health specialists in the United states, and “founding mother “ of the breast
cancer advocacy movement, will be the featured speaker at the Vail Breast
Cancer Awareness Group’s (VBCAG) 21st Anniversary “Celebration of Life”
luncheon. The annual event will be held on Friday, July 10, at the Vail Marriott
Mountain Resort and Spa.
Dr. Love has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer.
She is the Chief Visionary Officer of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
and oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and
prevention. She co-founded the National Breast Cancer Coalition and was
appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the National Cancer Advisory
Board from 1998-2004. Love served as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and was the first Director of the
Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, now in its fifth
edition and available in seven languages, has been deemed “the Bible for
women with breast cancer” by the New York Times. Love is currently working on
the sixth edition of the book, due out in October, and will bring the audience up to
date on “breast cancer in the 21st century.”
“We are thrilled to bring Dr. Love back to the valley,” says Brenda Himelfarb,
president of the VBCAG. “She is down to earth, amazingly entertaining while
speaking on such a serious subject and a true visionary as evident in the Dr.
Susan Love Research Foundation’s Health of Women Study, the largest long-
term online study to identify the cause of breast cancer.”
In June of 2012, Dr. Love was diagnosed with leukemia. Following a successful
stem cell transplant from her sister, she went back to work and more impatient
than ever to find the cause of breast cancer and end it once and for all. She is
also running marathons – in her spare time!
The VBCAG began in 1993. In addition to Himelfarb, board members include
Joyce Bradley, Nicole Denton, Heidi Bricklin, Lori Brown, Eric Burgund, Tracy
Gillette, Jessica Denton, and Linda Lund. The group strives to ease
the financial and emotional burdens endured by those in Eagle County who are
battling breast cancer. Since it’s inception, the VBCAG has raised well over
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