Nearly every week someone calls the Albie Aware office in tears because they thought they were out of options – they call scared, without resources and without support. Their tears then turn to tears of relief when they are told- “ It’s ok, we can help you. That is why we are here. We will pay for your test, we will meet with you and answer your questions, we will go with you to your surgery appointment, your chemo treatment or wig shopping. “ We tell them- “You’ve found the right place to help you.”
Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation began over 10 years ago, when in 2004 Doug Carson created the local 501 (c) 3 non profit in memory of his late wife Alberta (Albie) Carson, who lost her battle with breast cancer on July 4, 2002. She left behind two wonderful sons, a devoted husband and loving Sacramento community.
Albie was a 50-year resident of Sacramento where she attended school, raised a family, and made a career in the real estate community. She developed strong ties to the area and was well known and loved by her peers and clients alike. It is only fitting that her legacy continues to be one of selfless giving.
Tragically, Albie lost her battle to breast cancer because she was not made AWARE of all the available technology to detect a recurrence of her breast cancer.
After being treated for breast cancer in 2001, she followed up with her doctor every 6 months for a standard blood test and exam. This provided a false sense of security. Just three weeks after receiving a clean bill of health, Albie saw a doctor for seemingly unrelated symptoms. She then received the news that her cancer had spread to her brain and that she was terminal. Albie died 6 weeks after being told she was in remission.
The cancer had returned and spread to her bones and brain, something the standard tests did not detect. However, A PET (Positive Emission Tomography) scan could have detected the cancer and given Albie’s medical team important information to treat the returning cancer and provide Albie a chance to fight and experience more time with her family.
“Albie Aware” sounds like “I’ll be aware” and that’s our purpose: To make people aware of cancer PREVENTION methods, to encourage self-examination and annual mammograms beginning at age 40 (earlier if you have a strong family history) for EARLY DETECTION, to be aware of the diagnostic tests available to determine the best TREATMENT for breast cancer and the early detection of a recurrence, and to provide financial assistance as well as advocacy when these tests are not covered by the insurance provider.
In honor of Albie, it is our goal to raise money to help others in the community who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Please see our full range of programs here.
A Message from Doug
“I founded Albie Aware to prevent other men and children from suffering the loss of their wife and mother from breast cancer. Saving lives in Albie’s memory is my passion and I will not let up until everyone we can help gets the assistance they need.”
Founder & Board Member