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The face of breast cancer belongs to people we know: Our mothers, wives, sisters and brothers. They died of breast cancer. We tell their stories to honor and celebrate their lives, to peel back the pink and inspire real, effective action. Join us.

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Kathleen Livingston
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Kathleen Livingston

Kathleen was a passionate, charismatic and dynamic force in breast cancer advocacy. She represented the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation on the Board of Directors for the National Breast Cancer Coalition for several years. This memorial fund has been established in Kathleen's honor through NBCC to continue her work in Michigan bringing public awareness, advocacy and education to important breast cancer issues.


Kristine Sutton

Kris was 59 when she passed away peacefully at home in December 2008.

Kris was a sort of “every woman” in the world of breast cancer. In her life she was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, high school teacher and needle pointer. She left a strong legacy of advocacy work as an NBCC Team Leader.


M. Carolina Hinestrosa

March 7, 1959 - June 21, 2009

Carolina contributed so much to so many, her impact in the world of women's health, breast cancer, minority rights and in our lives continues.


Christine Sansone

1974- 2007

Christine Sansone’s determination and spirit left an indelible mark on all of us. Christine herself wrote in 2006, “I will fight to the very end and try to help myself and other women deal with breast cancer and try to eradicate it.”


Joy Veaudry

Joy died on June 24, 2008 (born 1950)

She informed women that we would never be able to cure breast cancer until research is accountable, transparent and collaborative. Joy understood the politics of breast cancer, and she dedicated her energies towards making a difference.


Jayne Allyson Collie

Jayne passed away on February 24, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family, after a five and a half year battle with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). She was 54.


Mildred Leigh-Gold

A breast cancer survivor for 20 years, Mildred Leigh-Gold died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 31 2008. She was 64.

Mildred’s work as program manager for the City of Milwaukee Health Department Breast and Cervical Cancer Program was fueled by a strong history of breast cancer in her own family. Her work gave her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of medically underserved women.


Denise Myra Smith-Jones

August 5, 1955 - July 27, 2007

Her loving family has written that “Denise had an intense passion for living and a great love of family and others. Her grace and dignity has blessed us for the short 51 years she was with us.” They will miss her always.


Carol Capen Lystad

Carol, 69, died peacefully on May 7, 2008.

Carol often said that a highlight of her life was marching in Washington, D.C. with NBCC advocates in October 1993 and meeting President Bill Clinton in the White House to discuss cancer funding.


Jennifer J. "Jenn" Tracz

Jennifer passed away on December 2, 2008.

With the start of her treatment Jenn lost her job and her health insurance, but she never lost her spirit as she became a vocal advocate for change in insurance policies and access to care.


Karin Noss


NBCC president Fran Visco said, “When Karin was home, at hospice care, I spoke to her. And one of the things she said to me was, 'Please. Remember how important it is, the work that you do. And the work that the National Breast Cancer Coalition does. And the work of the Department of Defense Program. It’s so important. You need to continue.' And we are going to continue. And we are going to continue through this conference and beyond. And we are going to dedicate that work to the life of Karin Noss.”


Kim Denise Wade

After 2 years of grueling treatment, Kim Denise Wade passed away in February 2008 at the age of 45.

After her initial treatment, Kim worked as a Patient Navigator. As someone who had struggled to make ends meet during treatment, she was a calming influence on the women who called, helping them through difficult times.