A Note from Dr. Judy A. Salerno
My new position as president and CEO is especially meaningful to me. I’ve spent my professional life guiding health care policy, overseeing research, and developing programs that deliver healthcare to our communities.
As executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute of Medicine, it’s been my privilege to direct the critical work of one of the most respected science organizations in the world. It has also been my privilege at IOM to oversee the National Cancer Policy Forum, where national leaders in science, community health, public policy, academics and consumers address the most important issues in cancer today, and set a course for the future.
My career and background meld perfectly with the work that Komen does in its four mission areas: research, community health, public health advocacy and global outreach. Komen’s goal, and my goal, is to ensure that we continue funding the best research in the United States and around the world and deliver what we are learning through science to the people who can benefit from it – especially the medically underserved women and men who face daunting challenges in access to quality care.
Komen’s reputation for excellence in research is unmatched. Komen’s advocacy for women over its 31 years is unquestioned, as is Komen’s compassion and action to help the medically underserved. Our way forward is to build on all that Komen has accomplished in its first three decades and set a course for the future.
I look forward to meeting that challenge with the help and advice of one of this movement’s truly great leaders, Nancy Brinker, and with the exceptional group of Komen staff, Affiliates, volunteers and advisors who make this organization work.
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About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.