Women’s Center. With a strong personal and familial connection to breast cancer and the toll it takes, Ann is honored to join the board and believes that The Rose is a valuable safety net and the first step for many in fighting a deadly disease that has killed so many of our friends and family.


William J. Donovan
Board Member

Bill Donovan, community volunteer and retired from owning and operating a logistics company, Universal Terminal Warehouse Company, headquartered in Houston, has joined The Rose’s Board. Donovan brings a history of business expertise, military and volunteer service to The Rose. He learned of The Rose after his wife, Karen, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Exposure to those in need through his travels around the world and knowing that Karen was blessed with insurance and access to excellent care, Bill feels that The Rose is a perfect place to use his managerial and life experiences to help a local organization serving the needs of those less fortunate.

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Theresa Einhorn
Board Member

Theresa Einhorn, retired attorney from Haynes and Boone, LLP joined the board in 2019. While practicing law, she handled complex financings and commercial transactions while serving as head of the Energy Finance Working Group. In retirement, she has brought her experience and leadership skills to many community organizations including, but not limited to, the Society for the Performing Arts, the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership and the United Way of Greater Houston. A lifelong advocate, her passion to empower women has been woven throughout all areas of her life, including her career, leadership roles and volunteer efforts. The Rose's mission to provide access to breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services regardless of the patient’s ability to pay resonated deeply with Theresa and created an opportunity for her to do what she does best --- fight for others.

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Beth Gilliard
Board Member

Beth Gilliard joined the board in 2020 and is an Accredited ACH Professional and Senior Vice President Treasury Management Services at Texas Citizens Bank- Pasadena, Texas. She has worked in banking for more than 40 years. Over the last 35 years, she has made a name for herself in Treasury Management Services. Beth is an advocate and has a passion to educate women on financial literacy. She is honored to bring that passion to The Rose’s mission where she is impressed with the organization’s empathy and focus on patient care and cost to the patient is not an issue.

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Liz Rigney
Board Member

Liz (Elizabeth) Winfield Rigney joined the board in 2019 after chairing The Rose’s Annual Luncheon, which was the most successful fundraiser in the history of The Rose. Liz brings with her a vast array of community and leadership experience serving over 18 organizations, including, but not limited to, Camp for All, the Houston Theta Charity Antiques Show, Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Amazing Place, TIRR Family Foundation, Junior League of Houston, River Oaks Garden Club and Chapel Hill Historical Society. Liz said being involved with The Rose’s Annual Luncheon was a life changing event.


Debbie Robinson
Board Member

Debbie Robinson, community volunteer and assistant to the head of the school at The Kinkaid School, joined the board in 2019. Her role with The Rose has come full circle first knowing about The Rose through her volunteer work and serving on a committee that approved funding for the organization.  Her non-profit board service includes the Junior League of Houston and the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., The Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, TX, the Episcopal Health Foundation, The Health Museum, Holly Hall, Kappa Kappa Gamma Houston Alumnae Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary and the Kinkaid School Parents’ Association. In her role with The Rose, she would love to see the organization continue to grow and expand their services and visibility in the community as she sees The Rose as a hidden gem in services to all women.

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Dawana Taylor
Outside Board Representative

Dawana Gholar Taylor joined the board in 2019 and is an active member of the Junior League of Houston. She comes as an Outside Board Representative through the Junior League of Houston. She has served as a board member for the Fort Bend County of The Links, Incorporated; Local Infant Formula for Emergencies (LiFE) Houston; and she is the Charter President for the Sugar Land Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. Dawana has had several experiences with loved ones dealing with cancer and is excited to be able to couple her Junior League and other leadership roles to support The Rose’s mission.

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Dr. Raz

Dr. Sarfaraz Sadruddin, better known as Dr. Raz, has a long history of advocating for advancements in breast imagery. He received his MD from the Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine and his Breast Imaging Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

With a grandmother-in-law diagnosed with early advanced breast cancer, Dr. Raz acknowledges how dangerous this cancer can be if not identified earlier. He cautions that this is not the time to delay screening, breast cancer is not going to wait until the pandemic is over. He is eager to contribute to the mission of The Rose and believes that this unique approach to care is something very few institutions can match.


