The Art of Surviving Breast Cancer

October 22, 2014 2:27 PM

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The Art of Surviving Breast Cancer

Marion Behr (née Rosenfeld) admits she's happiest while making art. She won her first national art competition in 1946, at age seven. Since then, her work has been collected by numerous prestigious institutions, including The Smithsonian. She coined the term "home-based business," founded a publishing house and co-authored Women Working Home: The Homebased Business Guide and Directory (1982). She appeared on talk shows and represented female entrepreneurs before Congress and the Labor Department. President Ronald Reagan appointed her Personal Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. In 1992, she and her husband patented the first sustainable, acid-free graphic etching process, a green breakthrough, which won the Charles A. Lindbergh Grant in Arts and Humanities.

Clearly, Marion is paragon of excellence and versatility -- but even the laurels of Olympia can't soften the blow of a cancer diagnosis. Nothing can. Marion would discover that the art of surviving breast cancer requires creativity, compassion and community; gifts she knows how to leverage.

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