History

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate story

In 1991, the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure® has won the region’s heart and became the city’s largest 5K event. The Komen Race is a September tradition in Northeastern Pennsylvania with mothers, daughters, families and men joining together in the fight against breast cancer. Since our inception more than 100,000 participants raced or walked with us helping to raise more than 3.5 million dollars for education, early detection screening, research, and treatment programs. With your help, we’ve been able to provide much needed breast services for medically underserved and uninsured women and men in Northeastern Pennsylvania since the first race began in September 1991. With your support, this year we hope to continue to further our mission to eradicate breast cancer.

 

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she should never have to walk alone. We walk because we can’t walk away.