new book, Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer, reviewed in The Washington Post this morning. Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, recalls the words of her mother: "When you see someone in need, you give. When you see something wrong, you fix it."
Susan G. Komen died of breast cancer in 1980, still in her 30s. Ever since, her sister, Nancy Brinker, has been a dynamo on behalf of fighting breast cancer. Not just paying for its treatment, but seeking to fix it. That is, seeking a cure.
The Hebrew words tikkun olam don't mean provide care for the world, they means heal the world.