Susan G. Komen West Virginia to Cease Operations

Susan G. Komen West Virginia, which has been proud to serve the women and men throughout the state for the past 17  years, announced today that the local board of directors made the difficult decision to cease operations effective August 31.

Susan G. Komen will be transitioning the state to its national mission and community engagement programs.  West Virginia residents may access treatment, clinical trial navigation, education and other patient support programs through Komen’s national Help Line at 1-877-GO-KOMEN or through  Supporters also can continue to support the breast cancer cause in ways that are meaningful for them through Komen’s national fundraising and advocacy programs.

“On behalf of the local team at Komen West Virginia, we would like to thank the many people who have Raced for the Cure, as well as the many Survivors, volunteers, board and committee members  who have supported our efforts over the years,” said Debbie Townsend, BOD President and Donna DeHart, Executive Director.  “We are extremely proud of the work we have been able to do together to provide breast health education and access to screening and treatment programs to uninsured and underinsured women and men in our state.”

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Komen West Virginia has invested more than 3.2 million dollars in local breast health programs across the state, and contributed more than 1 million dollars to Komen’s national research program.

The local board cited local economic limitations that prevented the local Affiliate from being able to meet the minimum capacity benchmarks required to maintain its affiliation with the national breast cancer non-profit.

Komen’s commitment to the people of West Virginia remains strong. There are many ways to engage with the larger Komen community and to continue to make a difference, whether by participating in a Komen event or raising funds in a way that is meaningful to you through the organization’s Do It Yourself fundraising platform. Learn how to make an impact online at