Honoree: Jeannette Morrow
Honored by: Susan G. Komen Orange County
Cause Area: Healthcare
Jeannette Morrow started volunteering with us in 1993 shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She started by serving as one of the key organizers of the Race Survivor’s Tea, and continued to work on this event as it developed into the annual Survivor Luncheon. She is on our Survivor Advisory Committee and has consistently helped organize our Komen Educational Series to educate the public about breast health issues. Jeannette has served as a Grants Reviewer at both local and national levels. She was selected to serve as a Komen OC representative on Advocates in Science, a group of breast cancer survivors trained in policy, advocacy and leadership to help steer Komen’s strategic planning regarding breast cancer research funding. In 2011 and 2012 she represented Komen OC at the National Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco as an Advocate in Science member. Over the past 22 years Jeannette has served on our Race for the Cure Survivor Tribute Committee. She was chairperson for 1 year in the 90’s and later served as co-chair with Nina Rattner and me for 3 years. In 2015 she co-chaired the Tribute with Donna Hartman and will again in 2016. Her special passion has been the releasing of the doves and she has taken a lead role in this moving part of the Tribute each year, even co-sponsoring the dove release for several years. She has convened and attended Survivor Tribute Committee meetings and also served on the Race Leadership Committee. In addition to all this, Jeanette has represented our organization at countless speaking engagements and events. She is an active member of several support groups where she shares the knowledge that she has gained over the years. As a patient advocate she inspires those who are newly diagnosed. Behind the scenes she has provided emotional support and advice to hundreds of people impacted by breast cancer and I have witnessed how she’s been a great source of hope and comfort to many. She was our Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor in 2006 and in 2016 we honored Jeannette as a Komen Warrior.