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. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more that $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide.
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 122 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
The Northeast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®, or Komen Northeast Ohio, is part of Susan G. Komen®, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Our Mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Komen Northeast Ohio serves 22 counties in Northeast Ohio by funding breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment and survivor support programs. Seventy-five percent of the funds received remain here in Northeast and the remaining 25 percent helps fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and ultimately its cures. Since 1994, Komen Northeast Ohio has provided more than $13 million in grants to 50 local organizations and more than $5 million to the Komen National Research Grants program.
In March 2010, Komen Northeast Ohio was honored as the “Affiliate of the Year” by the national organization in recognition of the effective stewardship of donor funds and impact in the community.
Each year the Komen Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. 2014 marks the 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Cleveland Race for the Cure and the 3rd Susan G. Komen Akron Race for the Cure.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.