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Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Hosts Annual Affiliate Leadership Conference in Dallas
Date:2/7/2008

Leader of Breast Cancer Movement Gathers Record Attendance for Annual

Conference

DALLAS, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, will host its annual Affiliate Leadership Conference Feb. 7-9 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The three-day event brings together more than 1,000 Komen for the Cure advocates, a record-breaking attendance, including more than 200 breast cancer survivors and representatives from the more than 170 corporations that partner with Komen.

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Under the rallying cry of "We Will," breast cancer advocates will gather to share inspiration, knowledge and strategic plans as they strengthen their commitment to do whatever it takes to realize Komen's vision of a world without breast cancer. Last year, which was Komen's 25th anniversary, the organization reached a milestone of $1 billion invested in breast cancer research and community outreach programs since its inception. Komen has publicly pledged to invest another $2 billion in the next decade.

Explaining the meaning behind the theme of the conference, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said, "Who will make sure every person has access to breast cancer education, screening and treatment regardless of income, ethnicity or race? Who will keep promising research moving forward? Who will help the newly diagnosed find support and information? Who will organize the more than 120 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure(R) events and other initiatives that raise vital funds? Who will move us closer to a world without breast cancer? We -- the millions of Susan G. Komen for the Cure advocates around the world -- will."

Representatives from Komen's 122 U.S. and three international Affiliates will hear from Ambassador Brinker, the woman who started the global breast cancer movement, and Komen president and CEO, Hala Moddelmog. Attendees will also hear from Komen's chief operating officer, Kimberly Simpson, on the direction of the organization and its Affiliate Network, and Komen chief scientific advisor, Dr. Eric. P. Winer, also a Dana Farber clinician and Harvard professor, on Komen's research strategy. In addition to Komen leadership, conference-goers will receive tips from fundraising guru Dr. Doug Lawson of Lawson Associates, Inc., and motivation from nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg, a special correspondent for NPR.

One new element at Komen's conference this year is the Public Policy Forum, occurring during the pre-conference activities on Thursday. In this all-day forum, Affiliate and national Advisory Council representatives will learn about the expanding role of Komen's advocacy work under the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, the organization's new 501(c)(4) entity. Throughout the past year, Komen advocates across the country have worked tirelessly to increase government investment in vital programs that will close the gaps in research and access to breast health services that prevent people from getting the care they need.

Throughout the weekend, Komen for the Cure will present a number of awards, each bestowed annually, to recognize the extraordinary efforts of Komen advocates who selflessly commit their lives to serving those affected by breast cancer. Honors include the Komen Outstanding Volunteer Awards, Komen Community Service Awards, Jill Ireland Awards for Volunteerism, the Komen Local Television Media Award, the Komen Co-Survivor Award, the 13th annual Komen Affiliate of the Year Award, as well as numerous awards recognizing the critical role of corporate partner programs in furthering Komen's promise.

In addition, Ambassador Brinker will present two recipients with the prestigious Founder's Award: Mrs. Laura Bush and Norman Brinker. Both were chosen for their lifetime of work in advancing Komen's promise to end breast cancer. Mrs. Bush has served as a longtime volunteer for the organization locally and nationally and was most recently the Honorary Chair of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Global Advocate Summit. Additionally, Mrs. Bush visited the Middle East last fall to raise awareness of breast cancer in the region. Komen's president and CEO Hala Moddelmog accompanied Mrs. Bush. Norman Brinker was instrumental in the creation of Komen and serves as a lifetime member of the organization's national board of directors.

To learn more about conference sessions or to arrange on-site interviews with Komen representatives or breast cancer survivors, please contact Amber Cradduck at 817-875-6834.

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 http://www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.


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