by Rachel Shunamon
edited by Robbie Sequeira
Well over 150 students were packed into Spagnoulo Hall on Thursday, Nov. 12 to hear Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, describe her involvement in spreading awareness on breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation is a global breast cancer movement, and Brinker started the group after her younger sister passed away from the disease.
“People were much more distant after she was diagnosed,” Brinker said. “During that time many people thought this disease was contagious.”
After she finished, about four students from the audience were able to ask questions.
“She seemed very enthused by the crowd and excited to share her experiences,” said freshman Ronald Cooper.
According to Brinker, the number of diagnoses was one in 11 in women and decreased to one in eight after the foundation was started. Her foundation started with $200 in a shoe box and has now escalated to $90 million in research.
“I thought she was one of the best speakers we’ve had. She gave insightful information about how important and necessary it is to spread awareness about breast cancer,” said sophomore Taylor Bacigalupo.
Brinker is determined to end the misconceptions about breast cancer and is “committed to finding a cure,” she said.
Brinker was also the Former Ambassador to Hungary.