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On a work trip to Africa, it became very clear to BRAVE's founder, Ms. Christine Grogan, that there was a very big need for the programs that BRAVE now provides. This was evident when Ms. Grogan learned that female Africans that suffered from breast cancer physical aesthetic consequences even more severely then one could realize. These women would be ostracized from their tribes even. This trip's revelations among numerous other gaps in breast cancer restoration options was all Christine needed to take action which is exactly what she did. Christine and Dr. Gabriel immediately teamed up to start taking action to close the gap that kept breast cancer survivors from living a whole life post breast cancer on their terms!
As the founder of BRAVE Coalition Foundation, Christine puts to work over 22 years of healthcare experience. She has held positions in professional and consumer marketing, and sales management at Acelity, Allergan, Pfizer, Parke Davis, and Eli Lilly. Christine manages brands relating to specialty pharma, plastic surgery (breast reconstruction and liposuction) and various medical device areas. Christine has been dedicated to healthcare advocacy for decades. She is a past board member of Flying Doctors/AMREF, former board member of Pink Ribbon Story Foundation, former co-president of Beta Foster Care Orange County, board member of RJW Foundation and a volunteer for African Child Foundation.
BRAVE Coalition Foundation was officially launched in 2013. Since the early days, BRAVE has generated elevated awareness, changed perceptions, and set a new standard of care for treating women diagnosed with breast cancer - treat the entire woman-her body, mind and spirit. BRAVE has successfully pioneered building a real and effective coalition. As the FIRST nonprofit of its kind, BRAVE continues to assemble life changing resources while connecting professionals and communities that support every BRAVE Breast Cancer Survivor on her journey to live a BRAVE day, today and EVERYDAY.
BRAVE's board and founder have managed to blaze a trail in a landscape saturated with breast cancer support foundations too numerous to count by creating the FIRST nonprofit of it's kind that identifies and fills legitimate gaps in a way that no other organization has done. BRAVE's original team recognized a gap and disparity in healthcare for women in underserved demographic groups. Always placing a strong focus on underserved demographics both domestically and abroad, notable and unique programs BRAVE has pioneered include working with plastic surgeons and nonprofits to provide hundreds of tissue expanders to women in underserved regions like Armenia, Mexico, and Africa.
The original vision remains-first, BRAVE educates women to ensure they understand their medical options for breast restoration and second, BRAVE fills every legitimate financial and emotional gap prioritizing those very underserved demographic groups that just don’t have the means even if they knew all of their options.
BRAVE remains relevant and distinct from other breast cancer organizations in our focus on improved quality of life, confidence and self-esteem for breast cancer survivors. Make no mistake, BRAVE applauds the medical and philanthropic efforts dedicated to advancing treatment options and finding a cure. While very necessary cancer research continues, BRAVE will continue to work in parallel to ensure breast cancer survivors understand their rights, options and have access to those options while addressing state level gaps that supersede the federal Act of 1998 and medical insurance reimbursement issues.
Dr. Gabriel, Ms. Grogan and the entire BRAVE Coalition have and will continue to contribute their time, talent and treasure with the same tenacity and vigor as they have since BRAVE was merely recognized one day a year.