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Susan G. Komen Recognizes Chicago Doctor, Lights Historic Bridge Pink
Chicagoland mark October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month
CHICAGO – October 17, 2013 – Susan G. Komen® recognized the Chicagoland’s fight against breast cancer on Wednesday evening by honoring Dr. Funmi Olopade at a reception with some of Chicago’s top business leaders. The evening kicked off with a lighting of the LaSalle Street Bridge in the color pink to mark October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Dr. Olopade is an international leader in cancer genetics, seeking personalized treatments for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. Much of her work is focused on women in Chicago, where discrepancies in breast cancer mortality rates between African American women and white women are among the highest in the country.
“African American women in Chicago are more than twice as likely to die of breast cancer compared to white women,” said Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and Chair of Global Strategy for Komen. “This is stunning. And it is a clear sign that we have work to do in ensuring that every woman has access to education, screening and treatment.”
To date, Susan G. Komen has invested more than $17 million dollars into research in Illinois through 74 different grants. And since 1997, the Chicagoland affiliate has granted more than $13.5 million dollars toward community-based efforts here in Chicago. The evening’s event was graciously underwritten by Howard Bernick and raised $215,000 that will go directly towards breast cancer research and the Chicagoland community initiatives.
Guests in attendance to mark the 2nd annual bridge lighting included: Co-chairs Janet and Craig Duchossois, Lisa and Jeff Aronin and Catherine Perez; guests Ann and John Barney, Eve and Rich Biller, Nancy Brinker, Dennis Carlin, Nora Daley and Sean Conroy, Bonnie Gordon, Andrea Herenton, Leslie Hindman, Jeff Jacobs, Carol and Larry Levy, Wade Miquelon, Harriette and Ted Perlman, Michael Perlow, John and Colette Rau, Stephen Schwartz, Robin Loewenberg and Mark Tebbe, and Beth and Bruce White.