Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer by Nancy G. Brinker (founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure)

RC 280 .B8 B7287 2010

“Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Then Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at 36, she died.

In 1977, breast cancer was still shrouded in stigma and shame. Nobody talked about early detection and mammograms. Nobody could even say the words “breast” and “cancer” together in polite company, let alone on television news broadcasts. With Nancy at her side, Suzy endured the many indignities of cancer treatment, from the grim, soul-killing waiting rooms to the mistakes of well-meaning but misinformed doctors. That’s when Suzy began to ask Nancy to promise. To promise to end the silence. To promise to raise money for scientific research. To promise to one day cure breast cancer for good.

In that moment, Susan G. Komen for the Cure was born. Armed with only a shoe box filled with the names of potential donors, Nancy put her formidable fund-raising talents to work and quickly discovered a groundswell of grassroots support. Nancy’s mission to change the way the world talked about and treated breast cancer took on added urgency when she was diagnosed with the disease in 1984. Nancy was luckier than Suzy: she survived and went on to make SGK into the most influential health charity in the world and the pink ribbon into a universal icon of hope. Each year, millions of people worldwide take part in SGK Race for the Cure events, and, to date, the foundation has contributed more than $1.5 billion for cutting-edge research and community programs. And thanks to a sister’s love, a breast cancer diagnosis today is no longer a death sentence.”–publisher description.

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