Komen Founder To Be Honored At White House

Thursday, August 6th 2009, 12:34 pm
By: News On 6

By LeAnne Taylor, The News On 6

The founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,  Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom - our nation's highest civilian honor - in a ceremony at the White House on August 12.  She joins a prestigious group of medal honorees that includes Desmond Tutu, Senator Edward Kennedy and physicist Stephen Hawking.

This honor, coupled with Nancy's appointment as Ambassador for Cancer Control in the World Health Organization, is an extraordinary recognition of Komen for the Cure's impact here in Tulsa and around the world.  In just one generation, Nancy's leadership and vision has enabled Komen to invest more than $1.3 billion into research, education and community health programs across the United States and beyond our borders.

These investments have brought new treatments, better outcomes and better support for millions of women and men in the United States facing a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Around the world, almost a decade of  Komen's work with governments and health leaders is bearing fruit in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa - low- and middle-income areas of the world where the need is very great and resources for women are very scarce.