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 model.
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 legacy.
Read more from Breast Cancer Action about Barbara Brenner's life, legacy and inspiring story.