Brinker tells FPU: Pursue passion

  • Staff photos by Nicholas Handy

  • Temple resident Wendy Elsing, left, presents a homemade quilt to Nancy Goodman Brinker Friday night, prior to Brinker’s speech at Franklin Pierce University. Staff photos by Nicholas Handy

  • Staff photos by Nicholas Handy

  • Staff photos by Nicholas Handy

  • Staff photos by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
*Archive Article*
RINDGE — Franklin Pierce Univeristy’s Spagnuolo Hall was flooded with a sea of pink on a rainy Thursday night.

Pink shirts and other attire were worn to greet Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, who came to the university to speak about breast cancer. Students and community members were a part of a “record crowd,” according to FPU President Andrew Card.

“I am moved by your attendance,” said Brinker. “It feels nice to get the same amount of attention as a presidential candidate.”

Brinker’s speech delved into her first encounter with breast cancer — her sister, Susan, passed away from breast cancer in 1980 — and her starting and growing of one of the world’s largest breast cancer foundations.

“Thirty five years, ago, breast cancer was more than a disease, it was a social stigma,” said Brinker. “People thought that it was contagious.”

Brinker also discussed her affiliation with the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a George W. Bush led initiative that began in 2011.

“In the Middle East, many women suffer in silence,” said Brinker. “With Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, we wanted to take the lesson we learned here and bring them into developing countries.”

While much of her talk dealt with her work with cancer and helping women across the globe, her speech also had a message of hope for students in attendance: if something is important to you, pursue it with passion.

“In 35 years, we have gone from having $200 to having $900 million and a dozen volunteers to 114 affiliates,” said Brinker. “Over the course of your life, you will find many things that are important to you. Not only are things like this possible, they happen.”

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