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Winners Selected as Beautiful Warriors by Ford Warriors in Pink and Reader's Digest for Exemplifying the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Date:10/31/2008

Three special heroes to be featured in the December issue of Reader's Digest and honored for being a Warrior in the fight against breast cancer

WOODBURY, Minn., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Ford and Reader's Digest have partnered together for the first time to create the "Beautiful Warrior" program to honor the real life Warriors who fight the disease. Reader's Digest asked its readers to submit stories at http://www.readersdigest.com/warriors, about a Beautiful Warrior in their life. A "Beautiful Warrior" is defined as a woman who successfully fought breast cancer yet keeps fighting for the cause, a co-survivor who stood steady and strong beside another during their battle or a person who lost a loved one to the disease, but continues to help raise funds and awareness.

Three special women have been chosen from nominations received from across the country to appear in the December issue of Reader's Digest as part of the "Beautiful Warrior" program, a partnership between Reader's Digest and Ford's Warriors in Pink initiative. Kathy Miller of Woodbury, Minn., Beth Addington Muench of Virginia Beach, Va., and Carol Walker of Houston, Texas were selected to be flown out to New York for a makeover and photo shoot, which will be featured in the December issue of Reader's Digest along with the women's personal stories of strength, courage and ongoing fight against breast cancer. Those stories, as well as photos from the recent shoot and the latest information on breast cancer prevention and medical breakthroughs, can be found at http://www.readersdigest.com/warriors.

"The 'Beautiful Warrior' campaign is a way to honor those affected by breast cancer," said Connie Fontaine, Brand Content and Alliances Manager. "Our partnership with Reader's Digest allows us to further extend our commitment and support to those engaged in the battle against the disease."

"We are proud to join with Ford's Warriors in Pink to celebrate the strength and determination of these 'Beautiful Warriors,'" said Elaine Alimonti, Vice President, Marketing and Sales Development/ RD Community. "All the women whose stories were shared with us through this contest are tough fighters. Their embrace of life -- and the struggle sometimes required -- is truly an inspiration to us all."

The following are excerpts from all three nomination entries:

Kathy Miler's entry (nominated by her mother, Rose DuHoux):

"I nominate my daughter, Kathy Miller, of Woodbury, Minn. She was 34 when she discovered her breast cancer, stage 4. She had a double mastectomy and lymph node removal. She had an eight month old, a 2 year old and a 4 year old Autistic son. She endured 16 months of weekly chemo and 6 weeks of Mon-Fri radiation. During this time she continued with her daily housework and her quest to better her Autistic son's chances with education and worked to help him adjust to a strange world."

Carol Walker's entry (nominated by her longtime friend, Renee Wolfe):

"This is about my dearest friend, Carol Walker. We've known each other since 1961 and have shared so many life events. After numerous tests and surgery, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October 1990. When Carol, who lives in Houston, TX, found out, she took the next flight to Atlanta, GA and spent long hours with me at the hospital. When I came home, she cooked, took me to the doctor and ran errands. She was an angel."

Beth Addington Muench's entry (nominated by her husband, Andrew Muench):

"My wife became a warrior in Aug. 2000, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which was followed by a mastectomy. In 2003, she became an "exalted warrior", when she had a recurrence, followed by chemo/radiation. The enemy of fear hung over our clan like a storm cloud. As a young warrior, she learned to slay fear, prior to the never ending check-ups...fear still overwhelmed me, awaiting her results. As a warrior, she pushes her body to run and bike daily through wind, rain and mud. She placed 1st in numerous Komen races and yet she always humbly acknowledges at the award ceremonies, that the real victors are ALL WARRIOR SURVIVORS !!!"

For 14 years, Ford has sponsored the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and has dedicated more than $95 million to the cause. Ford's current Warriors in Pink campaign features apparel and accessories, which include symbols of hope, strength and unity in the fight against breast cancer. These items are available exclusively at Fordcares.com, and 100 percent of the net proceeds are donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 260,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit http://www.fordvehicles.com.

Reader's Digest is the country's largest paid-circulation magazine, with nearly 40 million readers each month in the United States and twice as many worldwide. Reader's Digest celebrates what is best in our world, our communities and ourselves. Through shared stories and shared experiences, we provide ways for people of all ages to feel uplifted and connected to each other. The magazine is published in 50 editions and 21 languages, and reaches readers in more than 60 countries. Reader's Digest is part of RD Community, a division of The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., a global multi-brand media and marketing company that educates, entertains and connects audiences around the world. Its global headquarters are in Pleasantville, NY. The magazine's website is http://www.readersdigest.com.

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 1-800 I'M AWARE.


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