History & Impact

Susan G. Komen

Our vision is a world without breast cancer.

Our 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.

Suzy_Nancy_Arm_Draped_RGB_JPGNancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen has invested more than $2.5 billion to fulfill our promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the
world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries.

Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of more than 120 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 nearly $15 million in grants to 50 local organizations and more than $5 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 2015, Komen Northeast Ohio will host the Akron Race for the Cure on Sunday, August 2 and the Cleveland Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 12.