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President George W. Bush Appoints Susan G. Komen for the Cure Founder as Chief of Protocol

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

Public Role

DALLAS, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The appointment of Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, as Chief of Protocol was signed today by President George W. Bush at the White House. Ambassador Brinker is expected to be sworn in today and officially begin work Monday. A ceremonial swearing in is expected to be held in early October.


Ambassador Brinker was confirmed as the U.S. Chief of Protocol by the Senate on Sept. 12, 2007. The Senate confirmation followed her hearing, Sept. 5, with the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations where committee members praised the breast cancer survivor who is known globally for igniting the breast cancer movement. Regarding the appointment, Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) said Ambassador Brinker is "extraordinarily well-prepared for this position."

In her new role, Ambassador Brinker is responsible for overseeing the visits of chiefs of state, heads of government and other international dignitaries who travel to the United States to meet with the President, Vice President, First Lady or Secretary of State. She would also accompany delegations representing the President at official ceremonies abroad. In addition, the Chief of Protocol oversees events held at the President's guest house, Blair House, built in 1824.

"I was raised to give back to the world, which is why I have dedicated my life to my sister's memory through Susan G. Komen for the Cure and raising awareness about women's health issues globally," said Ambassador Brinker. "I am incredibly honored to be appointed as the Chief of Protocol and view this public role as the ultimate opportunity to serve, showcasing the United States on the world stage."

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.

"The role of Chief of Protocol is exceptionally fitting for Nancy G. Brinker, the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which started the global breast cancer movement, and is a leader in global health diplomacy," said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "She represents the great American story of strength and courage - one woman who has changed the lives of millions around the world. Because of her life work, Ambassador Brinker has an extraordinary ability to relate to people at all levels, which is ideal for this service role."

Increasing awareness on a global level

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.

Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists and the largest private source of funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. As it has for the past 25 years, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its millions of supporters will remain steadfast in fulfilling Ambassador Brinker's original promise to her sister -- a promise that has become the promise of millions. To that end, Komen will continue its aggressive pledge to invest an additional $1 billion in breast cancer research and community outreach programs in the next decade to match the $1 billion it has contributed since the organization's inception.

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 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.

Ambassador Brinker will continue her involvement with Komen in her private capacity during her term of service as time allows.

SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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