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For helping to bring about a society that now encourages people to speak out about their illness, a society where funding for breast cancer research is improving each year, and a society where more and more people are learning about breast cancer.

Organization: Wayne State University -- Wayne State University President Allan D. Gilmour accepted the award.


Allan D. Gilmour

By leading in the fight against breast cancer Wayne State University has united its students, faculty and the community to “aim higher” to defeat this disease.

“Wayne State is humbled to receive the KCI Heroes of Breast Cancer Leadership Award. Breast cancer has touched the lives of too many people. I am proud of the work our researchers do, which may one day cure this disease; proud of the education our faculty provide to School of Medicine students who will treat patients with this disease; and proud of our staff who have brought more awareness about this disease to the workplace. I look forward to the day when we no longer have to have ‘heroes’ to help eradicate breast cancer, because I look forward to the day when we have a cure.” – Allan Gilmour, President, Wayne State University

Individual: Nick Smither, Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ford Motor Company


Nick Smither

As corporate champion of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Nick Smither has galvanized thousands from the Ford Motor community, and through his example, drives others to help end breast cancer forever.

Nick Smither, Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ford Motor Company

“What a great surprise and honor, thank you! However, the real heroes are our fantastic Ford team and volunteers who show up in increasing numbers each year to support the fight against breast cancer.” – Nick Smither.

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