René Syler, former co-anchor of CBS News’ The Early Show, joined Susan G. Komen as an Ambassador in January 2007, after years of volunteering for the organization and supporting various events as emcee, activist and educator.
Since January 2007, René has traveled the country attending Komen Community Challenge events and the 2007 Komen National Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. In October 2007, René wore her pink as the Chief “Passionista” for the Passionately Pink for the Cure® Celebrity Board.
Susan G. Komen’s highly successful Passionately Pink for the Cure program engages millions in October who chose a day to wear pink, fundraise for Komen and spread life-saving messages of early detection. As the former co-anchor of The Early Show, René interviewed countless leaders and celebrities, including First Lady Laura Bush and Senator John McCain.
In early January 2007, René underwent a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, the removal of both breasts. 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, René is the author of Good Enough Mother, published in March 2007.
René 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. She is married to Buff Parham, and has two children.