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About Me

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.

The Book

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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Brinker: Expand qualified healthcare centers’ vital role in breast cancer care

Palm Beach Post – September 8, 2023   In public health, few issues are as critical and complex as breast cancer. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating, yet early detection and comprehensive treatment can greatly improve outcomes and even save lives. This is where Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs) step in as a crucial player. FQHCs, often […]

Nancy Brinker Statement on the Passing of Alexine Clement Jackson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2023 Nancy Brinker released the following statement on the passing of Alexine Clement Jackson. “The passing of Alexine Clement Jackson leaves a profound sense of loss, but also a legacy that will forever inspire and guide us. Alexine was not only a friend but also a true champion in the […]

Brinker to CBS News: Revised U.S. Task Force Recommendation Will Save Lives

In a May 10 interview with CBS News, former U.S. Ambassador and global breast cancer advocate Nancy G. Brinker expressed her approval of revised guidelines from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force calling for women to receive regular mammogram screenings beginning at age 40. | May 11, 2023 MIAMI – There’s been a lot of […]

Brinker, Frederick: Disparities in cancer deaths reveal social inequities

Published in Modern Healthcare Magazine March 20, 2023 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that U.S. life expectancy dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, to 76.4 years from 77 the prior year. The change was largely driven by COVID-19 and drug overdoses, but cancer remains the second-leading cause of death. […]

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Speaking Engagements

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.

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