History

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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.

About Susan G. Komen – Chicago

Susan G. Komen – Chicago was established in 1997 and held the first Susan G. Komen Chicago Race for the Cure®.  Since our inception, Komen Chicago has awarded over $15 million towards the fight against breast cancer. In 2014, Komen Chicago granted over $1.3 million to 17 local organizations funding lifesaving breast health navigation, breast cancer screening, diagnostics, treatment and treatment support services for uninsured and underinsured women and men in need. In April, 2011, Komen Chicago was awarded the Affiliate of the Year by Susan G. Komen.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of the net proceeds raised by the Affiliate are dedicated to fighting breast cancer locally in the Chicagoland service area. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of net proceeds raised support global research. The generosity and spirit of our corporate sponsors, community partners, individual donors and volunteers enables the Affiliate to save the lives of thousands of individuals in the Chicagoland area and work towards our vision of a world without breast cancer.