Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker discusses how her sister, Suzy’s death from breast cancer in 1977 inspired her to change the way the world talked about and treated breast cancer. She founded the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the most influential health charities, and tells the story of creating it in Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.
This afternoon, President Barack Obama will present 16 people with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It is the highest honor that can be awarded to a civilian. Among this year's honorees are Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Stephen Hawking, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, tennis legend Billie Jean King, and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Also receiving a medal tonight is Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest breast cancer awareness organization in the world. She has just been appointed as the first "Cancer Ambassador" to the World Health Organization and she tells about her work and the award.
Want to watch the awards ceremony? The ceremony with President Barack Obama will begin at 2 p.m. central time and be carried on a live stream at whitehouse.gov.
For a full list of recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, click through.