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Forbes Honors Susan G. Komen for the Cure Founder as Trailblazer

Nancy G. Brinker, Leader of the Global Breast Cancer Movement, Receives

Prestigious Award

DALLAS, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, and recently appointed Chief of Protocol by President George W. Bush, is this year's recipient of The Forbes Trailblazer Award.


Each year, Forbes presents the Trailblazer Award to extraordinary women whose efforts have created opportunities for others. "Being selected among such distinguished past recipients of this award is a reminder of how much work remains to be done in the global fight against breast cancer as we continue to strive to do more for women and society," said Ambassador Brinker.

Forbes will present Ambassador Brinker with the award Sept. 19 during the 9th Annual Forbes Executive Women's Forum at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C. During this invitation-only event, more than 150 corporate leaders will meet with fellow female executives from a broad array of industries to discuss, debate and strategize ways to effect change within their organizations.

Leadership through experience

In addition to her role as the founder of Komen for the Cure, Ambassador Brinker, a breast cancer survivor and sister to Susan G. Komen, served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary and has served on the National Cancer Panel under Presidents Reagan and Bush. She has been an advocate in congressional hearings, the U.S. Democratic Policy Committee's Congressional Breast Cancer Forum and the National Dialogue on Cancer, now known as C-Change.

Increasing awareness around the globe

Working through Komen, Ambassador Brinker has fostered understanding of women's health issues, particularly breast cancer, to transcend barriers and improve the lives of women everywhere. From delivering life-saving messages to people in more than 200 countries, to providing funds to programs in 50 countries, to creating a dialogue in places where it is still not possible to say the words "breast cancer" out loud, Komen for the Cure has demonstrated how local activism drives global social change.

In recent years, Ambassador Brinker has served on the boards of FasterCures and the LHC Group. Prior to assuming her position as Ambassador to Hungary, she served on the boards of Manpower, Inc. and U.S. Oncology. In addition, Ambassador Brinker served on the national advisory boards of the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, Women's Health Resource Center, Women's Health Initiative, the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and the National Cancer Institute. She is a former board member of such not-for-profit organizations as New York University's Medical School Foundation and National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project. Ambassador Brinker has testified before the United States Democratic Policy Committee's Congressional Breast Cancer Forum and participated in the International Women's Forum.

Recipient of numerous national and international awards

Ambassador Brinker is the recipient of numerous national awards including the 2007 Trumpet Award, the 2007 Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal, the inaugural American Association for Cancer Research Centennial Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2007, the 2007 Castle Connolly National Health Leadership Award, the 2007 IARC Medal of Honour, the American Society of Breast Disease 2006 Global Pathfinder Award, the 2005 Mary Woodard Lasker Public Service Award in Support of Medical Research, the 2005 Advocacy Award presented by Research!America, the 2004 Service to America Leadership Award presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation, The Champions of Excellence Award presented by the Centers for Disease Control, the ASCO Special Recognition Award, Ladies' Home Journal's 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century, Biography Magazine's The 25 Most Powerful Women in America, among many others. In addition, she was inducted into the Cancer Research and Treatment Fund, Inc. Cancer Survivors Hall of Fame and the Modern Healthcare 2007 Health Care Hall of Fame.

Previous Trailblazer Award recipients

Among those who have been honored with the Trailblazer Award in the past are: Nancy Lublin, Dress for Success Worldwide Executive Director; Kim Phuc Phan, Chairman, The Kim Foundation and UNESCO Ambassador for the Culture of Peace; Linda Fuller, Co-Founder of Habitat for Humanity; and Gloria Steinem, Founder, Ms. magazine.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-800 I'M AWARE.

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