Val Skinner Foundation

2009 Heroes

2009 Heroes

Bridget Mooney

While a senior at Boston College University, Mooney discovered a lump in her left breast. During her annual health exam a nurse practitioner assured her that, without a family history and at her age, she had nothing to worry about. Six months later and one week after graduating with her international relations degree, Mooney sought a second opinion and was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer that had already metastasized to her liver. She was twenty-one years old and was given a 16 percent chance of celebrating her 30th birthday. Since then, Mooney has undergone continual aggressive chemotherapy and a lumpectomy. During this time she began as a volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, initially stuffing envelopes to get out of the house and to date has raised millions for the cause. She is a speaker at colleges and universities across the U.S. and has been featured in Teen Vogue and on She serves on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s National Young Women’s Advisory Council a group created in part to focus on the Young Women’s Initiative, originated and driven by the Val Skinner Foundation and LIFE.

Gabrielle Union

In 2007, one of television and film star Gabrielle Union’s closest girlfriends was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. In support of her friend, Union began actively fundraising for the cause and found a passion for helping make sure others battling the disease had access to health care, support groups, counseling and whatever they needed. Aware of her passion, Susan G. Komen for the Cure invited Union to be an ambassador for the organization’s Circle of Promise program. A talented television and film actress, Union has garnered an impressive resume since her television debut in 1981. Her list of television shows includes roles on “City of Angels” and “Night Stalker,” recurring roles on shows such as “Sister, Sister” and “7th Heaven” and guest starring roles on shows including “ER,” “Ugly Betty.” She was also seen in HBO’s award-winning “Something the Lord Made.” She most recently starred in the NBC drama “LIFE.”

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