SAN DIEGO – Jan. 17, 2017 – Susan G. Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support, announced today President & CEO Laura Farmer Sherman will retire on Dec. 31, 2017 after a decade-long commitment to the organization and the fight to provide access to breast health care for all San Diegans.
“We want to thank Laura for the 10 years of remarkable leadership she has provided to Komen San Diego,” said Irene Oberbauer, board chair. “Under her nurturing guidance, the organization has raised more than $15 million for local organizations providing everything from breakthrough research funding, and free mammograms and diagnostic services, to financial help, meal delivery, transportation and more to cover every step of the breast cancer treatment journey for uninsured and underinsured people in San Diego. Because of Laura’s many achievements, replacing her will not be an easy feat.”
Komen San Diego’s Board of Directors have begun a nationwide recruitment with the goal to have a successor in place by Sept. 1, 2017 so Laura can help ensure an orderly transition until her last day on Dec. 31, 2017. If needed, she will stay on in an advisory role thereafter.
Laura’s story is not unlike many of the women she has been committed to during her tenure at Komen San Diego. For over two decades, Laura was a corporate communications executive at a major corporation in San Diego. She had a very comfortable salary and had good health insurance, but always felt she was too busy to get to the doctor’s office and regularly missed her annual checkups including her mammograms. In 2003, she found a lump in her left breast and discovered she had Stage III Triple Negative breast cancer. The doctors gave her six months to live. Laura defied the odds and was in remission for 13 years. She began volunteering for Komen San Diego in 2004, one year after she was diagnosed. In 2007, she joined the organization as director of community relations and grants, and in 2009 following an extensive search, she was named president & CEO.
“Komen San Diego has had the most impact in saving lives right here in San Diego; and my passion for the mission will continue until my last breath,” said Laura Farmer Sherman. “My proudest accomplishments have been the bringing a variety of community partners together to help fund lifesaving research as well as help the women and men in our County who rely on Komen San Diego’s free breast cancer services and support for every step of their breast cancer journey.”
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