We started Side-Out to challenge the foundations of cancer care.

A Message from our Founder

After my mother Gloria was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, we started the Side-Out Foundation in 2006 to challenge today’s cancer care. We believed if we could extend the lives of those living with the most advanced stage of breast cancer, we could really make a difference for everyone living with breast cancer. We decided to focus on more than just awareness and fundraising; we decided to go ten steps further. My father Bryant hired scientists and formed research teams so we could own, manage, and operate science that actively searches for answers and treatment options for those living with metastatic breast cancer. We don’t just fund research, we do research. Gloria wanted us to impact breast cancer in the most hands-on way possible. She wanted us to stay focused on action. Thanks to Side-Out Foundation supporters and researchers, we’re staying true to that mission.

Sincerely,

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Rick Dunetz

The Story Behind the Name

In volleyball, “side-out” means regaining control of the ball.

The Side-Out Foundation helps people with breast cancer regain control of their lives – and we started our fundraising efforts through the sport of volleyball. Our Executive Director and Founder, Rick Dunetz, was a high school volleyball coach when his mother, Gloria, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Together he and his father, Bryant, decided to tell her story, and the story of all those with metastatic breast cancer, through dedicated volleyball matches across the U.S., where communities would rally and fundraise to support breast cancer research. This is how Dig Pink was born – and it is still a central program of The Side-Out Foundation.

How We Operate

Our approach is different from many other nonprofits because we choose to own fund and manage our own clinical research. Here’s how it works.

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Build Experiences

We build experiences, both in-person and virtually, that connect individuals, businesses, teams, and others to honor those in their lives affected by all types of breast cancer.

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Educate Communities

Through those experiences, we educate communities on the impact of metastatic breast cancer and why Side-Out’s research is so critical.

Develop Ambassadors

In those communities, we identify student Ambassadors to help amplify the Side-Out mission and engage the next generation.

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Raise Funds

We empower communities and Ambassadors to raise funds that go directly to our award-winning breast cancer research facilities, scientists, and oncologists across the U.S.

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Run Clinical Trials

Through a precision medicine approach, we develop and offer breast cancer clinical trials and solutions that help MBC patients live longer and more comfortably.

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Share Our Findings

We share our research so that treatments and findings can be applied around the world. We also make sure our community knows the progress they’ve helped us make.

Ready to help?

Meet Our Team

  • Side-Out Team
  • Medical Team
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Rick Dunetz

Founder/Executive Director

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Eleanor Kent

Director of Operations

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Josh Bryant

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Janice Kruger

Senior program manager (Dig Pink)

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Tim Anderson

Senior program manager (Dig Pink)

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Gabrielle Huff

Program Manager (Ambassador Program)

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bryant dunetz

RESEARCH ARCHITECT

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Claudine Isaacs

Side-Out medical director

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Chip Petricoin

Side-Out medical advisor

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Mariaelena Pierobon

Side-Out medical advisor

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Claudine Isaacs

Side-Out medical director

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bryant dunetz

RESEARCH ARCHITECT

Follow Our Progress

On social media to engage with advocates, patients, researchers and scientists who are working to improve the quality of life and treatment options for all those with metastatic breast cancer.

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Founder/Executive Director

Rick Dunetz

Rick’s passion for volleyball and his dual role as a coach and caregiver, led him to create the Side-Out Foundation in honor of his mother, Gloria, who lived with stage IV breast cancer for 6 years before passing in 2010.  Side-Out is now a leader in metastatic breast cancer research with the support of thousands of athletes, coaches, parents, and donors.  Rick’s passion for volleyball has never waned and he still coaches at the school where it all started.

