History & Impact

Susan G. Komen

Our vision: A world without breast cancer.

Our mission: Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Our goal: Within the next decade, reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the US by 50%.

Click here for more information on Komen’s Big Bold Goal or download this information pamphlet.

Suzy_Nancy_Arm_Draped_RGB_JPGSusan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 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. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 100 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference. Learn more about how Susan G. Komen is impacting the nation and the world.

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio, is part of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

Komen Northeast Ohio serves 22 counties in Northeast Ohio by funding breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment and survivor support programs. Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised remain in Northeast Ohio and the remaining 25 percent helps fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and ultimately its cures. Since 1994, Komen Northeast Ohio has provided more than $15 million in grants to 50 local organizations and more than $5.7 million to the Komen National Research Grants program.

In 2010, Komen Northeast Ohio was honored as the “Affiliate of the Year” by the national organization in recognition of the effective stewardship of donor funds and impact in the community.

Each year the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. In 2016, Komen Northeast Ohio hosted the Akron Race for the Cure on Saturday, July 23 and the Cleveland Race for the Cure on Saturday, August 27. More than 4,000 Northeast Ohioans raised nearly $200,000 at these events.