Last Tuesday evening I was excited to be able to attend the reception with Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Nancy has always been on my bucket list of people I would love to someday meet, so to say I was excited to finally meet her is a bit of an understatement. As Nancy’s sister, Susan G. Komen, was dying from breast cancer, Nancy promised that she’d do everything she could to end breast cancer, even if it took her entire life to make a difference. This promise has inspired millions of people around the globe to join in the fight against breast cancer—a feat that has saved millions of lives.
I have always admired Nancy’s drive, leadership and fierce dedication to a cause that has changed the future for many women -women just like me. Meeting such an inspiring figure in person was a great opportunity. But, more than anything, I was so glad that Nancy got to finally see what an amazing organization the Komen Columbus affiliate is and how incredible the people are who are part of it.
The highlight of the event on Tuesday, in my opinion, was when two very special Komen Columbus volunteers were honored. This past May, I had the privilege of working with Carole Morbitzer and Stan Mansfield, as well as many other fabulous volunteers, to help plan a record-breaking Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. As I looked down upon the sea of pinkness that was downtown Columbus, Ohio, on May 16, 2010, all I could keep thinking about was: We did this. All of us-the staff and volunteers of Komen Columbus-we made this happen! And, when the news headlines came out saying this was the biggest race ever for Columbus, I was beyond happy-but, to be honest, it actually didn’t surprise me: We wouldn’t have it any other way.
The dedication and commitment of Komen Columbus’ Race Planning Committee-and of the hundreds of volunteers who turned out to help us #pinkitup on race day – actually blew my mind. Everyone worked tirelessly to make that event happen. The intense commitment made me so proud to be part of such a wonderful cause that has saved the lives of women across the world and continues to do so every day.
Carole and Stan, like Nancy, are outstanding examples of how one single person can make such a huge difference-and every single person can learn a lot from them. The room was buzzing with excitement on Tuesday because people in Columbus truly care about supporting Komen in its mission to cure breast cancer forever. Even if Nancy was just in Columbus for a brief moment, it is my greatest hope that she recognized Komen Columbus’ exceptional dedication.
And I hope to see Nancy again at the 2011 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure—because, let’s face it, we’re just going to be breaking more records.
– Guest post by Hana Bieliauskas
Consultant, CMA Consulting
Co-Organizer, Pink It Up, Komen Columbus
Co-Organizer/Communications, LUNGevity Columbus