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René Syler

Big Rene Syler photoAuthor, TV Personality, Breast Cancer Educator, Komen Ambassador Circle of Promise Co-Chair

René Syler became an official Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Ambassador in January 2007 after years of volunteering for the organization and supporting various events as an emcee, activist and educator. Since January, René has traveled the country attending Komen Community Challenge events and the 2007 Komen National Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. This October, Syler will don her pink as the Chief "Passionista" for Komen for the Cure's Passionately Pink for the Cure Celebrity Board. Komen's highly successful Passionately Pink for the Cure program engages millions in October who choose a day to wear pink, fundraise for Komen and spread life-saving messages of early detection.

Syler, former co-anchor of CBS News' The Early Show, interviewed countless leaders and celebrities, including Laura Bush and Senator John McCain.

René has personal experience with breast cancer. Both her mother and father are breast cancer survivors. After numerous false alarms, she made a difficult and courageous decision. In early January of this year, René underwent a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (the removal of both breasts) to help reduce her risk. Today, she is completely healthy and living life to the fullest. In addition to being a wife, mother, business woman and tireless breast cancer activist, Syler is the author of "Good Enough Mother," published in March 2007.

Syler is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and is a recipient of the 2004 Gracie Allen Award for Individual Achievement in the National Best Anchor category for her breast cancer series. Syler is married to Buff Parham, and has two children.

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