The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker To Receive Research!America Health Research Advocate Award

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, VA—February 22, 2005The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker, founder of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, will receive the 2005 Research!America Award for Exceptional Contributions as a Volunteer Advocate for Medical or other Health Related Research.

Brinker will be honored on March 15 at the ninth annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 15 at the Willard InterContinental, Washington, DC. PARADE magazine is the host benefactor of the event and Sam Donaldson of ABC News will serve as master of ceremonies.

A staunch advocate for women's health and patient rights, Brinker has significantly elevated awareness of breast cancer and breast cancer research in her personal and professional endeavors. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer. The Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, includes more than 100 Races in the U.S. and three international Races. This year, more than one million people are expected to participate in the Komen Foundation's signature awareness and fundraising event.

Brinker has frequently demonstrated her leadership and expertise at congressional hearings, where she has testified on topics including medical advancements and biomedical research. Currently, Brinker serves on the board of FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, a new action tank founded to save lives by saving time in the discovery and development of new medical treatments. Her national service also has included serving on the national advisory boards of the U.S. Oncology Board, Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, Women's Health Research Center, Women's Health Initiative, the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and the National Cancer Institute.

Other 2005 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are Angiogenesis Research Pioneer and Advocate Judah Folkman, MD; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; The Honorable Paul G. Rogers, former chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment and Research!America chair; and Marlo Thomas, actor and national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"The winners of this year's awards are advocacy standouts. Their hard work and dedication represent the apex of advocacy for research," said Mary Woolley, Research!America president. "Because of the actions of these leaders, as well as the many others who follow their examples, the promise of better health through advances in research will be achieved sooner, rather than later, to the benefit of every American."

Honorary Chairs of the dinner include William G. Anlyan, MD; The Honorable and Mrs. William McC. Blair, Jr.; Barry R. Bloom, PhD; Roger Bulger, MD; Joseph Califano, Jr.; The Honorable Frank C. Carlucci; Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS; David R. Challoner, MD; Carolyn Clancy, MD; The Honorable John Cornyn; Nils Daulaire, MD, MPH; Michael E. DeBakey, MD; Peter Dolan; Sam Donaldson; Robert Essner; Anthony S. Fauci, MD; Harvey Fineberg, PhD, MD; James W. Fordyce; James Foster; Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH; The Honorable Newt Gingrich; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; Robert A. Ingram; Karen Katen; Paul W. Kincade, PhD; Stephanie Lederman; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD; Alan I. Leshner, PhD; Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD; Margaret E. Mahoney; Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (Hon), FAAN; The Honorable Dan Mica; The Honorable Bob Michel; Mary Tyler Moore; John P. Moses; Steven R. Patierno, PhD; William A. Peck, MD; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; The Honorable Robert Ray; Gov. and Mrs. Mitt Romney; William L. Roper, MD, MPH; David Satcher, MD, PhD; John R. Seffrin, PhD; Martin Soeters; Allen M. Spiegel, MD; C. Charles Stokes, Jr.; The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD; Sidney Taurel; The Honorable Billy Tauzin; Samuel O. Thier, MD; Andrew von Eshenbach, MD; M. Cass Wheeler; John Whitehead; Peter Whitehead; Susan Whitehead; and Elias A. Zerhouni, MD.

Research!America is a not-for-profit, membership-supported public education and advocacy alliance founded in 1989. Its nearly 500 member institutions, organizations and corporations represent the voices of more than 100 million Americans who want medical and health research-including research to prevent disease, disability and injury and to promote health-to be a much higher national priority.

Research!America's public opinion surveys and advocacy-based programs and publications are designed to reach the public and decision makers with messages that support a strong and vibrant research enterprise.

 

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