The Power of One: Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to Address Opening Session Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will bring her message of “the power of one”—the ability of every individual to make a difference in his or her community, company, country, and the world—to the opening session of the 2010 ASHA Convention. Named one of ... ASHA Convention Coverage
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The Power of One: Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to Address Opening Session
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The Power of One: Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to Address Opening Session
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 24. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC5.15092010.24
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 24. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC5.15092010.24

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Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will bring her message of “the power of one”—the ability of every individual to make a difference in his or her community, company, country, and the world—to the opening session of the 2010 ASHA Convention.
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2008, she served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and as U.S. chief of protocol from 2007 to 2009.
Ambassador Brinker is regarded as the leader of the global breast cancer movement. Her journey began with a promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything possible to end the shame, pain, fear, and hopelessness caused by this disease. In a single generation, the organization that bears Komen’s name has changed the world.
Shortly after Komen’s death at age 36, Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in 1982. Brinker faced an immediate uphill battle: newspapers balked at printing the words “breast cancer,” no one talked openly about the disease, there were no 800-numbers, no Internet, and few, if any, support groups. Few treatment options existed for breast cancer patients and limited resources were committed to the disease. In a matter of years, Brinker broke the silence around breast cancer, and Komen for the Cure is now the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, led by 100,000 survivors and activists in more than 120 cities and communities.
Brinker’s creativity led to programs that at the time were revolutionary: In 1983, she founded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, which is now the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. Since Brinker founded the event in 1983 in Dallas, the Race for the Cure Series has grown from one local race with 800 participants to a national series of 112 races with more than a million participants.
She also pioneered cause-related marketing, allowing millions to participate in the fight against breast cancer through businesses that share Komen’s commitment to end the disease. The foundation’s unwavering advocacy for breast cancer survivors led to new legislation and greater government research funding. To date, virtually every major advance in breast cancer research has been touched by hundreds of millions of dollars in Komen for the Cure funding.
Brinker’s determination includes enlisting every segment of society to participate in the battle. In 2009, President Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for her work. The same year, she was named Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations’ World Health Organization, where she continues her mission to put cancer control at the top of the world health agenda.
She has received awards from many organizations, including the Lasker Foundation, Trumpet Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and Forbes. She was named to Ladies Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century and Biography Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful Women in America.
Join with ASHA colleagues for Ambassador Brinker’s keynote address, which will take place at the opening session on Thurs., Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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