Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested almost $2 billion to fulfill our promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries.
Komen's promise is to save lives and end breast cancer foreverby empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Progress in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:
Lexington Affiliate story
Founded in 1996, Susan G. Komen Lexington has invested over two million dollars in Central and Eastern Kentucky--assisting low-income women and men in the battle against breast cancer. Sadly, 17 years later-- the fight has not been won, but significant progress has been made. Komen Lexington will not stop until each citizen in Central, Southern and Eastern Kentucky is breast cancer free! We cover 58 counties in Kentucky with our funding to make sure that men and women get the quality care that they need and deserve. Our mission is to make sure they are taken care of and do not fall through the cracks. Each person deserves care and to know there is someone that cares about them. They need to focus on getting well not on the bills coming in or the bill collector calling. We raise our dollars locally and keep seventy-five percent of our dollar local for community mission work while twenty-five percent goes to bigger mission work to find the cure through ground breaking research.