Towo Babayemi

Towo Babayemi is completing a practicum at The Rose, focusing her research on the impact of health care policy changes on breast cancer disparities and the impact of COVID among screening habits within diverse populations. A second-year MPH student at UT Health School of Public Health, she has been a breast cancer policy advocate and has a deep understanding of the importance of policy in addressing health disparities. Her academic research, along with her lived experiences in the U.S. Healthcare System as a Nigerian immigrant, has determined her next step of pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management. She firmly believes that “the development of evidence-based policies will improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and pave the way for a more equitable healthcare system for everyone.”

Hope is coming in the Fall

Right now, we all could use a little hope. Thanks to the Barbara and Fred Kort Foundation, our Hope is coming this Fall.

She is 40 feet long, decked out in pink, and will be a traveling life saver to women and men from Panola to Matagorda Counties. Hope is joining our other mobile mammography coaches: Rosie and Mysty. And never has a new arrival been more welcomed!

We are teased about "naming" our coaches, but each has its own story and was made possible by different supporting patrons and the work they do is serious. Pre-COVID-19, the two coaches served over 8,000 patients annually.

The Rose’s Mobile Mammography Program is the most successful in the State. Our coaches travel farther, serve more women and have more collaborating partners than other programs. With our equal focus on serving the uninsured patients as well as the insured, plus comprehensive follow-up for every patient served, it is no wonder that our coaches are in high demand.

Pre-COVID, the two coaches were booked for months. They still are today, but with a huge difference. Before the pandemic, each coach averaged 24 patients per visit; now, we must limit each mobile site visit to 15 patients. Social distancing and enhanced cleaning require additional time between patients and means that now we must visit the same site more often to meet their needs.


Corporations, small businesses and school districts also count on our mobile coaches. Over 65% of the women we serve said they would not have had their mammogram had we not come to their workplace. With so many corporate partners continuing to work remotely through December, we worry about the long list of patients who need their annual mammograms and about the risks of delaying screening.

One of our biggest challenges has been serving people in rural areas of Central and East Texas. Serving patients at some of the sites meant traveling four hours to reach them, six hours to serve patients, then four hours to return to Houston. Add an hour for setup and another for close up and that meant for some long 16+ hour days. In the past, our staff would stay overnight, serving a community clinic in one county and moving to a different clinic in a nearby county the following day. Right now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, staying overnight is not an option. So, we will be making multiple trips and we’ll do whatever is needed to serve those who need us the most.

Mobile Mammography brings screening to women where they live, work and pray and fulfills our mission—access to care for all. Screening means early detection and that means life for so many of the patients we serve.

COVID-19 has taken a big chunk out of our plans, but not our determination. We are not giving up and look forward to welcoming Hope into our family.

We did it together

COVID-19 didn't stop Employees from giving it their all

Every year the employees of The Rose show how exemplary they are, they volunteer at events, donate items for auctions, go the extra mile for patients and pitch in to help each other – but never has it been more visible than this past year.

Through difficult changes and sad endings, we came together as a family and stood by each other’s side (figuratively speaking of course). During our six-week closure, employees uplifted each other with positive words as well as exchanging information about much needed resources. They shared stories about donating funds to help a homeless veteran into treatment, babysitting children of essential workers, volunteering at food drives or dropping off groceries at an elderly neighbor’s house.

One member of the Rose family went above and beyond during this time. For over eight years Chris Noble has provided community presentations at churches, businesses and for groups of every sort. As Director of Corporate and Community Relations, she had raised a lot of awareness as well as funds but COVID-19 brought her work to a standstill. Undaunted, she found another way to help.

As an accomplished artist, she created beautiful artwork of women and sold her paintings for $250, the cost of a mammogram. Next she painted crosses which sold out almost immediately. Pastor Davis of New Beginning Church ordered 20; one for each senior woman in his church. Altogether, Chris has created 150 pieces for her “Pandemic Art Project” and has raised over $10,000 for The Rose.

