Honoree: Nina Rattner
Honored by: Susan G. Komen Orange County
Cause Area: Healthcare
Nina has been volunteering with Komen OC since the fall of 1992. She formed a team and participated in the Race for the Cure. Then she educated herself about breast health and started to conduct community outreach activities, connecting with hundreds of people. Nina joined our Speaker’s Bureau and has been a sought-after speaker, providing countless breast health presentations to the community. She often went above and beyond in her efforts to reach people with our important health message. She was once challenged when she gave a presentation to a church group who did not feel comfortable with her using the word breast or nipple, so without hesitation Nina referred to the breast as “the protrusion that comes off your chest wall.” Fortunately times have changed, and this change has come largely due to the passion and determination of volunteers like Nina who have been out in the community, pounding the pavement for so many years, raising breast cancer awareness and keeping this disease in the spotlight. Nina has been very involved with the Race Leadership Committee. She has been a past Chair and Co-Chair of the VIP Race Sponsor Reception and VIP Area on Race day for many years. In 2004 she transitioned over to Co-chairing, Chairing and spending hundreds of hours helping with the Race Survivor Tribute. Nina stood down as Race Chair after the 2014 Race but continues to serve on the Tribute Committee today. Nina served on the 2008 Pink Tie Ball Committee and has volunteered at many other Komen and third party events such as the Lina Shore Golf Tournament in Palm Springs, the Survivors Luncheon and the Komen Breast Cancer Art Exhibition – Memories, Milestones and Miracles – that was held at the Bowers Museum. Nina was recognized by BMW for her volunteerism, received the Promise of One Award in 2012 and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award in 2013. Nina’s passion, energy and compassion can be felt by all of us who have had the pleasure of interacting with her. In 2016 we honored Nina with a Komen Warrior Award.