I grew up in Peoria, Illinois in a loving family of passionate caregivers and innovative strivers. My father, Marvin Goodman, a businessman with a big heart, embodied the solid values he instilled in me and my big sister, Susan. Our mother, Ellie Goodman, a Girl Scout leader and community activist, lit up rooms with her vibrant smile and lived her faith with daily acts of loving kindness. Mom was a fundraising marvel, part of the army of everyday people who supported scientists in their search for a polio vaccine in the 1950s. Trooping along with her, Suzy and I witnessed the powerful chemistry of caring and action, and it shaped our lives.
For sisters and survivors, for anyone who’s ever been lost and found, for every book club that thrives on lively discussion and every reader in search of a riveting emotional journey. For anyone who’s ever wondered, “Who was the real Susan G. Komen?” This is my story and the story of my sister, Suzy.
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The 2018 Perfect Pink Party
Our success in spreading awareness and raising resources to fight breast cancer This past weekend, advocates, researchers, donors and survivors celebrated the eighth annual Perfect Pink Party in Palm Beach. From the bridge lighting ceremony at the Lake Pavilion in West Palm Beach in support of Komen South Florida Race for the Cure to the […]
Brinker: Fund to help displaced Puerto Ricans, others with breast care
January 8, 2018 Palm Beach Daily News Palm Beacher and Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker is helping spearhead a new fundraising initiative aimed at connecting cancer care providers with two vulnerable populations in South Florida — people in financial need and those who have moved to Florida from Puerto Rico and other areas following recent hurricanes. […]
Targeting solutions to local health care needs — a tale of two communities
By Nancy G. Brinker and Eric T. Rosenthal December 23, 2017 The Hill Health care may be global, but reaching realistic health care equity often requires creative, tailored local solutions. It’s pretty clear that not everyone has equal access to the latest medical advances and often to even basic health care. There are many reasons […]
America needs more ambassadors and we need them now
By Nancy G. Brinker September 24, 2017 FOX News America stands in the midst of great challenges at home and threats from abroad. If we fail in our duty to sustain and foster stronger ties between nations, then we run the risk of fracturing centuries-old alliances that have served to keep our people safe and […]
In addition to a landmark birthday, my friend & @SusanGKomen's president & CEO Paula Schneider is also about to celebrate her 10 yr. mark as a #breastcancer survivor. Pls join me in recognizing these milestones with a donation in her name: https://t.co/VkcZ870jtZ https://t.co/GoP5xZhNaF
All too often it’s the loss of a loved one or tragedy like #Parkland that serves as a mournful reminder that life is precious. We pray for victims & families, but more importantly in this moment of tragedy, our thoughts & prayers must spur action & leadership.
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker has given speeches around the world – from the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to business leaders in Moscow, Russia and at annual meetings of our nation’s largest companies. Her inspiring story of leading the global breast cancer movement from a promise made to her sister resonates with so many looking to transform businesses and organizations. In front of countless audiences big and small, she has shared her fascinating experiences and stories as our nation’s top diplomat in Hungary in the weeks and months immediately following 9/11 and as the United States Chief of Protocol under President Bush where she had the intimate opportunity to walk the halls of the West Wing and White House Residence as she managed protocol and social matters for visiting heads of state and government.click here to inquire about public speaking engagements >>