How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer
Publication Date: September 2010
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Nancy G. Brinker shares how her sister's struggle with-and death from-breast cancer led her to promise to raise money for scientific research in the hopes of one day curing the disease.
Nancy G. Brinker is the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She has served as ambassador to Hungary and as the chief of protocol for the United States, and she is currently the Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations World Health Organization. She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Joni Rodgers is the New York Times bestselling author of Bald in the Land of Big Hair, a memoir of her cancer treatment and recovery. The book helped launch Joni's public speaking career and brought her to the attention of celebrities and others who began asking her to help them tell their stories. Between novels and ghostwriting projects, Joni volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and does peer counseling with other cancer survivors. Joni lives in Houston, Texas. Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor who has appeared on stage, in film, and on television, and is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio. She also taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Coleen has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, including for Third World America by Arianna Huffington and The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum. She has also earned three Audie Award nominations, winning for Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga. Publishers Weekly has named Coleen Audiobook Reader of the Year for 2010.
Before her sister died of breast cancer, Nancy Brinker promised to stop the suffering of those living with and dying from the disease. Her sister was Susan G. Komen â�� a name now known throughout the world. Michele Norris talks to Brinker about founding Susan G. Komen for the Cure and her book Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer, now out in paperback. More at NPR.org
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"[A] deeply thoughtful, assertive, sensitive memoir of the sisters' growing up and devotion to each other in life and death." ---Publishers Weekly