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Bright Pink's Lindsay Avner

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09/08/2011

SELF Magazine recently awarded Chicago's own Lindsay Avner as one of the nation's top ''Women Doing Good.''

Lindsay Avner's mother fought both breast and ovarian cancer when Lindsay was 12-years-old and both her grandmother and great-grandmother lost their lives to breast cancer before she was even born.

At just 23-years-old, Lindsay Avner took her life into her own hands and made the decision to have a preventative mastectomy after testing positive for the breast cancer gene. At the time, Lindsay was the youngest patient in the United States to receive the procedure.

Just months after her surgery, Lindsay launched Bright Pink -- an organization created to educate and empower young women who are at high risk of ovarian and breast cancer. Today, Lindsay and Bright Pink are making a difference in the lives of thousands of women who are facing similar situations.

About Bright Pink
Bright Pink is currently the only national organization with an exclusive focus on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in high-risk young women. With ten chapters, nine educational and support programs and more than 50,000 supporters nationwide, Bright Pink continues to experience record growth and is inspiring thousands of women nationwide to be proactive with their health. Under Lindsay's leadership, Bright Pink has raised more than $1.3 million and in 2010, was named the No. 1 Charity in Chicago by Chicago Scene Magazine. Lindsay has spearheaded a national movement and empowered countless young women to be proactive, not reactiveto see themselves as advocates for their health, not victims of a disease.

Do you want to receive a once-a-month text message to remind you to do a self breast exam? Text PINK to 59227 or sign up at www.bebrightpink.org

For more on Bright Pink, visit www.bebrightpink.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brightpink
Twitter: @BeBrightPink

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