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Nancy Brinker
Inducted in 2007

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Nancy Brinker
1946-
Inducted in 2007


Nancy Brinker’s sister, Susan G. Komen, died of breast cancer in 1980. She was 36. Two years later, Brinker would create in her sister’s memory what would become the world’s largest not-for-profit organizations dedicated to breast cancer research in the world.

With only $200, a broken typewriter and a list of names, Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation in 1982, which was later renamed Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Brinker also created the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

In the organization’s first 25 years, it invested more than $1 billion in breast cancer research. And between 1982 and 2007, the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with breast cancer rose to 98% from 74%. Government funding for research jumped to $900 million from a mere $30 million.

 

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