with Susan Braun
- Friday, October 18, 6:30-8pm
Join us as Susan Braun shares some of the highlights of her journey as a cancer patient advocate—informed by her work as the former President and CEO of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, former Executive Director of Commonweal, and her current position as the the CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Susan will address how “advocacy” means many things to many people and can be found in both individual and societal contexts. She notes that in her role as a cancer patient advocate, it means serving as a navigator, communicator, and a resource.
Advocating for individuals is holistic, Susan believes, involving the physical, emotional, and even economic well-being of patients. Advocacy also makes it possible for the voice of patients to be heard through the din of noise surrounding diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Extending to society-at-large, advocates can raise the voice of many who are at risk, who have been diagnosed, who have died, and who have survived, ensuring that the importance of cancer prevention, research, treatment, and long-term care is never understated.
About Susan Braun
Susan Braun is a businesswoman, a strategist, a health educator, and a passionate advocate for people with cancer. She has spent more than 20 years working side-by-side with amazing people, driving toward ways to diminish suffering caused by cancer and other health conditions – at the individual and the global level.
Ms. Braun is currently the CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research. In the past she has served as the Executive Director of Commonweal; the Executive Director of the ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Cancer Foundation; the President and CEO of the CURE Media Group, publisher of CURE Magazine; the President and CEO of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; in various positions within the Oncology/Immunology Division at Bristol-Myers Squibb; and as an executive with the health care consulting firm Pracon Incorporated and the Center for Economic Studies in Medicine. She is member of Smith Center’s Board of Directors.
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