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4.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 5 4.34 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Brinker Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at 36, she died.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. The Goodman girls were raised in postwar Peoria, Illinois, by parents who believed that small acts of charity could change the world. Suzy was the big sister - the homecoming queen with an infectious enthusiasm and a generous heart. Nancy was the little sister - the tomboy with an outsized sense of justice who wanted to right all wrongs. The sisters shared makeup tips, dating secrets, plans for glamorous fantasy careers. They imagined a long life together - one in which they'd grow old together surrounded by children and grandchildren. Suzy's diagnosis shattered that dream.

In 1977, breast cancer was still shrouded in stigma and shame. Nobody talked about early detection and mammograms. With Nancy at her side, Suzy endured the many indignities of cancer treatment, from the grim, soul-killing waiting rooms to the mistakes of well-meaning but misinformed doctors. That's when Suzy began to ask Nancy to promise: to end the silence, to raise money for scientific research, to one day cure breast cancer for good. Big, shoot-for-the-moon promises that Nancy never dreamed she could fulfill. But she promised because this was her beloved sister. I promise, Suzy... even if it takes the rest of my life.

Nancy soon found a useful outlet for her grief and outrage. Armed only with a shoebox filled with the names of potential donors, Nancy put her formidable fund-raising talents to work and quickly discovered a groundswell of grassroots support.

Promise Me is a deeply moving story of family and sisterhood, and a soaring affirmative to the question: Can one person truly make a difference?

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine Bates | 2/13/2014

    " I really wanted to like this, but I found her somewhat irritating. I know she has done AMAZING things to honor her sister, but I just didn't' like it. Maybe its because I felt an undercurrent of politics (but maybe I am just sensitive to that) I wish I would have liked it more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kacey | 2/10/2014

    " A 3.5 stars for me. I was intrigued by Nancy's building of Komen and I was impressed at all she did. I was, however, not a big fan of her as a person. I know that sounds rediculous since I've never met her but she and her sister came across as spoiled and priviledged girls in the book. I definitely enjoyed our book club discussion more than I actually enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 2/7/2014

    " Very sad book, but uplifting. Really showed the strong bonds of sisterhood. If you're interested in breast cancer research or learning more about susan g. komen, I would definitely recommend reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/31/2014

    " I really, really liked this book more than I ever expected to like it. Nancy Brinker is fascinating and I want to be her when I grow up! The book was very emotional and uplifting at the same time; I shed lots of tears but smiled just as much. What a great reminder that you can do anything with persistance, guts, and a dash of stubborness! I'm so glad the world is being "pinked" in honor of Susan G. Komen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Mallon | 1/30/2014

    " Incredibly touching, well written. A book that I'm sure I'll remember for years to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 1/27/2014

    " Every woman should read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/16/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book more than I did... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie | 1/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and it's made me rethink some of the negative associations I've had recently with the SGK foundation. Nancy Brinker is a remarkable woman who was fortunate enough to have the means to make a huge impact in the awareness and research of breast cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 12/27/2013

    " Loved it. Very insightful into how breast cancer used to be treated vs. how it is treated today. It was very interesting and I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Sandoz | 11/20/2013

    " Check out the chapter by my friend, Jennifer Awrey!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 11/11/2013

    " Truly have to give credit where credit is due. Breast cancer awareness, research, and improved care can all be linked to the tenaciousness of nancy brinker. I am glad to know how it all happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/24/2013

    " I am a fan of biography/autobiography, so I enjoyed this read. You will be very aware of breast cancer before it is over, but also vet impressed with the drive and strength of one woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 8/13/2013

    " Biography of Nancy Goodman Brinker, sister of Susan G. Komen, and how she started her breast cancer foundation with the help of her wealthy husband, Norman Brinker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riva | 2/9/2013

    " 5 stars not only for the book but for the cause. Amazing dedication to keep a promise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/19/2012

    " I loved this book! It's so touching and tells a fascinating story about Nancy Brinker and her sister, Suzy Komen. Suffice it to say, Nancy kept her promise and the some! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Uhde Shepherd | 11/21/2012

    " AMAZING! Loved, loved, loved this book and recommend it for everyone - great story of one woman who took $200 and a promise she made her sister and turned it into a worldwide focus on breast cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/5/2012

    " Never underestimate ladies who lunch. A great story of a promise kept by a woman who chose to make a difference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 5/14/2012

    " Marvelous book. One very smart lady. Just imagine what one person can do when determined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/8/2012

    " Highly recommend this book. If you are familiar with Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, this book is her story and more written by her sister Nancy Brinker. She promised her sister during the last days of Suzy's struggle with breast cancer that she would work to find a cure. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Frasor | 1/4/2012

    " As a breast cancer survivor, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was an interesting blend of the lives of two sisters, the start of a nonprofit organization, and the history of breast cancer and it's treatments. I found it educational, informative, and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 9/18/2011

    " This book opened my eyes to the way cancer cuts life short, amazing read. was surprised by how much history of cancer treatment i learned about "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 7/23/2011

    " Terrific!!! Great read. Fascinating story.....interesting facts...beautiful. Loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 5/10/2011

    " Loved it. Very insightful into how breast cancer used to be treated vs. how it is treated today. It was very interesting and I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/26/2011

    " This book is amazing! Educational and inspiring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/13/2011

    " There were a lot of interesting things about this book. Nancy Brinker has built arguably the most successful charity in the world and it's fascinating to learn about anyone with those kinds of talents and desires. It wasnt the most exciting biography, but I'm glad I had to read it for bookclub. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 3/1/2011

    " AMAZING! Loved, loved, loved this book and recommend it for everyone - great story of one woman who took $200 and a promise she made her sister and turned it into a worldwide focus on breast cancer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SaraK | 2/26/2011

    " It was really great to read about how the Susan G. Komen organization was founded, especially since I am involved in their Race for the Cure.
    This book is very well written and Nancy is really an inspiration.
    Very touching and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/2/2011

    " Amazing book! A lot of history into breast cancer and how the Komen Foundation came to be. I had a highlighter handy through the entire book and it is pretty marked up with things I will always refer back to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2011

    " Highly recommend this book. If you are familiar with Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, this book is her story and more written by her sister Nancy Brinker. She promised her sister during the last days of Suzy's struggle with breast cancer that she would work to find a cure. Couldn't put it down. "

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