Even though she’s ready to be back giving presentations, she says she isn’t going to stop painting. “Because of this pandemic, so many more women will be in need of our services. Each painting I sell gives uninsured women the chance to beat cancer or find out she is cancer free. That is the sole purpose of why I do what I do,” shared Chris.

Thanks to Chris for not giving up and being an inspiration for all of us!

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Our entire staff was invited to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic with several town halls hosted by our CEO via Zoom.

Chris Noble's Pandemic Art Project

The nation may have had Dr. Fauci,
but The Rose had Dr. Moosa

Nothing about the COVID-19 pandemic has been easy, simple, or routine. Even determining the best precautions and safety steps has been a roller coaster ride of twists and turns.

As a healthcare institution, The Rose is based on science. We adhere and follow scientifically proven and evidence-based protocols. In the midst of all of the controversy or confusion, we found our best answers in someone who understood COVID-19 from the inside out.

Having contracted COVID-19 early in the pandemic, Dr. Abdul Moosa knew first-hand the seriousness of this illness. His busy General Practice Clinic in La Porte was testing and caring for hundreds of patients. He brought his personal experience and professional expertise to staff meetings, talking frankly about what happened to him and explaining the differences in testing. His candid advice alleviated many staff concerns and helped us develop policies and implement additional safety practices. Long before many other health organizations, Dr. Moosa steered us in the right direction.

We send our special thanks for his volunteerism and being part of those who did not give up on us!

Dr. Abdul Moosa
Dr. Abdul Moosa


The luncheon that wasn’t...but was.

The Everything’s Coming Up Roses 2020 luncheon just wasn’t meant to be. First, it was postponed in March and then cancelled altogether in June. All were COVID-19 related decisions. Of course, we were disappointed! We had such exciting plans to recognize two amazing women, our honorees— Frances Arnoult and Jacque Ogilvie. We were delighted that Dr. Jennifer Litton had agreed to be our speaker and most of all, we were so looking forward to visiting with old and new friends.

We send our most profound appreciation to Luncheon Chair, Nancy Craig, who, along with her incredible committee, had already worked their magic, turning what could have been a disaster into a roaring success! Their work and dedication over many months was truly a labor of love. Raising nearly $300,000 the 2020 luncheon ensured that those who turned to The Rose, the women and men most in need, would receive care. Considering that COVID-19 was disrupting healthcare services throughout the world and had sorely impacted The Rose, it was a minor miracle indeed!

On behalf of all those we have been able to serve, thank you to everyone who made the luncheon that never happened one our history’s best events!


Frances Arnoult & Jacque Ogilvie

Impact Numbers

Fiscal year 2020 (August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020)

Overall Numbers

Overall Numbers
Insured patients24,063
Uninsured Patients5,265
Cancers diagnosed334
Patients diagnosed with cancer328
Uninsured patient diagnosed with cancer153
Women diagnosed after first mammogram44
Age of oldest patient served98
Age of youngest patient served5
Male Patients103
Male Patients Diagnosed3
Age of the youngest diagnosed patient22
Total served medically29,328
Total reached through education14,375
Total served through navigation1,062

Medical Services Provided

Medical Services Provided
Mammogram Screenings22,704
Mammogram Diagnostics6,878
Excisional Biopsies29
Bone Density4,173
Office Visits8,505
Clinical Breast Exams423
BCCS Program Case Management309

Young Patient Services

Young Patient Services
Patients under the age of 401,996
Uninsured Patients526
Patients diagnosed with cancer21
Uninsured patients diagnosed with cancer13

Mobile Mammography

Mobile Mammography
Patients Served5,842
Uninsured Patients2,571
Patient residency counties49
Mobile site counties31
Unique mobile sites117
Mobile days341

Patient Navigation Services

Patient Navigation Services
Patients navigated into treatment153
Patient and survivor support1062
Patient interactions5,113

