Nancy G. Brinker Congratulates 2023 Brinker Award Winners Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade & Dr. Daniel F. Hayes

December 9, 2023

Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen and The Promise Fund of Florida, shared the following statement on 2023 Brinker Award recipients Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade and Dr. Daniel F. Hayes.

“I am thrilled to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the exceptional recipients of this year’s Brinker Award, Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade and Dr. Daniel F. Hayes. Their unwavering dedication and groundbreaking contributions to the field of breast cancer research and advocacy have truly set them apart as exemplary leaders in our shared mission to end breast cancer forever.

Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing breast cancer research, particularly in the areas of genetics and genomics. Her pioneering work has not only deepened our understanding of the disease but has also paved the way for more personalized and effective treatment strategies. Professor Olopade’s commitment to bridging the gap between research and clinical practice has had a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals affected by breast cancer.

Dr. Daniel F. Hayes, through his exceptional work in translational research, has significantly influenced the landscape of breast cancer treatment. His efforts to integrate cutting-edge scientific discoveries into clinical practice have played a crucial role in improving patient outcomes. Dr. Hayes’s tireless advocacy for access to quality care and his dedication to advancing breast cancer care globally make him a true champion in our fight against this devastating disease.

“The Brinker Award is a testament to the legacy of my sister, Suzy, and the enduring commitment of individuals who strive to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. I am immensely proud of Professor Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade and Dr. Daniel F. Hayes for their extraordinary achievements, and I am confident that their work will continue to inspire progress in our quest to achieve a world without breast cancer.”