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Promise Me

March 22, 2010

We are proud to announce that our founder and CEO, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, will release her powerful and inspiring memoir, Promise Me, this upcoming September.

Growing up, Nancy and her sister Suzy were inseparable, with the elegant, socially poised Suzy serving as younger sister Nancy’s best friend and role model. Then in 1977, at the age of thirty-four, Suzy was stricken with breast cancer. Three years later, having endured an uninformed doctor, surgeries that left her feeling mutilated and stripped of her sexuality, and fighting through several grueling courses of chemotherapy and radiation, Susan G. Komen lay dying. Toward the end, she begged her sister to do something, anything, to make sure that other women with breast cancer would not have to suffer as she had from the ravages of this deadly disease.

"Promise me, Nanny," she said. "Promise me you won’t let it go on like this."

Her heart broken, Nancy promised: "I swear, Suzy. Even if it takes the rest of my life."

At that moment, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was born.

Promise Me is the story of how that vow launched Nancy on a thirty-year-long mission to change the way the world thought of, spoke of, and treated breast cancer. Brinker’s unparalleled success at turning $200 and a list of would-be donors into a movement that has saved the lives of millions of women was recognized by President Obama in August 2009, when he awarded Brinker the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “In the months after making that promise,” the President noted, "Nancy lay awake at night wondering if one person can really make a difference. Nancy's life is the answer."

From now through September 13, 2010, when you pre-order a copy of Promise Me by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker from any U.S. based online retailer, we will send a free limited edition, signed copy to your sister (or anyone you nominate to receive this gift). By sharing Promise Me with your own sister or loved one, you can join us in the global movement to end breast cancer forever.  See website for Official Rules.

Promise Me will be released nationwide on September 14.

To read an excerpt of Promise Me, click here.

To share with others on facebook, be sure to RSVP using our facebook event and invite your sister(s) and your friend(s). Click here.

Watch the video below with our founder and CEO, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, talking about her inspiring new memoir, Promise Me. Then pass along the link ( ) to your friends and family.