Komen 'Honoring the Promise' and Sen. Ted Kennedy
The Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Gala got the Kennedy Center pulsing pink Sept. 20 as it honored Victoria Reggie Kennedy, who accepted the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously for her husband, Sen. Ted Kennedy, a lifelong proponent of universal health care for cancer victims. (Kennedy died of brain cancer in 2009. His son, Ted Jr., had his leg amputated as a 12-year-old from bone cancer. His daughter, Kara, died of a heart attack two years ago and fought lung cancer.) Notables included Sen. Patrick Leahy, Rep. John Dingell, Rep. Aaron Schock, Ray LaHood as well as Susan Ford Bales, Olympian Dorothy Hamill, Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan, actress Fran Dresher and Susan G. Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker. Entertainment included Kool & The Gang.