Today, Founder and sister to Susan G. Komen, Nancy Brinker, was awarded the nation’s highest award a civilian can be awarded, the coveted Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Nancy along with 15 other Medal of Freedom recipients stood before a large crown in the Oval Office in Washington D.C. Below is the official news I clipped from the Associated Press (AP) news wire.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama presented the nation’s highest civilian honor to 16 actors, athletes, activists, scientists and humanitarians.
Among those receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony Wednesday are film star Sidney Poitier, civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery and tennis legend Billie Jean King.
Others being honored are retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is getting the medal, too, but the Massachusetts Democrat is not at the White House due to his fight against brain cancer.
Posthumous awards are going to former Republican Rep. Jack Kemp of New York and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
Drawing strength from tragedy, Nancy Goodman Brinker has transformed the nation’s approach to breast cancer. When her sister was diagnosed in 1977, most breast cancer victims knew relatively little about the disease and suffered from popular stigmas. Nancy G. Brinker promised to challenge these norms. She founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of her sister, and today, the organization supports research and community awareness programs across the United States and around the world. Nancy G. Brinker’s unique passion and determination have been a blessing to all those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
Nancy Goodman Brinker
Nancy Goodman Brinker is the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s leading breast cancer grass roots organization. Brinker established the organization in memory of her sister, who passed away from breast cancer in 1980. Through innovative events like Race for the Cure, the organization has given and invested over $1.3 billion for research, health services and education services since its founding in 1982 and developed a worldwide grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists who are working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find cures. Brinker has received several awards for her work, and has also served in government as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary (2001 – 2003), Chief of Protocol of the U.S. (2007 – 2009), and Chair of the President’s Cancer Panel (1990). In May, Nancy Goodman Brinker was named the first-ever World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control.
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