Rose Kushner (1929-1990)
An author, journalist, breast cancer expert, and patient advocate, Rose (Rehert) Kushner was born in Baltimore in 1929. She worked as a technical writer and editor and was a correspondent covering the Vietnam War for the Baltimore Sun in 1967. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1974 and went on to found and direct the Breast Cancer Advisory Center in Kensington, Md. A consultant and speaker on breast cancer, Kushner was the author of Why Me? What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer to Save Her Life (1977); a revised version, Alternatives, was published in 1984. She was also the author of numerous articles and fact sheets. She was a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board (1980-1986), served on many of its task forces, and was a founder of the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations. Her trip to China (1984) drew attention to the increase of breast cancer there. Kushner died of breast cancer in 1990.