Nancy Polikoff

Breast Cancer Activist Brenner Featured in USA Today

Filed By Nancy Polikoff | July 19, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Action

BreastCancer.jpgAs head of Breast Cancer Action, Barbara Brenner led a national campaign focused exclusively on the well-being of women. On Monday, USA Today profiled Brenner and her fight against ALS. The story also features her partner of 36 years, Susie Lampert.

I'm glad to see Brenner get the visibility she deserves for building an organization with no drug company funding and beholden to no corporate interests. A separate article in USA Today explains BCA's "Think Before You Pink" campaign.

I still don't expect anything as mainstream as USA Today to so visibly highlight an activist lesbian. Her ALS diagnosis is painfully sad, but she is a fighter, and that fight comes through in the story. Millions of readers will learn from reading this article a lot about Barbara, about breast cancer politics, and about how one lesbian can make such a big difference.

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It's always great to see worthy activists getting some recognition! It heightens the profile of not just the activist, but their cause, too.