L-R: Walker School dean Dr. Benjamin Akande, Webster University president Dr. Beth Stroble, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Webster University’s Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Julian Z. Schuster.

October 11, 2012 – ST. LOUIS, MO – Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, received the 2012 Person of the Year Award from Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology today during a morning ceremony before students, cancer patients, survivors and loved ones in the university’s new East Academic Building.  Brinker, a cancer survivor herself, received a standing ovation upon accepting the award from Webster President Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble.

“I’m honored by this award from Webster University,” said Ambassador Brinker, “and I’m deeply touched by today’s outpouring of support for our mission to find a cure for breast cancer.”

“Each year, the Walker School honors a dynamic leader who has impacted our society in the most positive ways,” said Dr. Stroble. “This year, it is my honor to present an extraordinary woman whose legacy has assisted thousands of people right here in St. Louis.”

Ambassador Brinker met with audience members after her address.

Brinker’s nephew Scott Komen, the son of Susan G. Komen, was in the audience as the ambassador spoke of her promise to her dying sister Susan to do everything possible to end the shame, pain, fear and hopelessness caused by the disease.   At that time, Brinker says, one of the biggest battles in promoting awareness was to change the country’s culture which at the time did not allow activists to use the word “breast” when talking about the disease.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is now the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivor and activists, having invested almost $2 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

“Cancer is like a bully on a playground that keeps coming back to take from us our family members, our friends, and our loved ones,” said Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, “ Ambassador Brinker’s leadership journey in fighting this foe has taken her onto high hills and into low valleys.  And despite the highs and the lows, Ambassador Nancy Brinker continues to move forward with her mission to make cancer the victim.”

Read Dean Akande’s  introduction of Ambassador Brinker and op/ed  The Power of One published in The St. Louis Business Journal.

Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Ambassador Brinker with Dr. Elizabeth Stroble before her address.

Dr. Akande looks on as Ambassador Brinker answers a question.

Ambassador Brinker with the members of St. Louis’ Komen for the Cure.

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