Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 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.
Komen Central and Western Oklahoma
From its inception in 1994, Komen Central Oklahoma fought breast cancer in central Oklahoma, fundrasing and granting in Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma, Payne, and Pottawatomie counties. In the fall of 2010, they were approved to expand their service area adding Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Ellis, Woods, Woodward, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Cotton, Caddo, Blaine, Major, Alfalfa, Grant, Garfield, Kay, Noble, Seminole, Stephens, Garvin, Pontotoc, Murray, Jefferson, Carter, Johnston, Love and Marshall counties. With the added counties, the affiliate became Komen Central and Western Oklahoma. Since 1994, Komen Central and Western Oklahoma has granted over $10 million to local hospitals and organizations equipped to provide innovative outreach and awarness programs, as well as direct medical services, including clinical breast exams and mammograms, and to research on an international level.