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Nancy Brinker to receive 2009 Porter Prize
Date:3/9/2009

ther's Day every year to raise community awareness and funding for breast cancer education and scientific research, and to honor breast cancer survivors and those who have died of the disease.

At the time the organization was founded, the words "breast cancer" were rarely uttered in public. Few treatment options existed and funding for breast cancer research was scarce. Within a few years, Ms. Brinker succeeded in overcoming the silence surrounding the disease, changing the way it is talked about and treated. Today, the Komen organization is recognized as the nation's leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer, with more than 100,000 volunteers working in a network of 125 U.S. and international affiliates.

In addition to her work with the Komen organization, Ms. Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary during the Bush administration where she advanced a broad range of U.S. security and economic interests. She also served as the administration's Chief of Protocol of the United States.


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Contact: Clare Collins
CollCX@upmc.edu
412-647-3555
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
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