Marcia Levy and Susan Lubin: Saving Women’s Lives

October 3 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Having Faith and Forgetting About Failure

When you run out the door to go to work, you may forget your coffee or your wallet or even your keys. But there’s one thing that likely never leaves your side, and it’s called anxiety. Anxiety is that thing that’s always on your shoulder, poking at you until you give it attention. Then it pokes a little more. One of the things it says is, “Why even bother? You’re just going to fail.”

Today, dust off your shoulder. Have some faith in yourself, forget about the possibility of failure and put your best foot forward because you never know; you might just succeed.


According to, one in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This type of cancer starts in the breast ducts or glands, then spreads into the breast tissue, and can then spread to other parts of the body. This year, 246,660 new diagnoses are expected.

The uplifting news about breast cancer is that since 1989, death rates have decreased. This is attributed to ever-increasing technology, early detection, thorough screenings and a whole lot of awareness.

WOMEN TO WATCH: Marcia Levy and Susan Lubin, Founders of Seton Breast Care Center

Many of us have been affected by cancer, whether it’s struck a friend, family member, co-worker or even ourselves. While a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, having limited health resources can make things even more challenging.

Marcia Levy and Susan Lubin wanted to do something about those challenges, so they founded the Seton Breast Care Center, which provides state-of-the-art treatment and support for women in Central Texas and is a component of the Seton health-care system. The center’s services include screenings and a personalized approach to breast cancer.

With contemporary chandeliers and sunlit spaces, the center offers a soothing atmosphere, and even includes relaxing, spa-like lounges and waiting rooms, as well as private dressing rooms complete with comfy robes. What is particularly thoughtful about the Seton Breast Care Center is its boutique. Breast-cancer patients and survivors can find soft headscarves, post-mastectomy clothing and lymphedema sleeves. Visitors can also send free get-well cards right to their loved one’s room.

Marcia and Susan are longtime friends who are active in philanthropic causes. Marcia has a master’s degree in social work and a postgraduate degree in clinical psychology. Susan is a renowned soprano singer and taught school in Oklahoma City before moving to Texas. Both women married doctors.

As a doctor’s wife, Susan says she received tremendous care when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she wanted to make sure other women had the same level of service. Marcia was by her side the whole time, including during Susan’s recovery from a mastectomy, further solidifying their strong bond.

The experience, while trying, led to an epiphany for both women. They pitched their idea for a cutting-edge breast-cancer center to Seton, which took nine excruciatingly long months to give the women an answer. Marcia and Susan even helped raise more than $8 million to open the center.

Thanks to their efforts, thousands of women are now able to receive state-of-the-art, personalized care, an offering that is changing women’s lives every single day. All it took was one friendship, two voices and a whole lot of heart.


Sometimes, the most difficult situations in life lead to the best outcomes. Role model and wise first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said:

“A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

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