Patient Ethnicities

Patient Ethnicities
African American3,121
Diagnosed: Age

Diagnosed: Age

Ages: 10-34
Ages: 35-39
Ages: 40-49
Ages: 50-64
Ages: 65+
Diagnosed: Uninsured/Insured

Diagnosed: Uninsured/Insured

Uninsured diagnosed
Insured diagnosed
Diagnosed: Patient Ethnicities

Diagnosed: Patient Ethnicities

African American


Fiscal Year 2020, August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020

(Pre-audited financials)

Total Income


Total Net Assets



Management & General



They didn't let us give up

This year especially, the notes from our donors have meant almost as much as their gifts.

From Marian, who responded to our announcement that the temporary closure created a $3 million loss, came an amazing gift with these words:

"This pandemic is heart-breaking in so many ways, but for patients with breast cancer, time is of the essence -- it just cannot wait! It can't wait for the pandemic to be 'over,' it can't wait for a job with insurance to come along -- it just can't wait."
- Marian

Foundations were equally responsive. The Air Liquide Foundation in France was the first to check on us and funded over three months of personal protective equipment (PPE)—masks, gowns, face shields, gloves all in scarce supply and especially costly. Methodist Community Benefits was next followed closely behind by The George Foundation, then the Episcopal Health Foundation, United Way of Brazoria County, Houston Komen and so many others. Large or small, the emergency grants, the technology assistance, and all the resources were so appreciated.

They didn’t give up on The Rose so we CAN’T give up on helping those who need us most!

To all those individuals who dug deep to get us through this time and to those Foundations who knew our needs before we asked, we are so very grateful. Every gift was sorely needed, and every message treasured.

Doug reminded us:

"Please know that an angel is watching over you."
- Doug

We believe him!


Fiscal year 2020 (August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020)

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)


$200,000 - $499,999
Marion Cones
The Cullen Trust for Health Care
Episcopal Health Foundation
The Barbara and Fred Kort Foundation
Texas Health and Human Services, Breast and Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS)

$50,000 - $199,999
Allergan Foundation
M.D. Anderson Foundation
The Bill and Helen Crowder Foundation
The George Foundation
The Hamill Foundation
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
Houston Methodist
In the Pink of Health, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands
Lyons Foundation
John P. McGovern Foundation
Randalls Food Markets
The Rawley Foundation
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
United Way of Brazoria County

$25,000 - $49,999

Byron and Jane Allen
Elliott Bossin
The Clayton Fund, Inc.
Facebook Giving
Hahnflockers Beer & Taco 1K
The Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation
Ashma Khanani-Moosa and Abdul Moosa, M.D
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Play Fore The Pink Golf Tournament, Pecan Grove Women’s Golf Association
Serve Up a Cure
Theta Charity Antiques Show of Houston, Kappa Alpha Theta
Tomball Regional Health Foundation
Woodforest Charitable Foundation
Elaine and David Wynegar

$5,000 - $24,999

30 for Ana
4X For Hope
Dorothy and J.M. Ables
Accelerate Learning, STEMscopes for a Cure
Martin Adams
Air Liquide Foundation
Albemarle Foundation
Altar’d State, Baybrook
Arkema Inc. – Houston Plant
Frances and J. Tim Arnoult
BBVA Compass Bank
Benevity Fund
Collier and Richard Blades
BP – Think Pink
Brazoria County Community of Hope
The Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation
Cancer Fighters of Houston, Inc.
Chick-fil-A I-10 and Uvalde
Chick-fil-A Sienna Crossing
Cindy’s Fight
Comerica Bank
Community Foundation of Brazoria County
Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
ConocoPhillips Matching Gifts Program
The Crain Foundation
Decode Digital, Kathleen Perley
Michael Domec
Employees Community Fund of Boeing

