susanandnancyThirty-four years ago, on August 4, 1980, Suzy Komen passed away to breast cancer and her sister, Nancy, made a promise to her that she would end this disease forever. In 1977, at the age of thirty-three, Suzy was stricken with breast cancer. Three years later, having endured an uninformed doctor, surgeries that left her feeling mutilated and stripped of her sexuality, and fighting through several grueling courses of chemotherapy and radiation, Suzy lay dying. Toward the end, she begged her sister to do something, anything, to make sure that other women with breast cancer would not have to suffer as she had from the ravages of this deadly disease.

“Promise me, Nancy,” she said. “Promise me you won’t let it go on like this.” Her heartbroken sister, Nancy, promised: “I swear, Suzy. Even if it takes the rest of my life.” At that moment, Susan G. Komen for the Cure was born. Here is Suzy’s story: