August 21, 2009

An Extraordinary Honor for an Extraordinary Woman: Nancy G. Brinker

I received this exciting news from Susan G. Komen for the Cure:

"On July 30, an extraordinary honor was given to our Founding Chair, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker. She was selected to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor our country bestows, for her work in launching Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and building the organization into the leader of the global breast cancer movement."

If you aren't familiar with Susan G. Komen or her sister, Nancy, here's a bit of background: A number of years ago, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although her physical body was lost to the disease, her energy has lived on. Susan's battle against the illness, her efforts to make life better for other women and her strong spirit, inspired her sister, Nancy, to continue the fight to "end breast cancer forever." The result of Nancy's commitment to her sister and to women around the globe is the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure. According to their website, the organization is

...The global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Thank you, Nancy, for your tireless effort to improve the lives of many, many women whom you will never even meet.

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