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Who is Susan G. Komen?
We hear the name associated with breast cancer all the time. Susan G. Komen The Race For A Cure and The Susan G. Komen foundation are extremely familiar…but who IS she? Have you ever considered the name behind the foundation? Do we ever hear about who this woman is (was?) or why she stands out amongst millions who have suffered from breast cancer?
For this month’s Woman Who Inspires we have chosen to learn about who Susan is and how her foundation has become the face of breast cancer research and early detection.
What I found was that Susan G. Komen was no different than any one of us. Born Susan Goodman, she was a head turner and model before she settled down with college love, Stan Komen. She was a beautiful young mother. She had a beautiful life. She was close with her younger sister Nancy and she was dear to her family and friends.
At the age of 33 Susan found a lump in her breast.
At the age of 36 breast cancer killed Susan.
The three years that mark her incredible struggle and some valuable lessons, as told by her sister, will bring you to tears.
Susan is MY sister. MY friend. MY mother. Susan is all of us. And her sister Nancy is the person you want on your team. Nancy promised her dying sister that she would fight to speed up research on breast cancer, that she would fight to reduce fear and pain in the women diagnosed, and that she would fight to end breast cancer forever.
And fight she has. Nancy Brinker is the mastermind behind a breast cancer movement that began in 1982 in the name of her sister and that has impacted women around the world.
Nancy created the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 27 years ago with thousands of people participating around the world each year. She has worked to raise and invest more than $1.5 billion in an effort to fight breast cancer.
Not only has she been an amazing testimony to her sister’s life, but after being diagnosed with breast cancer herself, and undergoing a mastectomy as well as several rounds of chemotherapy, Nancy Brinker has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.
She has shown women first hand that beating this disease is possible and that early detection is key. The strength, fight, and courage that Nancy and Susan have portrayed in their lives are inspirational to us all.
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