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Who was Susan G. Komen?
In 1978 at age 33, Susan developed breast cancer. Believing her doctors could "cure" her, by the time she made it to the Mayo Clinic, another lump was found and her cancer had metastasized. She started radiation therapy at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, when she was already a Stage IV patient. For fifteen months, doctors were able to slow the spread.
But then the disease started again. Her sister Nan said, "One particular Sunday afternoon on the way back to the airport, Suzy spoke to me again about doing something to help the sick women in the hospital. This practically tore my heart out because here she was, hardly able to manage a whisper, and she was worrying about other people. I couldn't bear it.
I never saw my sister alive again. After nine operations, three courses of chemotherapy and radiation, she had lost her three-year war. By the time I flew back to her side it was too late. She was gone."
Her sister Nancy G. Brinker took up the cause and started the Susan G. Komen for the Cure nonprofit fund. She proved that one person can really make a difference.