Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.
Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 117 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
Nancy G. Brinker started Susan G. Komen® in 1982 in Dallas, Texas in honor of a promise she made to her sister Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network of survivors and activists working to end breast cancer forever. Komen for the Cure is 120 Affiliates strong, located in cities and communities across the U.S., Germany, Italy and Puerto Rico.
More than 100,000 survivors and activists of Susan G. Komen® are the face and voice of the global breast cancer movement-local activists and global citizens who mobilize millions through events like Komen Race for the Cure Series, the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®
Through programs like the Komen Race for the Cure Series and other fundraising and awareness events, Komen Affiliates raise tens of millions of dollars each year to help achieve the organization’s promise: To save lives and end breast cancer forever. Each year, seventy-five percent of proceeds are awarded through a grant process to local non-profit organizations. Each grantee conducts a program that offers breast cancer education, screening or treatment to residents of Fresno County. The remaining twenty-five percent is directed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Grant Program to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research on a national and international level.
Serving Fresno County Since 1999
Breast cancer survivor, Carolyn Montez Jorgensen read about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in a running magazine. Dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer, Carolyn and passionate volunteers hosted the first Komen Central Valley Race for the Cure in 1999. Shortly thereafter, the Affiliate was incorporated. Since its inception in 1999, over $3 million has been invested in community-based programs for education, screening and treatment. Nearly $1 million has supported the Susan G. Komen National Grant Program for breast cancer research. Learn more about Carolyn