WASHINGTON – June 13, 2011 – Laura Ziskin, the award-winning Hollywood producer who died Sunday of breast cancer, has left a legacy of cancer advocacy that will benefit millions of people for years to come, said the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.
Ziskin was diagnosed in 2004 and founded Stand Up To Cancer in 2008 to raise funds for cancer research. She gathered news anchors of television networks and Hollywood stars for telethons that aired on all three networks, raising more than $200 million for cancer research.
“Laura was determined to turn her personal tragedy into a means of helping others, and she excelled at this just as she excelled in so many other areas of her life,” said Komen founder and CEO Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker. “We will miss Laura’s humor, her passion and her courage through her illness. Her’s was a life well-lived, and millions of people facing cancer will forever benefit from the research her work made possible.”