Barbara Brenner, leader of the group Breast Cancer Action, died on May 10 at her home in San Francisco of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, reports The New York Times. She was 61.
Ms. Brenner, a lawyer who focused on civil-rights cases, became Breast Cancer Action’s first executive director in 1995 and led the group until illness forced her retirement in 2010. She decried what she called the “pinkwashing” of America, referring to the use of pink-ribbon product labels carrying the claim that profits would support cancer causes. At the helm of her 50,000-member group, she called for more research into the causes of breast cancer, such as environmental pollutants.