Margie McNally Petersen lost her battle to breast cancer at 76 this past Friday. Petersen was a philanthropist who actively promoted breast cancer awareness
along with pink ribbon
activities that boosted donations, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
Petersen, who was also a model and actress in television commericals, spearheaded a number of charitable events including work with the Music Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild and Childhelp U.S.A. Not to mention, she helped to raise millions for women's cancer research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, according to the news source.
Petersen, who also co-founded the Petersen Automotive Museum, was the wife of publishing magnate Robert Petersen, who also died of cancer in 2007, the media outlet reports.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is recommended that women start to receive annual mammograms once they turn 40. Those who have an extensive family history of the disease may want to start to make these appointments earlier, as this is a known risk factor of breast cancer.