" I have never actually stopped to fully analyze why I gave up my career as a partner in a law firm, to give all my attention to ending breast cancer. I am often asked why. And I usually shrug. I simply cannot conceive of doing anything else.
"Giving" has played a very important role in my life, from a very young age. My family fell on the low end of the economic ladder, yet we were always giving to others. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother cooking and delivering food with me and my siblings by her side, to those even less fortunate than we.
As I grew older I gave time to volunteering on non-profit boards, political campaigns and coaching younger women. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I took my experience with giving to breast cancer advocacy. I quickly realized that we did not know nearly enough about breast cancer and, in fact, in 1987 it was rarely discussed. While this affected me on a very personal level, it also made me think of all the other people in my position who deserved better information, safer and effective treatment and, ultimately, a world without breast cancer"