Komen Founder to Speak at Webster during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

| September 19, 2012

Nancy Brinker

Webster University students, staff, faculty, alumni are invited to remember those affected by breast cancer during an Oct. 10 address by Nancy Brinker, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Brinker knew the devastation breast cancer could do long before Americans started discussing the disease and working on a cure. It was the death of Brinker’s sister, Susan, that sparked the formation of what is now one of the most powerful women’s health organizations in the world. “Promise me you’ll make it change,” Susan urged her sister just before her death, and Brinker did.

This year the Komen Foundation and Brinker have faced intense scrutiny. First, there were charges that politics was winning out over women’s health with the withdrawal, then reinstatement, of grants to Planned Parenthood. Next came several high level leadership changes, including that of the founder herself. Afterward, Brinker called for a refocus on their mission.

“We have made mistakes in how we have handled recent decisions and take full accountability for what has resulted,” Brinker stated. “But we cannot take our eye off the ball when it comes to our mission. To do this effectively, we must learn from what we’ve done right, what we’ve done wrong and achieve our goal for the millions of women who rely on us. The stakes are simply too high and providing hope for a cure must drive our efforts.”

Oct. 10 Address: ‘The Power of One’

Join us at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 for Ambassador Brinker’s address, “The Power of One,” as she is named the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology’s 2012 Person of the Year.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 – 10 a.m. address
Edward Jones Commons* – East Academic Building  (*new venue)
Webster University, Webster Groves, Mo.
Free parking directly across from venue
Reservations are encouraged for this free event.

The Walker School is taking the opportunity of Brinker’s visit during Breast Cancer Awareness month to honor all those Webster University students, staff, faculty and alumni who are survivors, who have lost someone to breast cancer, who are personally fighting the fight or who love someone battling the disease. Share your name or the name of your loved one with us and make a difference.

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