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The power behind Breast Cancer Action and its transformative Think Before You Pink campaign, Barbara Brenner brought an abundance of wit, courage and clarity to the cause and forever changed the conversation. What had been construed as an individual crisis could now be seen for what it was: a pressing concern of public health and social justice, with environmental issues at the center of prevention efforts.
Brenner’s columns and blog posts form a chronicle of breast cancer research and health care activism that is as inspiring as it is informative. As she takes on the corporate forces at work in breast cancer research and treatment and in the “pinkwashing” of fund-raising for the cause, Brenner, a self-described hell-raiser, contends with cancer herself, twice, and her words offer understanding and encouragement to all those whose lives are touched by the disease.
Infused with her characteristic moxie, humor, anger and compassion, So Much to Be Done provides an in-depth, precisely observed portrayal of what it is to live with a terminal disease and to die on one’s own terms.
A key figure in North American breast cancer history, Barbara Brenner was executive director of the nonprofit organization Breast Cancer Action, based in San Francisco. She died in 2013 at the age of sixty-one.
Susie Lampert was Barbara Brenner’s partner for 38 years, from the time they met in graduate school until Barbara’s death in 2013. She previously served on the board of Equal Rights Advocates (as chair for six years), a non-profit law firm whose work focuses on women's legal and economic equality. She currently volunteers in the office of Magic Theatre, a cutting-edge producer of new plays in San Francisco.
TIME & DATE
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 7:00pm