The Ladies State Chili Championship of Texas is a non-profit organization. We choose a charity to send our profits to at the end of the year. This year’s charity is The Breast Cancer Charities of America.Here is more about this great charity and where your money goes when you join us for the cook offs!

thank you card from breast cancer charities of america



Who they Are

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 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 food, clothing, shelter, transportation, mammograms and more to women who are uninsured or in need.

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Board of Directors
Diana Holman-Gregor; Vice President
Linda Kamp Anderson; Secretary/Treasurer
Theo Cox; Board Member

LSCC Mission


What Breast Cancer Charities of America does

BCCA leads the quest to provide research funding into non-traditional cancer prevention and treatment options. We have a specific emphasis on understanding the link between nutrition and breast cancer. Research to demonstrate required changes in the American diet ranks as our top priority.

One of the primary goals of BCCA is to teach “integrated cancer care.” We provide accurate, up-to-date information on mobilizing the “whole person” in cancer prevention and recovery. We are pioneers in educating the public about breast cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survival and quality of life.

BCCA promotes public health policies for the prevention of breast cancer and the support of people touched by breast cancer.

BCCA provides direct help now. Working through cancer treatment centers nationally, the “Help Now Fund” provides counseling and emergency financial services to assist women and their families. We help with the unexpected expenses of cancer such as transportation treatments, past-due utility bills, rent eviction notices, and the like. Our commitment is adequate food, clothing and shelter for every woman going through breast cancer.

BCCA partners with cancer treatment centers in Honduras, Guatemala and the Philippines bringing medicine and medical equipment to cancer patients in need.

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.