A Lifetime of Komen

 

(From L to R) Sue Parks, Nancy Enomoto, Eric Brinker and Chris Tannous

When your mother is the founder of an international non-profit organization like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, you become a volunteer at an early age, and for life. Eric Brinker is the son of Ambassador Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of Komen for the Cure, and nephew of Susan G. Komen. He visited the Komen Orange County Affiliate and shared how Komen has been woven into his life.

A member of the Komen National Board of Directors, Brinker praised the Orange County Affiliate for its “best practices” and explained that work done on the local level to break cultural barriers in the fight against breast cancer is just as important as steps on the global level.  He spoke about the lessons learned at a Race for the Cure in Egypt last year and about the planning for the first Race for the Cure to be held in Israel this fall. (You can be a virtual participant in the Israel Race, and even get a t-shirt, if you register soon at http://www.info-komen.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HQ_Israel_VIP)

Greeted by a crowded room of Komen staff, volunteers and sponsors, Brinker shared that:

  • He was young when Susan Komen died of breast cancer, but he has summer memories of his beautiful aunt.
  • He chaired the Race for the Cure this year at the Peoria Memorial Affiliate
  • The California Collaborative is a leader in public policy at a time when many Affiliates must deal with state governments in fiscal crisis and the resulting impact on uninsured women who need screening and treatment
  • “This organization doesn’t work without volunteers.”

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