At the June 29 Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure, Claire Steen of Brainerd was announced as the 2013 recipient of the Ginger Brauer Award.
This breast cancer support award was first given to Ginger Brauer in 2000. Brauer lost her battle with breast cancer in 2001 and since then, the award has been named in her honor.
Like Brauer, Steen, exemplifies the selfless giving of time and energy in support of local breast cancer activities. Steen has been an integral part of breast health awareness in the Brainerd lakes area for many years. As a teacher, she knows the importance of education and has been the chair of the Education Committee of Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes for several years.
In this role, she sets up educational opportunities at health fairs, women’s expos and community events, spreading awareness about early detection and services available. She leads the “I Am the Cure” portion of the Race for the Cure and can be seen waving her pompoms and leading her “Cure Leaders.” As a board member of the former Brainerd Lakes Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, she ensured grant money was appropriated back into the community making the best use of funds raised.
Steen is a breast cancer survivor who has turned her experience and journey into a passion of helping others fighting the disease and work toward a cure. She is a volunteer member of the Brainerd Lakes Race Committee, always willing to lend a hand, make a treat, share a hug and ensure that Susan G. Komen remains the face of breast cancer in the Brainerd lakes area, Komen officials said.