Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer
Title: Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer
Author: Nancy G. Brinker
Susan G. Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three years later, at the age of 36, she passed away. Suzy asked her sister Nancy to promise her that she would raise money for scientific research and to bring breast cancer awareness. Nancy’s response? “I promise, Suzy…Even if it takes the rest of my life.” Learn how the Susan G. Komen Foundation began.
Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Not college, not marriage, not miles. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at thirty-six, she died. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Goodman girls were raised in postwar Peoria, Illinois, by parents who believed that small acts of charity could change the world. Suzy was the big sister—the homecoming queen with an infectious enthusiasm and a generous heart. Nancy was the little sister—the tomboy with an outsized sense of justice who wanted to right all wrongs. The sisters shared makeup tips, dating secrets, plans for glamorous fantasy careers. They spent one memorable summer in Europe discovering a big world far from Peoria. They imagined a long life together—one in which they’d grow old together surrounded by children and grandchildren.