Enesco, Jim Shore Designs, Inc.
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Fox Whole Family Foundation
Frito Lay/PepsiCo Foundation
Dorothy and Patrick Gibbons
Grateful Patients
Greater Pasadena USBC Association
Gulf Coast Medical Foundation
Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Huffington Foundation
The Jacobson Family Foundation
Bernice Joseph
Jump For The Rose
Local Independent Charities of Texas, Combined Federal Campaign
MD Anderson Cancer Center – Breast Center
The Medallion Foundation
The Medline Foundation
Lucy Mitchell
Montgomery County Community Foundation
The W.T. and Louise J. Moran Foundation
Mary Neal, M.D. and Ron Neal
Jacquelin and William B. Ogilvie
Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation
Douglas Perley
Pfizer, Inc.
Suzan Pickels and Traci Hahn

Paint the Path Pink, Mitchell Intermediate School
Pink Alliance
Pinnacle Financial Strategies Foundation, Jeanne and Joe Gillan
Pottery for Prevention, Judy Mayhaw
Isla Reckling
Ride For A Cause, Mancuso Harley-Davidson
Regina Rogers
Rudy's “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q
Saint Agnes Academy
The Judith and Henry Sauer Charitable Foundation
James and Linda Sheppard
Loretta Shumway
Anne-Laure and Steven Stephens
Striking Against Breast Cancer, Donna Conners
Tanger Outlets Houston
Texas Citizens Bank, Tom Watson
Teresa Thomas
Shirley and David Toomin Family Foundation
The Trull Foundation
Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust
Westpark Communications, L.P., Kathie Edwards
Whalley Family Foundation
Susan Young and Paul Young, M.D.
Melissa and John Zapp

$1,000 - $4,999

Helen and Joe Allen
Melinda and Rick Allen Charitable Fund at East Texas Communities Foundation
Amegy Bank of Texas
Andrews Foundation
Susan Arnoult and Jeffrey Arnoult, M.D.
Associated Credit Union of Texas
AstraZeneca Corporate Contributions Program
Augusta Pines Ladies Golf Association
Susana Bandini
Barbara Jordan Elementary
Carol and Larry Barbour
Beirne Foundation, Shannon Beirne Wiesedeppe
Robert and Roxann Bilger
Susan and Andy Billipp
Marie S. Blaine
The Louise K. Brandt Foundation
Scott Brann
Brighton Collectibles – Corporate
Brighton Collectibles - Galleria
Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation
Tracy Bryant
Cafe Rian Cajun Cafe
Capital Bank
Minnie and Edward Cappel
Chapelwood United Methodist Church
Melinda and Jay Chernosky
Chick-fil-A Beltway 8 and Wallisville Road
Chocolate Bayou Federal Credit Union
Christian Brothers Automotive
Shirley Christy
The C.I.T.Y.
Clear Lake Islamic Center
Clear Lake Specialties Primary Care
Jacqueline Colbert, Ph.D.
College of the Mainland – PTEC, Nursing and Allied Health
Collier Equine Vet Service
Kathleen and James Collins
Nancy and John Craig
Susan Crouch and Craig Crouch, M.D.
CSA Construction, Inc.
Dante – LW LLC
Elizabeth David, M.D.

Deepwater Junior High School
Alice Anne Dodge, D.V.M.
Johnette and Keith Dodson
Elaine Domec
Karen and William Donovan
Kathleen and David Dunwoody
Fred Edwards, Inc.
Theresa Einhorn
Lubna Elahi, M.D. and Muhammed T. Aziz, M.D.
Virginia Elkins
Chandos Dodson Epley
ERGOS Technology
Exterran Energy Solutions, L.P.
Farley Orthodontics
Michael Fife and Creighton Edwards, M.D.
Fluor Cares
Paul Forde
The Fort Bend Church
Otis Galloway
Garcia Middle School
Deborah Ginsburg
Maud and Burton Goldfield Family Foundation
Grace & Heart Pendants
Zoila Vidal Guichard
Gulf Interstate Engineering
Veronica Hagerty, Ph.D.
Joan and Don Haley
Denise Hall
Harris County Emergency Corps
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Pink Badge Campaign
Hayward Pool Products
Kay and David Hedges
Mary M. and M.J. Henderson
Hologic, Inc.
The Honor Roll School
House of Blues - Houston
Houston Endowment
Houston Methodist Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
Jamie Hubbard
Norma and Peter Hunter
ICON Women’s Organization
Jackson-Manley Charitable Fund
Christina Jankevicius
The John Cooper School
Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program

