October 26, 2001

Komen Foundation, Braun receive Preston Award

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Frances Williams Preston, right, presents the award to Susan Braun at the luncheon this week. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Komen Foundation, Braun receive Preston Award

Susan Braun and the Susan G. Komen Foundation of which she is president and CEO were honored this week by the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center for efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer.

The Frances Williams Preston Award for Breast Cancer Awareness is presented each year during the Breast Cancer Health Forum Luncheon. This year’s luncheon drew a record crowd of 600 to Loews Vanderbilt Plaza.

Since its inception in 1982, the Komen Foundation has grown to become the largest source of private funding for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Its trademark is the Race for the Cure, a series of 5K runs/fitness walks in 112 cities in the United States and in Rome, Athens and Frankfurt.

Nashville’s Race for the Cure will be Sunday, Nov. 4, at Metro Center. The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has been challenged to have the largest team, and the first 100 folks who join will receive a Vanderbilt-Ingram T-shirt. To register, call 936-5855.

Preston, president and CEO of the BMI music rights organization, was on hand to present the award. As in years past, NewsChannel 5 anchor and medical reporter Amy Marsalis emceed the event, which included a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors modeling clothing from Chico’s.