Suzanne Steinberg met Genny Granzo in 1994 and immediately knew they were soul sisters. Their friendship developed quickly, and when Genny was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, Suzanne was by her side every step of the fight. She would cheer her on and be her shoulder to cry on through all of the radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgeries. Within seven months of being diagnosed, Genny passed away at 34. Suzanne’s experience with Genny would become the driving force behind Suzanne’s commitment and dedication to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Suzanne started volunteering with Komen for the Cure in Columbus, Ohio and after moving to Denver, Colorado, continued her involvement with the Komen Denver Metropolitan Affiliate. After serving as the Komen Denver Race for the Cure® operations chair for five years, Suzanne was asked to serve as the 2004 Race for the Cure co-chair and the 2005 Race for the Cure chair.
According to Suzanne, she had one primary goal for the 2005 Race for the Cure: “I wanted to make this year’s Race the most financially successful ever for the Komen Denver Metropolitan Affiliate. Knowing that raising additional funds would assist in discovering a cure for breast cancer motivated me.” Suzanne’s enthusiasm, commitment and leadership helped make the 2005 Denver Racethe most successful in the Affiliate’s history.
As a result of Suzanne’s leadership, pledge dollars doubled from $500,000 in 2004 to $1 millionin 2005. Suzanne was also committed to keeping a very close eye on expenses, which resulted in expenses totaling less than 15 percent of the overall budget. Not only did this year’s Racehave more than 63,580 participants, it also raised $1 millionmore than last year’s Race.
Suzanne is driven by Genny’s spirit and memories of their friendship. Suzanne says, “I know that Genny was cheering me on every step of the way this year and looked down on the Survivors’ Ceremony with tears in her eyes.” Suzanne’s husband Erik comments, “My sons Elliot and Miles and I are incredibly proud of her accomplishments this year. This year will live in our memories and will be remembered by the Komen Denver Metropolitan Affiliate for a very long time.”