Donald Jones
Annie Nelson and Wayne Kansas
Kendra Scott
Linda Khettry
Natalia and Al Kissell
John G. Knecht, M.D., P.A.
Myrleen P. Knott
Veronica Lefebvre
Janet and David Lionberger
Franna and Ted Litton
Louise McBee Circle of Wreaths
Pamela Lovett
The Lubrizol Foundation
Lutheran South Academy
Lymphedma & Wound Care Consultants of America, Inc.
M&D Ace Hardware - Beamer
Allena and Ashley Madray
Amber Mark
Stephanie Martin
Florence W. McGee
Janice and Richard McNellie
Anne Meyn
Shirley Middleton
Kimball and David Moriniere Family Fund
Mike Morse
Angelo and Tricia Moscarelli
Richard Myers
Sue Anne P. Nichols
Patricia Niday
Oates Industries, Inc.
Cheryl and Andrew Oldweiler
On 2’s for Boobs, Pynk Tyme Motorcycle Club
On The Rox Sports Bar and Grill
Sheri L. Parrack
Kathleen Perley
Keri Petzold
Kathy and Harry Phillips
Regina Pillai, M.D.
RE/MAX Integrity
Elizabeth and Robert Rigney
Deborah and Rocky Robinson
Peggy R. Roe
Ann Rogers
Ron Carter Ford
DonNell and Thomas Rushing

Tina Saenz
Salyards Middle School
Wade Schmitz
Angela Schoeman
Nancy Sharp
Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Welton and Sharon Simpson, Jr.
Michael Skinner
Susan A. and Thomas Smith
Smokin Bayou Boys
Source Vital Apothecary
Southwest Airlines
David Steinhart
Delia and James Stroud
Amy Sutton and Gary Chiles
Kay and Albert Tabor
Tata’s for Grandmas
Team Aqua Pools
Team Mancuso Powersports
Technical Automation Services Co., Ltd
Robert and Nancy Tenczar
Texas Instruments Foundation
Bette Thomas
Michael Thomas
Robin Thomas
Anne and Joseph Thomson, III
Travel Rad Company
United Airlines – IAH Chief Pilot’s Office
United Way Worldwide
Wade Upton
Tasnim M. Vadva and Mohamed Vadva, M.D.
VMware Foundation
Jennifer Waters
Rossana Wharton
Mutscher Wille Family Fund
Vallette and Russell Windham
Stewart Worrell, M.D.
Donald and Theresa Yurewicz
Mustafa Zaheer

Board of Directors

Fiscal year 2020 (August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020)

Myrleen P. Knott, Chair

Pamela Lovett, Vice Chair

Teresa Thomas, Treasurer

Bob Tenczar, Secretary

Alice Anne Dodge, D.V.M.

William Donovan

Theresa Einhorn

Beth Gilliard

Ronnie Hagerty

Lavonne Burke Hopkins

Ashma Khanani-Moosa
Ronnie Pace

Liz Rigney

Debbie Robinson

Dawana Taylor

Tom Watson

Shannon Beirne Wiesedeppe

Stewart Worrell

Medical Advisory Board

Esther Guy, M.D.

Mohamed Haq, M.D.

Sandra Hesser, M.D.

Angel Rodriguez, M.D.

Kendall Roehl, M.D.

Stephanie Meyers, PhD, Med, RN

Theodore Yang, M.D

Advisory Board

Daniel Barron

Cherise Gutierrez

Marcus Malonson

Shirley Middleton

Linda Flores Olson

Helen Perry

Laura Schwinn

Marian Sparks

Robert Spong

Corkey Turner

Suzie Wilkes

Honorary Board

M. James Henderson

Mary Walsh Henderson

Florence Wells McGee

David Moriniere

Kimball Johnson Moriniere


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