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Nancy Brinker

Brinker imageNancy Brinker

Civic Leadership

Inducted 1988

Nancy Brinker, of Dallas, is an outstanding leader in civic and community activities. She has been honored by the Parkland Hospital Board of managers for the establishment of the Parkland Breast Screening Center. She serves on the Associates Committee of the Dallas Museum of Arts and on the Advisory Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Board. Nancy is the recipient of the Ultra Humanitarian Award and the Women Helping Women Award of the Dallas Women's Center. She was a member of the Crystal Charity Committee, which has raised over $1 million to benefit children. Nancy is also on the Board of Directors of M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, Texas and is a member of the Baylor University Medical Center Foundation. Most recently, Nancy is a presidential appointee to the National Cancer Advisory Board. There are only 18 members on this board, and Nancy Brinker is one of only six non-medical members to receive this prestigious honor.

Nancy is the founder, Chairman of the Board, and driving force of the Dallas-based Susan G. Koman Foundation for the Advancement of Breast Cancer Research. The Foundation was created in 1982 after Nancy's sister, Susan, died from Breast Cancer. In a few years, the Koman Foundation has grown into a thriving organization of 700 women who work toward the common goal of raising funds for the advancement of breast cancer research.

One of the Foundation's major objectives is to educate women about breast cancer so that higher recovery rates may be achieved through early detection.

Two Special events are held each year to raise funds to support the Foundation's breast cancer projects:

(1) An annual awards luncheon at which the Betty Ford Award is given by Mrs. Gerald R. Ford to persons who have been significantly supportive in the fight to conquer cancer. The 1988 recipient honoree is Mrs. Ronald Reagan;

(2) An All-Women's 5K run in which over 2,000 women participate.

Since 1982, the Foundation has given over $1.5 million to M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, UT Southwestern Medical School, the Peralta Institute, the Corporate Angel Network, the Dallas Public Library, Baylor University Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Parkland Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and the Betty Ford Center, UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, and John Hopkins.

The Susan G. Koman Foundation was instrumental in getting legislation signed into Texas law, mandating insurance companies to provide coverage for screening mammograms for women over 35. This landmark legislation was the first of its kind in the country.

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