Susan G. Komen and Hope for the Cure
The namesake of the breast-cancer-fighting organization was a 33-year-old woman in the late 1970s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she died three years later, her sister Nancy G. Brinker promised that she would fight the disease until it was no longer a threat to women (and men) everywhere. That promise later became The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which is now known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Pictured: Thousands of survivors participated in the Global Race Survivor Parade during the Race’s Opening Ceremony (Photo by Tony Powell)