"Warm, Witty and From the Heart... Exuberant and Contagious!"
Awards and Recognitions2011 - Bank of America Local Hero
2009 - Bright Starts National Pink Power Mom
Becky speaking at Breast Friends Luncheon in Portland, 2012
Other Special Updates
- PSA - Co-worker How to help a co-worker diagnosed with cancer. February 2013.
- PSA - Employee How to best help an employee during cancer treatment. February 2013.
- PSA - Helping How to help a friend diagnosed with cancer. February 2013.
- PSA - Trauma Mision and scope of Breast Friends. February 2013.
- Radio Interview Becky talks about the first Annual Breast Friends Golf Tournament. July 2009.
Becky speaks to the Susan G. Komen Survivor Luncheon, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR September 18, 2004. Over 1000 guests attended this years event. Becky, with her speech, "Sister Lister," received a standing ovation. View video
Becky's humorous and inspirational book, The Hat That Saved My Life, is now available in its second printing. The new printing includes reader testimonials and a new epilogue summarizing Becky's continued journey through her second battle with breast cancer. Take a minute or two to read a chapter for free.
"Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to endorse Becky's abilities and recommends her as a speaker for any event to share her story and hope for breast cancer survivors and their co-survivors."
Christine M. McDonald
Oregon and SW Washington
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Becky believes that getting breast cancer was a blessing. But it took getting it twice to finally change her life.
Her life changed AGAIN the third time!!!.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Becky took her situation and turned it into something positive. In 2000, she co-founded a non-profit called Breast Friends dedicated to helping women in their fight against breast cancer. Becky also wrote the book, "The Hat That Saved My Life," a humorous and inspirational look at surviving breast cancer (Now in its second printing)
Becky worked in Corporate America for most of her life. In 1996, at age 43 and at the peak of her career, Becky was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. As often happens, her priorities began to change, but like many of us, she was afraid to leave the security of her job. She co-created Breast Friends and worked at it part-time while she hung in with her job.
She was diagnosed again in 2004. Finally, a year later, Becky left that high paying, but high stress job in yellow page advertising sales to pursue her career as a professional speaker. She now travels all over the country sharing her story about how she overcame the odds and stepped out to do what so many of us dream of doing "someday."
Becky knows that things don't happen "someday." They happen Tuesday or they happen Saturday. But if we wait for someday, it will never happen. Her humorous yet encouraging message gets people motivated to step out of the boat, take a chance and do something they've always dreamed of doing.
After her first diagnosis in 1996, Becky developed her "list of things to do before she died." Her second diagnosis in 2004 gave her list more urgency. In March of 2009, Becky was diagnosed yet again. Though her third battle with breast cancer, labelled as "Consistent with Metastatic Disease," was devastating at the time, Becky continued to speak. She took time off from radiation to visit Ft. Wayne, Indiana to speak at a Susan G. Komen for the Cure luncheon.
After her third diagnosis, her list got "deeper." She now focuses on her legacy and encourages her audiences to do the same. Becky believes that we have from this moment to...whenever... to continue to make a difference in people's lives. No one knows how long we have on this earth, but whatever time we have left, we need to do our best to do what God has placed us here to do. For Becky, that means bringing hope to audiences.
Becky continues to encourage her audiences to look for the blessings in adversity, find happiness and share it with others. She also reminds us not to wait for "someday" to do what you love, and most importantly, she says, "DON'T FORGET TO LAUGH" - and they do.
Becky's story has been written up in Woman's World Magazine, numerous newspaper and magazine articles and Becky has appeared on Christian global television and radio. She has contributed to several books on breast cancer. She has received numerous awards including the 2009 National Pink Power Mom Award from Bright Starts, and the 2011 Bank of American Local Hero Award.
Becky lives in Portland, OR with her husband of 31 years, Bill. They have five grown children and four grandchildren.
Becky is available to speak to all types of audiences, but her specialty is breast cancer events through hospital affiliations and other large venues. If you are planning an event and would like to see Becky in action, you can click on the link at the top of this page. If you would like to receive a press kit please contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Murdock from radio station K103FM in Portland, OR called Becky Olson "The Breast Cancer Comic" after she presented her humorous and lively topic, "Humor, Happiness and Hope" to a packed house at the Susan G. Komen survivor luncheon."Becky Olson brings her own unique sense of style, strength and humor to her speaking engagements. Her personal breast cancer journey and her upbeat and contagious optimism is inspiring to everyone in her audience. The Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to endorse her abilities and recommends her as a speaker for any event to share her story and hope for breast cancer survivors and their co-survivors."
Christine M. McDonald
Oregon and SW Washington
Susan G. Komen for the Cure"Becky spoke at our recent Pink Ribbon Celebration, our annual luncheon for breast cancer survivors and their friends and family. Becky “wowed” the over 700 in attendance with her sense of humor, energy and warmth. The room was filled with laughter and tears. Everyone left the luncheon feeling entertained and most of all inspired by Becky’s story of hope and determination."
Executive Director - Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Indianapolis, IN"Thanks so much for all that you do...While your book is great, hearing you speak in person is priceless…………."
Jay Andersen, M.D.
Northwest Cancer Specialists
Portland, OR"Becky Olson spoke at our Breast Cancer Survivors Brunch in Omaha, Nebraska in September of 2005. She was vivacious, fun, interesting, and heartwarming. She won't disappoint you. She is a professional who knows how to speak to large groups. We had over 800 in attendance. The audience truly enjoyed her. Becky sent a videotape to us to help in making our decision, and I must say, it does not do her justice. Your audience will love her."
Mary Lynn Schwietz
Special Friends Celebration
Omaha, NE"I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, and please don't ever stop doing what you're doing. You have a gift, and you touch more lives than you know!"
Breast Cancer Symposium
Lafayette, LA"A joy, an inspiration and a witty, articulate speaker, Becky just makes any listener's heart grow warmer and head grow smarter."
Lodi Memorial Hospital-Pink October Event
Community Development Director
Lodi, CA"On a scale of 1 to 5, Becky was a 5+++!!"
Heather K. Hill D.D.S.
Susan G. Komen - Survivor Luncheon
"It was beautiful, warm, witty and from the heart. I really enjoyed you! Your attitude is exuberant and contagious!"
Pink Ribbon Survivor Luncheon