Brookline's Enid Shapiro, social worker and long-time advocate for breast cancer prevention, to be honored on October 20th at Silent Spring Institute’s annual gala on breast cancer prevention research

September 28, 2015

NEWTON, Mass. September 28, 2015 — Enid Shapiro of Brookline, Mass., a social worker, community leader, and long-time advocate of prevention research, is being honored this year with Silent Spring Institute's Rachel Carson Advocacy Award for her contributions to breast cancer prevention. The award will be presented to her at the institute’s annual gala on October 20th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.

Ms. Shapiro has been a friend of Silent Spring Institute since its founding more than 20 years ago. After her own diagnosis of breast cancer, she became a staunch believer in the need for prevention research. “Almost everyone is aware that I have been struggling with breast cancer for more than two decades,” says Shapiro. “Silent Spring has been the leader in investigating the link between the environment and human health. That’s why I have supported its leadership in prevention research.”

For more than 50 years, Shapiro has dedicated herself to serving others as a social worker at Beth Israel Hospital, Jewish Family & Children's Service, and her own private practice. She is an active member of Temple Sinai in Brookline, where she chairs the Rainbow Committee, and is involved with many organizations, including Keshet and The Right Question Institute.

Dr. John K. Erban of Wakefield, Mass., clinical director of Tufts Cancer, will also be honored with this year’s Rachel Carson Advocacy Award. The dinner program will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee whose book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," was recently turned into a documentary series that aired on PBS in March, 2015. Silent Spring's Executive Director and Senior Scientist Julia Brody will give an update on the organization's innovative research, specifically its development of new ultra-fast chemical screening technologies to speed up the identification of toxic chemicals in our everyday environment.

Founded in 1994 and located in Newton, Mass., Silent Spring Institute ( is the leading scientific research organization dedicated to understanding the link between chemicals in our everyday environments and women's health, especially breast cancer. Silent Spring’s groundbreaking studies produce new knowledge about the health risks associated with toxic chemicals where we live and work—an area of study largely ignored in breast cancer research. The institute is also developing new tools and methods to help reduce people’s everyday exposure to toxic chemicals.

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