Special Occasion Speech
Thank you for joining us today as the City of Mobile participates in the Race for the Cure Walk in celebration of October Cancer Awareness Month. This is a special occasion for many reasons but the most significant is that we have chosen as a community to make a difference and to show our own ability to be heroes. People define heroism in so many individualized ways and the world is full of heroes that make a significant impact and have admirable traits of all kinds. Our own designated heroes affect our mindset and influence our thoughts and our actions. It is powerful and influential. To me, a true hero changes the world and provides hope and peace in the most difficult situations.
Today we celebrate undying love and the spirit of a woman that has changed the world. It takes a special person, a true hero, to take a personal tragedy and turn that experience into something so positive that it impacts the life of millions.
Today our walk is led by Nancy Goodman Brinker, she was an ordinary individual affected by cancer when she lost her sister to breast cancer in 1983. She has been content to be unnoticed but has not stood to let hope be disregarded. Her heroism is driven by personal loss and a powerful promise.
As a sibling survivor of this horrible thing called cancer, she chose to take her loss and make it a win for the world. You may not recognize Mrs. Brinker’s name, but you may be very familiar with her sister’s name — Susan G. Komen. When Susan died of breast cancer in her mid-thirties, Nancy promised her sister that she would do all she could to help the half-million women worldwide who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. She continues to dedicate her life to “finding a cure”. She is regarded as the leader of the global breast cancer movement. Christopher Reeve, also known as Superman, once said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming