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I was wondering: Who is Susan G. Komen, the namesake of the cancer walk, and what is her history?

The walk is to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Foundation. Komen and her sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, began the foundation, according to the komen.org online site. Komen, of Peoria, Ill., was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978 and died at the age of 36. Based on the Web site, Brinker established the foundation with the intent of educating people about breast cancer and finding a cure.

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