From the Databases: Susan G. Komen Foundation

We all know that the AU Library has a lot of databases — but how well do YOU know them and the types of information they contain? 

Enter our new  “From the Databases” feature, where I highlight facts & snippets pulled exclusively from the Library’s online electronic resources. It’s good for your brain, and good for your research. So let’s get ready to learn a few fast facts about…

The Susan G. Komen Foundation

Pillsbury Komen Cookie, courtesy of DataMonitor360

1. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is recognized as one of the most prominent health-related foundations to take advantage of social media channels.

  • “The rise of health advocacy and disease support pages on Facebook indicates there is an appetite for such support in social media channels. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast cancer and breast health non-profit organization, for example, has nearly 500,000 “likes” on its Facebook page.” From eMarketer (“Patients Get Social About Their Health,” August 3, 2011).

2. The foundation’s actual name is “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.” Until 2007, it was called the “Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.”

  • “The company changed its name in 2007 from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and rebranded itself to mark its 25th anniversary.” From Hoover’s Academic (Company profile of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Accessed 2/3/2012)

3. Recent products launched in partnership with the Komen Foundation include an Italian brand of dishwashing gloves, a Cheseapeake Bay “vanilla rice flower” scented candle,  and a limited edition Pillsbury sugar cookie with pink hearts.

  • Search results from DataMonitor 360 (“Product Launch Analytics” sub-database)

4. In 2002, the Komen foundation provided at least $1.2 million for D.C. area breast health and breast cancer services.

  • From ABI/Inform Business & Management (“The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Provides More Than $1.2 Million For D.C-Area Breast Health, Breast Cancer Services,” PR Newswire, 22 Feb. 2002)

4. In the 90s, Komen Foundation founder Nancy Brinker was simultaneously friends with both Marilyn Quayle, wife of former Republican VP Dan Quayle, as well as Margot Perot, a former advisory council member to Planned Parenthood and the wife of presidential candidate Ross Perot.

  • “At a big Bush fund-raiser here a few weeks ago, among the Perots’ close friends were Nancy and Norman Brinker, he the CEO and president of Chili’s restaurants and she the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. ‘My husband has long supported George Bush,” Nancy Brinker says.’And Marilyn Quayle is my friend’.” From Factiva (“Margot Perot’s American Dream; For the Non-Candidate’s Wife, A Life of Family and Charity,” Washington Post, 30 June 1992.
  • “Staunchly pro-choice – she’s an advisory council member for Planned Parenthood – [Margot Perot] says she would never consider an abortion, “but then you start looking out beyond your own little world, and you realize it’s pretty grim out there. … She is equally adamant in her opposition to parental notification. “There are exceptions. How can you legislate that? I’m saying, What about that 15-year-old girl who’s kicked out of her own home?.” See previous article.

5. Norman Brinker, late husband of Komen CEO Nancy Brinker, was a casual dining innovator who founded the Bennigan’s chain and was instrumental to the growth of the Chili’s chain.

  • “Norman Brinker, who helped put casual dining and salad bars on the American menu with the Steak and Ale and Bennigan’s chains, and went on to transform Chili’s from a small regional hamburger chain into one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, Brinker International, died Monday while on vacation in Colorado Springs.” From LexisNexis Academic (“Norman Brinker, 78, Dies; Casual Dining Innovator,” New York Times, 10 June 2009)

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