The Power of ONE!

Do you believe in it? Do you believe it is possible for one person to make a difference and change the world against overwhelming odds?

Nancy G. Brinker did just that with a whispered pledge to her beloved sister.

“I promise, Suzy…Even if it takes the rest of my life”.

Nancy promised to end the silence surround breast cancer and its stigma. Nancy promised to raise money for scientific research to fight breast cancer and help women. Nancy promised to one day cure breast cancer for good.

“Big, shoot-for-the-moon promises that Nancy never dreamed she could fulfill.”

PROMISE ME is Nancy’s story in making that promise to her sister Susan a reality. It is a testament to her love for her sister and how she took her grief and anger at Susan’s suffering and death to form Susan G. Komen for the Cure and changed the world. It is a mission that has accomplished miracles around the world. Susan G. Komen for the Cure has become

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“the most influential health charity in the country and arguably the world. A pioneering force in cause-related marketing, SGK turned the pink ribbon into a symbol of hope everywhere. Each year, millions of people worldwide take part in SGK Race for the Cure events. And thanks to the more than $1.5 billion spent by SGK for cutting-edge research and community programs, a breast cancer diagnosis today is no longer a death sentence. In fact, in the time since Suzy’s death, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer has risen from 74 percent to 98 percent.”

This story inspires and deeply touches my heart because I know the pain that cancer can bring to those we love. In 1998, my mother performed her monthly self-exam and discovered a lump. She was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast and opted for a radical mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy.

This story inspires and deeply touches my heart…

At the time of Mom’s diagnosis, she was head of the Y2K team for Intermountain Health Care and was so worried about whether she’d be able to continue with her duties at the level she had been performing and still go to her chemo treatments. My mother, ever the trooper, was able to not only perform her duties spectacularly, but most who worked with her never knew the physical battle she was fighting daily.

This was not mother’s first battle with cancer (she had also been diagnosed with sarcoma in 1990), nor was it her last (sarcoma took her life in July of 2009), but it left a very lasting impression on me and moved me to do something about it. After meeting a group of extremely inspiring women, I, along with two equally passionate friends, formed Rising Phoenix Charitable Foundation and over a period of a few years raised over twenty thousand to assist Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

So ladies, please perform your monthly breast exams (and don’t forget your mammograms, too!) and men, please encourage your wives, mothers, daughters and friends to do their exams and remember men, breast cancer isn’t reserved for just women, do YOUR exams as well! The life you save, may be your own.

Read PROMISE ME and remember that THE POWER OF ONE can indeed make a difference.

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Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton - Dayna is the very busy divorced mother of four "exceptional" children. She spends her time running not only this website but is also the founder and President of Rising Phoenix Charitable Foundation ( - a charitable organization which benefits women and children's causes. Dayna is a firm believer in the worth and value of individuals and hopes to help all embrace who they are, nourish themselves and then "pay it forward" by helping others around them to do the same. In her spare time, Dayna enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on and hopes to someday have the time to write a book herself. Dayna is also an avid lover of film and the process that goes into making them. From an early age, she remembers watching the Academy Awards with her mom and cheering on her favorites. When Dayna was little, she just knew she was going to be a big star someday and she would practice in front of a mirror accepting her Oscar. Dayna took four years of drama, which she loved, but found her true passion was dancing. Even today you can catch Dayna dancing just about everywhere she goes, including beaches in the moonlight ...