Statement from Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker on the Passing of R. Sargent Shriver, Jr.
It is with profound sorrow that we mourn the passing of our friend R. Sargent Shriver, Jr., one of the nation’s—indeed, the world’s—finest and most accomplished champions of peace and progress. Throughout an exemplary and compassionate life dedicated to the highest ideals of equal opportunity for all and the greater promise of humanity, Sargent Shriver served with distinction in a truly extraordinary number of capacities. In such benchmark roles as the first director of the Peace Corps and the leader of the Center for the War on Poverty, and as founder of such essential organizations as Special Olympics, Head Start and VISTA, he led by conviction, by brilliance and by example. War hero, husband, father, activist, leader and great American, R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. represented the very best of what we all hope to achieve. His inspiration as a man of uncompromising principle lives on. We offer our deepest condolences to his children, Robert, Maria, Timothy, Mark and Anthony.
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Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker founded Susan G. Komen on a promise she made to her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. She led a relentless breast cancer information and awareness campaign and succeeded in breaching the silence surrounding the disease, fundamentally changing the way it is talked about and treated. She started the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and also pioneered cause-related marketing, both of which have had a profound impact on the breast cancer movement. An outspoken champion of all people with breast cancer as well as those who are at risk for developing the disease, Ambassador Brinker takes her cause and her passion all over the world, seeking the fresh input and international partnerships essential to ending breast cancer forever. Among her many leadership roles, Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001-2003 and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009.