Former Democrat Senator Paula Julander has been chosen as the honorary chairwoman for the 2007 Race for the Cure event scheduled for May 12. Sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the event features a 5K run/5K walk and a one-mile fun run/walk, followed by a tribute to breast cancer survivors and awards for the 5K run.
Paula served two terms in the Utah House of Representatives and two terms in the Utah Senate. She championed women’s health care issues by sponsoring legislation every session to benefit women and families. Paula served as the president/executive director of the Utah Nurses Association. She is a board member of Intermountain Health Care Hospitals.
Paula has been a nurse for over 40 years. She was born and raised in North Carolina (her Southern drawl still lingers), where she earned her Nursing Diploma in 1960 at the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. In 1984 she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Utah. In 1990, Paula received her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Brigham Young University, where she was valedictorian of the graduating class.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 active volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.