Remarks at the 7th Annual Nancy Brinker Prize Award Ceremony

Chargé Kostelancik with breath cancer activists

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Kostelancik
at the 7th Annual Nancy Brinker Prize Award Ceremony

October 29, 2016


Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: It is an honor to be here for this very important occasion.  I am delighted to present the 7th annual Nancy Brinker Prize to Dr. Róbert Maráz on behalf of Ambassador Bell.

As Ambassador Bell shared in her message, we commend Dr. Maráz for the work he has done to promote the use of innovative technology in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.  His open and inclusive approach is the kind of leadership that will make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

The recipient of Brinker award will receive a paid trip to the 39th annual breast cancer symposium in San Antonio, Texas on December 6-10, 2016.  The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is designed to provide the latest information on the experimental biology, etymology, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of breast cancer and premalignant breast disease, to an international audience of academic and private physicians and researchers.

I would like to express my gratitude to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Susan G. Komen for the Cure for organizing today’s discussion and for their continued support of the Nancy Brinker Prize.  In particular, I would like to thank the Program Manager of the JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program in Hungary, Ms. Marianna Jó, and the Deputy Director of the JDC in Hungary, Ms. Taly Shaul, for their invitation and their continuous effort to make the fight against breast cancer a success.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the Bridge of Health Alliance, and its dedicated members, the Hungarian League Against Cancer, the BreastCancerInfo Association, Primavera Foundation, Pink Bolero, Fagyöngy, and all the others who work hard all year long, in Budapest, in Salgótarján, Pécs and elsewhere, to prevent breast cancer and help its victims.

Dr. Róbert Maráz, congratulations on your well-deserved award.  We look forward to hearing about your experience at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, and wish you continued success in the future.