Tel: 571-409-1876

Eleanor Kent

Director of operations

Eleanor Kent

Eleanor joined Side-Out after receiving her degree in sport and recreation management in 2016 from James Madison University. She is a former athlete and coach – passionate about all things volleyball. She enjoys cooking dinner for friends and visiting the beach any chance she gets. Her late mother’s resilience while battling cancer keeps Eleanor focused on a future where no one has to fear a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Tel: 571-409-1880

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MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Josh Bryant

Josh has been with Side-Out since graduating from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and a master’s degree in Recreation Administration. Josh is passionate about sports (especially the Washington Football Team), food, and enjoying life with his wife, Olivia, and friends. Living with cystic fibrosis, Josh’s love for the foundation comes from seeing firsthand what scientific research can do when working to give more time to those with a disease.

Tel: 571-409-1879

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Senior program manager, Dig Pink

Janice Kruger

Janice coached college volleyball for thirty years – earning 10 conference titles, 6 Conference and AVCA Region Coach of the Year titles, and two NCAA Division II AVCA National Coach of the Year titles. In her spare time, you can find her out on her road bike, boating, playing pickleball, and cooking. Upon retiring from coaching, she was excited to combine her love of the sports community with Side-Out’s mission to advocate for patients living with breast cancer. 

Tel: 571-409-1912

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Senior program manager, Dig Pink

Tim Anderson

During his 10 years at Side-Out, Tim has worked with the Foundation’s partner relationships as well as sports teams in the Midwest, Southwest, and Western regions of the country. His background includes fundraising for 3 non-profits as well as working in college athletics. In his spare time, you are most likely to find Tim officiating or watching a volleyball match. He resides in Nebraska and is committed to the cause in memory of his friends Coach Jean and Cathy. 

Tel: 571-409-1915

Gabby Huff

Program Manager, Ambassador Program

Gabrielle Huff

After graduating in 2020 with degrees from Mercyhurst University and The Fashion Institute of Technology, Gabby came to Side-Out to work with the many teams and individuals advocating for stage IV breast cancer. Outside of work, you can find Gabby in a park with a good book or exploring her new home in Virginia. After losing two grandparents to cancer, and witnessing the strength of family and friends, she was inspired to help fight this awful disease. 

Tel: 571-409-1908

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SIDE-OUT research architect

Bryant Dunetz

Bryant started with Side-Out in 2008 as the Chief Operating Officer and partner with his son Rick.  In 2009 Bryant, had a organization changing conversation  with a man by the name of Dr. Daniel Von Hoff and together they created a first in kind clinical trial with a focus on precision medicine for people living with metastatic breast cancer.  Since then Bryant has led an interdisciplinary team of amazing scientists from across the cancer world to complete three clinical trials all of which have proven that precision medicine works.  Today Bryant enjoys working with his horses at his farm in Bluemont, VA.

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Side-out medical director

Claudine Isaacs

Dr. Claudine Isaacs is a Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Associate Director of Clinical Research and Leader of the Clinical Breast Cancer Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) at Georgetown University. She is also the Medical Director of the Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Hereditary Cancer and Clinical Genomics Research. She has extensive experience in the conduct of clinical trials focusing on all aspects of breast cancer and currently serves as Co-Chair Endocrine Resistance Working Group of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium and as Co-Chair of the Clinical Trials Operations Working Group for the I-SPY 2.

Chip Petricoin

Side-out Medical advisor

Emanuel Petricoin

Dr. Emanuel F Petricoin has been the Co-Director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) at George Mason University since 2005, where he is a University Professor. Prior to this position, he served as Co-Director of the FDA-NCI Clinical Proteomics Program and a Senior Investigator within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA from 1993-2005. Dr. Petricoin received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Maryland in 1990. 

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Mariaelena Pierobon

The primary focus of my research is the delivery and implementation of precision medicine for cancer patients. My personal mantra is “Discover and heal.” I am thrilled by the challenge of uncovering new therapeutic opportunities for cancer patients and devising ways of translating them to large-scale healing opportunities. My research model is based on a combination of translational studies and clinical trials with a focus on metastatic disease and on the tumor microenvironment.