By Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker
This weekend, some 40,000 men, women and children will take their places at the starting line near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to run or walk the 3.1 miles of the 22nd running of the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure®. And make no mistake; this is no ordinary jog in the park.
While this particular race takes place in Washington, it is emblematic of the courage and passion that will be displayed at the more than 140 Susan G. Komen races that will be held around the world this year, and a potent symbol of what is possible when people come together to take action because they are no longer willing to stand by and watch loved ones die of this terrible disease.
I founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of my sister Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer in 1980. Lovely and vibrant, Suzy wasn’t just my sister — she was my best friend and role model. She was only 36, with two young children and everything to live for when she received the worst news of her life. For three years she fought courageously, but ultimately lost her battle. Since then, I have made it my life’s work to fulfill the promise I made to Suzy to find a cure for this disease.