By Nancy G. Brinker
Suzy and Nancy Goodman have been greater than sisters. They have been most sensible neighbors, confidantes, and companions within the grand experience of existence. for 3 a long time, not anything might separate them. now not collage, now not marriage, no longer miles. Then Suzy acquired unwell. She used to be clinically determined with breast melanoma in 1977; 3 agonizing years later, at thirty-six, she died.
It wasn’t presupposed to be this manner. The Goodman women have been raised in postwar Peoria, Illinois, by means of mom and dad who believed that small acts of charity may perhaps switch the realm. Suzy was once the massive sister—the homecoming queen with an infectious enthusiasm and a beneficiant center. Nancy used to be the little sister—the tomboy with an oversized experience of justice who desired to correct all wrongs. The sisters shared make-up suggestions, courting secrets and techniques, plans for glamorous fable careers. They spent one memorable summer season in Europe getting to know an important international faraway from Peoria. They imagined a longevity together—one during which they’d become older jointly surrounded through kids and grandchildren.
Suzy’s prognosis shattered that dream.
In 1977, breast melanoma used to be nonetheless shrouded in stigma and disgrace. no one spoke of early detection and mammograms. not anyone might even say the phrases “breast” and “cancer” jointly in well mannered corporation, not to mention on tv information publicizes. With Nancy at her facet, Suzy persisted the various indignities of melanoma remedy, from the awful, soul-killing ready rooms to the error of well-meaning yet misinformed medical professionals. That’s whilst Suzy started to ask Nancy to vow. to vow to finish the silence. to vow to elevate cash for medical examine. to vow to 1 day healing breast melanoma for reliable. substantial, shoot-for-the-moon offers that Nancy by no means dreamed she may perhaps satisfy. yet she promised simply because this was once her cherished sister.
I promise, Suzy. . . . no matter if it takes the remainder of my life.
Suzy’s death—both stunning and senseless—created a deep ache in Nancy that by no means absolutely went away. yet she quickly discovered an invaluable outlet for her grief and outrage. Armed simply with a shoebox jam-packed with the names of power donors, Nancy positioned her bold fund-raising skills to paintings and fast chanced on a groundswell of grassroots aid. She was once aided in her project by way of the loving tutelage of her husband, eating place mogul Norman Brinker, whose dynamic method of entrepreneurship turned Nancy’s version for operating her starting place. Her account of the way she and Norman met, fell in love, and controlled to accomplish the elusive “true marriage of equals” is likely one of the nice grown-up love tales between fresh memoirs.
Nancy’s venture to alter the way in which the realm said and taken care of breast melanoma took on further urgency while she was once herself clinically determined with the sickness in 1984, a terrifying bankruptcy in her lifestyles that she had lengthy feared. in contrast to her sister, Nancy survived and went directly to make Susan G. Komen for the treatment into the main influential future health charity within the nation and arguably the area. A pioneering strength in cause-related advertising and marketing, SGK became the purple ribbon right into a image of wish far and wide. every year, thousands of individuals all over the world participate in SGK Race for the therapy occasions. and because of the greater than $1.5 billion spent via SGK for state of the art study and neighborhood courses, a breast melanoma prognosis this day isn't any longer a demise sentence. in truth, within the time when you consider that Suzy’s demise, the five-year survival cost for breast melanoma has risen from seventy four percentage to ninety eight percent.
Promise Me is a deeply relocating tale of relatives and sisterhood, the dramatic “30,000-foot view” of the democratization of a disorder, and a hovering affirmative to the query: Can one individual really make a difference?
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Rodgers, Joni, 1962– II. Title. 1_r2 To Suzy … with love forever. And to Mommy, Daddy, and Eric. I dedicate my life’s work to my fine colleagues and friends who’ve made Susan G. Komen for the Cure come alive. And to Norman. CONTENTS Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication Note from the Author Note from the Coauthor PART I - SUZY 1 Where Will Meets Way A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BEAST 2 Founder Effect THE STORYTELLER’S MASTECTOMY 3 The Goodman Girls LITTLE PEARL HARBOR 4 Women of the World FOREVER BLONDE 5 May Queen at Neiman Marcus CENTS AND SENSIBILITY 6 We All Fall Down MYSTERY AND METHOD 7 Wake Up, Little Suzy SEMPER PINK 8 Make It Last PART II - EVOLUTION 9 A Seal Upon Thy Heart WHEN YOU HEAR HOOFBEATS 10 Flying into Love LOVE AND OTHER CANNONBALLS 11 Outside the Box I HOPE YOU DANCE 12 Follow the Leader THE FIRST LADY 13 Run the Good Race LIVING ONE STEP AHEAD 14 Purpose in Perspective LOVE WILL FIND A WAY 15 To Market, To Market FROM POINT A TO POINT B 16 My Kingdom for a Horse PART III - REVOLUTION 17 Bridge of Light HIGHER LEARNING 18 Pride and Protocol WHERE WE AREN’T, WHERE WE ARE, AND WHERE WE WANT TO BE 19 Promise Me Breast Cancer Timeline Resources for Families Dealing with Breast Cancer About the Authors NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR This book captures the spirit of my experiences to the best of my recollection with the help of letters, journals, press clippings, photos, and interviews.
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