Lindsay Avner is the founder and executive director of Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Vowing not to let the disease strike her as it had three generations of women before her, Lindsay opted to have a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy shortly after graduating from college. At the time, Lindsay was the youngest patient nationally to opt for the procedure.
It was during her experience that Lindsay realized the lack of resources for women in her specific situation – young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. After honing her marketing skills while working in brand management at Unilever, Lindsay founded Bright Pink in January 2007 to share her experience and resources with other young women across the country.