Komen Chicago has now donated over $16 million to Chicagoland organizations to fund navigation, screening, diagnostics and treatment support.

CHICAGO – Susan G. Komen® – Chicago recently announced its 2015 class of grantees. The total award of over $1 million will be allocated across the 14 recipient organizations. Since its founding, Komen Chicago has awarded over $16 million to breast cancer programs of local organizations in an effort to end breast cancer in the Chicagoland Area.

“These institutions share Komen’s commitment and passion to helping everyone in the Chicagoland Area receive proper detection and care so we can eradicate breast cancer forever,” said Leticia Kees, Director of Community Programs & Partnerships for Susan G. Komen – Chicago. “These organizations play a significant role in their communities and can provide access to resources on a local basis. Komen believes these grassroot programs are a critical part of defeating breast cancer. We look forward to working with the grantees to support their efforts helping as many women as possible across the five-county region.”

The grantees will be on-site at the 2015 Chicago Race for the Cure, which will be held on Sunday, May 10th, at Butler Field in Grant Park. “The Chicago Race for the Cure is our largest fundraising event, and is an incredible way to kick off Mother’s Day,” noted Komen Chicago’s CEO Susan Tybon. “It is an opportunity to not only celebrate the breast cancer survivors in our community, but also to ensure that we can continue fighting this disease with the help of our grantees’ innovative programs.” Registration for the Race is still open at www.komenchicago.org.

The following grant recipients will be recognized during Komen Chicago’s Hope Impact Awards reception, scheduled for October 22, 2015:


Access Community Health Network                              MetroSouth Medical Center

Alexian Brothers Medical Center                                    Mount Sinai Hospital

Erie Family Health Center                                               Presence Saint Francis Hospital

Esperanza Health Centers                                                Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Hektoen Institute on behalf of Stroger Hospital          Swedish Covenant Hospital

Korean American Community Services                          Xilin Association

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force          YWCA of Lake County


About Susan G. Komen® – Chicago

Susan G. Komen® – Chicago was established in 1997 and holds two Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® events annually in Chicago and Lombard, IL. Komen Chicago has awarded over $16 million towards the fight against breast cancer by funding grassroots breast health navigation, breast cancer screening and treatment projects, and approximately $4.5 million towards global research. 75% of net proceeds generated by Komen Chicago stay in the Chicagoland Area, while the remaining 25% supports the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program for research, with many grants at local Chicago institutions. For more information call 773-444-0061 or visit www.komenchicago.org.