How a Sister’s Love Launched the GlobalMovement to End Breast CancerBy Nancy G. Brinker
READING GROUP GUIDE
Susan G. Komen has become ahousehold name. The foundation createdin her memory has turned the pink ribboninto a symbol of hope everywhere. Eachyear, millions of people worldwide takepart in SGK Race for the Cure events,and thanks to the more than $1.5 billioncontributed by SGK for cutting-edgeresearch and community programs, a breast cancer diagnosis today is no longera death sentence.But most Americans know verylittle about Suzy Goodman Komen’slife, or the remarkable promise that ledher sister, Nancy, to transform the wayordinary people can make a difference inthe world.
at last brings thisstory to light. From the Goodman girls’childhood in postwar Peoria, Illinois,to the devastating diagnosis that tookSuzy’s life at age thirty-six, the openingchapters deliver a portrait of a family thatthrived on hope and generosity as the best antidotes to despair. Recounting theimpact of losing her sister, Nancy Brinkercaptures the turning points that madeher a pioneering force in cause-relatedmarketing at a time when the media shiedaway from publishing the words “breastcancer.” She also describes a career thatwove her personal and professional worldstogether in powerful ways, culminatingin her marriage to restaurant magnateNorman Brinker, whose dynamic approachto entrepreneurship became Nancy’smodel for running her foundation.Until fairly recently, breast cancerwas shrouded in stigma. In that climateof shame, Suzy faced her grim prognosis by asking Nancy to promise many things:To end the silence; to raise money forscientific research; to one day cure breastcancer for good. Now at the helm of arguably the most highly regardedhealth-related charity in the world, Nancyinvites us to journey with her in keepingthat promise.Whether you read
withyour book club, with your best friend, orwith your sister, this is a book that is sureto inspire compelling conversations. Wehope that the following topics will enhanceyour experience of this moving memoir.
Topics and Questions for Discussion
1. How would you describe therelationship between Nancy and Suzy?Did the relationship between the sistersresonate for you? Did it remind you of your own relationship with a sister orclose friend? Why or why not?2. How were Nancy and Suzy shaped bythe legacies of cancer in their family?Which messages from their many rolemodels—including their parents—provedto be the most lasting?Crown Archetype WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD SEPTEMBER 14 , 2010
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