A registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Rita Ambrose - Founder & Executive Director


Rita Ambrose retired from the Air Force in 2009 and received a clean bill of health from the military and the VA. Little did she know that a small mass that was found when she was still active duty was the beginning of breast cancer! Two years later Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer and life changed. Rita’s desire to create a non-profit organization grew out of the appreciation and gratitude for all the practical, emotional, spiritual, and social support she received from her military family and local friends.  Rita relied heavily on this support to carry her through a difficult time of adjusting to the diagnosis, deciding on treatment options, a mastectomy, plastic surgery, and the recovery period. “Rita’s Rack Racers” started as an informal group of men and women that supported Rita, the breast cancer survivor in her first Race for the Cure in 2011.

After recovery, Rita reached a point in her life where she felt it was time to give back to her military and local community in Schertz-Cibolo and surrounding areas. Rita goal is to ensure everyone diagnosed with a life-threatening disease such as cancer can receive the same support she received. From personal experience she knows that the support, understanding cancer, deciding on the best treatment option can be a matter of life and death.  No one should fight cancer alone!

Circle of Cancer Care is a non-profit-organization created to support local community woman diagnosed with any type of cancer.  Allow Circle of Cancer Care to walk this journey with you and assist you through a challenging time in your life.

Our Story

Our mission is to focus on survivorship while promoting a healthy life style and emotional well-being that will empower women to effectively navigate their journey to recovery.

The American Cancer Society reported (2013) that 41% of women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in their life time.  The Center of Disease Control reports among women the most common cancers are breast cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.  The National Cancer Institutes reports that among active duty military women breast cancer is greater compared to other segments of our society.

Over the last decade, the cities of Cibolo and Schertz have experienced one of the greatest population growth (600 – 700 % growth). Cibolo has grown from a population of 5000 to 25,000 in just a little over 5 years!

The cities around Randolph AFB have grown to an estimated 177,173 citizens (including Universal City, Converse, Schertz, Cibolo, Selma, Live Oak, and New Braunfels).  Based on reported statistics an estimated 17,717 females will be diagnosed in their lifetime in our local communities.

Despite the rapid population growth no specialized cancer related services addressing the needs of the military and local women in our community were able.  Circle of Cancer Care (CoCC) seeks to fill that gap.

CoCC is engaged with military, local community, faith and civic leaders to serve a rapidly growing community and address their needs.  Join us!