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Week: 593.1 

Guest: Susan Braun, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 

Topic: Komen Foundation development  

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: A big player in the fight against breast cancer...coming up... 

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NEMA: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation began 15 years ago, by Nancy Brinker, who vowed that women would fare better than her young sister, who had just died of breast cancer...this is foundation CEO Susan Braun..  

BRAUN: Susie didn’t have good access to support systems, to the best of medical care...and breast cancer wasn’t even very broadly talked about in the public at that time. And so Nancy started the Komen Foundation to bring the message of breast cancer, it’s devastation, and the need for research and education for screening...for more services and more research to be brought to bear on breast cancer.  

NEMA: Now, the organization’s Race for the Cure program has spread around the country...  

BRAUN : Presently there are about 20 thousand volunteers throughout the country...we have 36 chapters in 77 Race for the Cure events...where people are volunteering their time and their energies to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.  

NEMA: The Komen Foundation hopes to raise 50 million dollars in each of the next two years to fund research and special programs. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.