"It was just me and a board of directors then," Fell said, noting that Y-Me was at 622 Potomac Ave. when she was hired. Two women, Brenda Rosenthal and Karen Kulpinski, were co-presidents when the agency began its work in 1989.
"They met in Brenda's kitchen the first two years," Fell said.
After the agency got rolling, the ad was run looking for an executive director.
In February 1992, Fell bought furniture and started setting up the office. By March 1, she was ready - and that was 15 years ago.
The office now is in Suite 101 at the E.J. Fennel Professional Center at 324 E. Antietam St.
Thousands of women have come through the agency and benefited from the programs as they battle their disease.
"No one has to go through breast cancer alone," Fell said.
The agency always is expanding to meet new needs while keeping the traditional programs strong and funded.
Fell said a special-needs program to help breast cancer patients pay their rent and utilities while they are unable to work is one of the new quests, but the agency is having trouble getting it off the ground.
The agency has four major fundraisers a year, Fell said. Coming up in May are the Purse-On to Person benefit and the BCA-CV golf tournament.
Then in the fall, Reaching for the Moon will be held at Milestone Farm in Williamsport. Step 'N Stride also is planned for the fall.
"I have met some amazing people over the years," Fell said. "They are warm, generous and giving."
Then there are the brave patients whom Fell said tug at her heartstrings as they battle the disease.
"And we do lose some," she said.
Working with her in the office is Janet Lung, community liaison, and like Fell, a breast cancer survivor.
There are gifts and pins and other items - mostly all pink - in the waiting room. Wigs and prostheses also are available, Fell said.
"The smile after a fitting is always very nice to see," she said.
Married, Fell, 55, said she enjoys knitting, reading and gardening when she isn't working.
For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley Inc., call 301-791-5843.