I grew up in Peoria, Illinois in a loving family of passionate caregivers and innovative strivers. My father, Marvin Goodman, a businessman with a big heart, embodied the solid values he instilled in me and my big sister, Susan. Our mother, Ellie Goodman, a Girl Scout leader and community activist, lit up rooms with her vibrant smile and lived her faith with daily acts of loving kindness. Mom was a fundraising marvel, part of the army of everyday people who supported scientists in their search for a polio vaccine in the 1950s. Trooping along with her, Suzy and I witnessed the powerful chemistry of caring and action, and it shaped our lives.
For sisters and survivors, for anyone who’s ever been lost and found, for every book club that thrives on lively discussion and every reader in search of a riveting emotional journey. For anyone who’s ever wondered, “Who was the real Susan G. Komen?” This is my story and the story of my sister, Suzy.
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Open Dialogue. Open Minds. Open Hearts.
June 2, 2020 I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts and reflections on the happenings in our country right now. Both to acknowledge what I know many are feeling, and to open a dialogue here for any and all who may be interested in sharing their own personal stories and feelings. The […]
Promise Fund Announces $400,000 in Grants to Aid Women in Accessing Healthcare for Breast & Cervical Cancer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Promise Fund of Florida announces grants totaling $400,000 to six local healthcare organizations in order to provide access to healthcare for women in Palm Beach County who do not have health insurance or have limited financial resources. The grants include funding for patient navigators who provide culturally-sensitive, life-saving services in English, Creole […]
Statement from Nancy G. Brinker on Susan G. Komen® Structure & Operations
April 24, 2020 Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen® and The Promise Fund of Florida®, released the following statement in coordination with Susan G. Komen’s announcement of their forthcoming transformation in structure and operations. “Susan G. Komen was born on my sister’s last wish, at a time when those with a breast […]
Interview: Helping Those Afflicted with COVID-19
THROOMERS MAGAZINE INTERVIEW April 2020 Founding the Susan G. Komen organization and mobilizing a worldwide movement for breast cancer awareness has become an enduring legacy for former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Brinker. Now, as co-founder of the Promise Fund of Florida, she is setting an example for others to give so that those affected by the […]
Jean Kennedy Smith was widely admired and indispensable in the pursuit of peace in Northern Ireland. She was wisely honored with the Medal of Freedom, but her greatest impact came from the fact that she lived the virtue of giving on behalf of our nation.
Despite advances in basic rights in the U.S., anti-LGBTQ rhetoric remains prevalent abroad, especially among eastern European nations. Stigmatizing and subjugating the #LGBTQ community isn’t democratic. It’s just wrong. Freedom means freedom for everyone. https://t.co/WUlx8Rm3eb
Today’s landmark ruling by a bipartisan & ideologically diverse block of #SCOTUS Justices fortifies what so many have spent a lifetime advocating for and working to achieve: that discrimination of LGBTQ individuals on the basis of sex is not only wrong, but also illegal.
Very pleased to welcome Michael and Debra to the @ThePromiseFund family. Much work to be done and their contributions will be invaluable. https://t.co/zcyrfKKDJQ
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker has given speeches around the world – from the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to business leaders in Moscow, Russia and at annual meetings of our nation’s largest companies. Her inspiring story of leading the global breast cancer movement from a promise made to her sister resonates with so many looking to transform businesses and organizations. In front of countless audiences big and small, she has shared her fascinating experiences and stories as our nation’s top diplomat in Hungary in the weeks and months immediately following 9/11 and as the United States Chief of Protocol under President Bush where she had the intimate opportunity to walk the halls of the West Wing and White House Residence as she managed protocol and social matters for visiting heads of state and government.click here to inquire about public speaking engagements >>