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 for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. 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 121 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
West Virginia Affiliate story
The West Virginia Affiliate is part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Since 2001, West Virginia Susan G. Komen has provided over 2 million in funding throughout the state to including but not limited to: breast cancer screening and treatment to underinsured and uninsured men and women in West Virginia, breast cancer outreach and educational activities, collaborating with community partners to conduct breast cancer outreach and educational activities and developing a clinical trials provider education campaign and/or providing patient support for participation in breast cancer clinical trials.
Through events like the Race for the Ribbon, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure, the West Virginia Affiliate is investing more than $220,000 in community breast cancer programs across the state from 2015-2016.
The 2016 West Virginia Race for the Cure will be held in Charleston on May 7, 2016. For more information, please call 304-556-4808 or visit www.komenwv.org
West Virginia presents many geographic and economic challenges in the fight against breast cancer. We hope to be a major part of eradicating it from this earth. Through education, screening, treatment and research we can do just that!