Komen Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker remembers a brave, courageous and outspoken pioneer for women’s rights
DALLAS - March 26, 2011 - Susan G. Komen for the Cure® today joins America and a global family of friends who send condolences to the family of Geraldine Ferraro, 75, the first female U.S. vice presidential candidate, who died Saturday after a 12-year battle against multiple myeloma.
“Before and after meeting her personally, I always felt Geraldine was a woman who exhibited compassion, bravery and candor,” said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Komen for the Cure. “She believed America is the land where dreams could come true for all of us. But without ground-breaking women like her, achieving those dreams would be immensely more difficult.”
After publicly acknowledging her diagnosis of the blood cancer known as multiple myeloma, Ferraro appeared before a Senate committee promoting the need for more cancer research.
“She never backed down from a fight, regardless of the odds,” Ambassador Brinker said. “Whether it was politics, health care or the fight for women’s rights, Geraldine Ferraro always stood up for those who needed a voice. We’ll all miss her.”