The Susan G. Komen story
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 $2 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 122 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wants to make a difference.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure Sacramento Valley
The Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was started in 1997 when a group of volunteers came together to host a golf tournament. Through events like the Race for the Cure and Gala for the Cure, we raise dollars for local community-based programs that educate, screen and diagnose women who otherwise could not afford it. Our focus is on making grants for local clinics that treat uninsured and underinsured women. Since it's inception, the Sacramento Valley Affiliate has awarded over $15 million to local organizations.
Out of every dollar raised, 75 cents stays in the 19 counties served by the Sacramento Valley Affiliate. The rest goes towards national breast cancer research. Because of some of the cancer research programs that exist here through the research programs like those at UC Davis, much of that funding also stays local.
We are always looking for new ways to reach the community, boost awareness about breast cancer, and diversify our funding efforts. In 2012 these included:
Where our money goes:
How do we do it?
We operate with the help of the generous people in the Sacramento region.
And it doesn’t stop there...
About our grants
The majority of our money stays right here in the Sacramento Valley, where needs are serious.
We fund grants to projects that educate, support survivors and offer screening/diagnostic services. But we don’t just award them to anyone; we’re looking for not-for-profit organizations that provide innovative breast health and breast cancer services that are not found elsewhere – ones that directly serve the uninsured and under-insured in the Sacramento Valley. The counties we cover are: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba. For more information on applying for a grant, click here.
Want to know more?
Breast health needs have never been greater here in the Sacramento Valley. You can find out more by downloading our 2011 Community Profile Report (PDF).
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has always been a brand to trust, and we are honored that we ranked number one in a recent Harris Interactive poll as the most valued non-profit brand and the charity people are most likely to donate money to. Additionally, Komen for the Cure ranked second on the 2010 list of the nation’s most trusted charities.