Annie’s Story: Three-time Cancer Survivor to Keynote Pink Promise Conference in March


Annie Parker was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1951. When she was only 14 years old, she lost her mother to cancer. Twelve years later, her beloved sister, Joan, also died from the same disease.

Annie’s doctors told her it was “just bad luck”. She didn’t believe them. Annie became convinced that there had to be a genetic link for certain types of cancer. This belief also meant that she was convinced that she, too, would get cancer.

She did. In 1980, she developed breast cancer, had a mastectomy and survived. Her marriage didn’t.

Annie went on to survive two more cancers. Her life story was the inspiration for the 2013 film Decoding Annie Parker, and she is now an advocate for cancer care and genetic testing.

In 1988, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. She had a hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, followed by chemotherapy. She survived.


The doctors still wouldn’t confirm that cancer could be hereditary and that there could be a genetic link for certain types of cancer.

Meanwhile, Dr Mary-Claire King, a geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, was researching the genetic roots of the disease, and discovered the gene that is responsible for many breast and ovarian cancers: BRCA1. Her discovery was revolutionary, and we now know that as many as 5 to 10% of all breast cancers may be hereditary.

In 1994, Annie Parker became one of the first women in Canada to be tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation. Her results were positive for the deadly gene.

Annie developed cancer again in 2006 and underwent another operation, followed by more chemotherapy. She survived.

Annie’s story, and that of Dr Mary-Claire King, inspired Hollywood film-maker Steve Bernstein to write and direct Decoding Annie Parker, a multi-award-winning film starring Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul.

Annie is writing her inspirational autobiography, to be published in 2014. “I knew there was a reason I survived, and I hope my story will be a beacon of hope for cancer victims and their families around the world.”

Join us at the 2017 Pink Promise Conference & Luncheon to hear more of Annie’s story and to celebrate with the breast cancer community: 03.25 at the OP Convention Center.


Pink Promise Conference is Coming to KC on March 25 – Register Today!


Join the breast cancer community as we learn together,
educate ourselves and get inspired to do more at the
2017 Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City
Pink Promise ConferenceMarch 25 | Overland Park Convention Center

730A – Registration Opens | 830A – Conference Sessions Begin
1130A – Luncheon, Awards & Keynote

The Pink Promise Conference (formerly the Pink Promise Brunch) will offer participants a chance to learn from local, regional and national experts on a variety of breast cancer issues including:

BRCA & Beyond | Building your Cancer Crew
Health & Nutrition Before, During and After Breast Cancer

Assessing Your Personal Risk of Breast Cancer
I’m Done with Treatment – What’s Next?
Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer Research

Following our morning sessions we’ll gather for lunch, our breast cancer community award ceremony and hear from our keynote speaker Annie Parker, three time cancer survivor, author of the book and inspiration of the film Decoding Annie Parker.

Our retail therapy vendors will also be on hand after our conference sessions and our traditional auction is shaping up to be one of our biggest. You can find them both in the foyer outside of the Grand Ballroom. Proceeds from our vendors and our auction benefit
your Susan G. Komen affiliate.


Our Pink Promise Conference is generously supported by:

Blue Cross Blue Shield KC | Diagnostic Imaging Centers | Myriad Genetics

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