Honoring the Promise raises $1.5 million for Cancer Clinics in Washington DC

Honoring the Promise raises $1.5 million for Cancer Clinics in Washington DC

Last night saw the third annual Honoring the Promise gala take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Hosted by survivor and CBS correspondent Bob Schieffer, the star-studded event which saw Jordin Sparks perform raised $1.5 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® international and Washington DC based cancer programs.

Guests included Hollywood stars and breast cancer survivors Jaclyn Smith and Richard Roundtree, as well as Naomi Judd, Susan Ford Bales, Ray LaHood and John Dingell who presented the evening’s awards.

Founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen, Nancy Brinker said of last night, “This is the juncture where we find ourselves today – a past of great progress but an unforgiving future unless we renew our commitment to winning this fight. I’m confident that we will, because of what I see here tonight.”

Held in the nation’s capital where sadly mortality from breast cancer is highest in the whole of the US, those to receive honors where Sen. Olympia Snowe who accepted the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement, Umberto Veronesi M.D. for Scientific and Medical, Maggie Daley for Community and Her Excellency Dr. Christine Kaseba first lady of Zambia was awarded the Global Leadership honor.

Honoring the Promise celebrates those who have helped Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker to fulfil the promise she gave to her dying sister, Susan Komen. Thirty years ago Nancy vowed to do everything in her power to end the disease which sadly took Susan’s life, and in turn established Komen in 1982. Since then the charitable organisation has managed to raise $2 billion towards research, education, community programs and international aid.

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