Statement by Jeanne Rizzo, President & CEO, Breast Cancer Fund.
Barbara Brenner was a force to be reckoned with; a tireless,
passionate and fearless breast cancer advocate. We join the vast community of
breast cancer advocates and colleagues in expressing our deepest sympathies to
her family and friends.
Her tenure at Breast Cancer Action was bold, and her work
advanced the breast cancer movement significantly. We are all the better for
her challenging efforts on behalf of those affected by breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Fund has a long history with Breast Cancer
Action and Barbara dating back to the collaborative advocacy with our founder,
Andrea Martin that established the California Breast Cancer Research Program,
the premier breast cancer research funding program that serves as a national
In 2002 the Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Action
worked together to publish the first State of the Evidence: What Is the
Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment? report. Edited by
Nancy Evans, a health science consultant with a long history with both
organizations, we collaborated on subsequent editions, quickly dropping “what
is?” from the title as the science more clearly emerged showing the links
between breast cancer and toxic chemical and radiation exposure. This
multi-year collaboration was a testament to our organizations’ shared
commitment to understanding the environmental causes of the disease.
We offer our condolences to Barbara’s partner, Susie
Lampert, family and colleagues at Breast Cancer Action. I know that over the
years she battled ALS, Barbara found comfort in knowing that Karuna Jaggar was
so ably leading the organization she loved.
All of us at the Breast Cancer Fund look forward to
continued collaborations with Breast Cancer Action in honor of her
Read more from Breast Cancer Action about Barbara Brenner's life, legacy and inspiring story.