History

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.

SUSAN G. KOMEN GREATER PENNSYLVANIA

At the Susan G. Komen offices of Pittsburgh and Northeastern Pennsylvania, we have been very busy with day-to-day community work, supporting our survivors and helping women (and men) find breast cancer early when the chances for survival are highest.  As we have collaborated with each other over the years, we have noticed that we all do many of the same things on a daily basis. This made us wonder; could we do more together?

We are excited to announce that the Komen Affiliates of Pittsburgh and Northeastern Pennsylvania have joined forces to make a bigger impact in the fight against breast cancer! Working together enables us to strengthen our operations and increase our impact on breast cancer and breast health. We will become even more efficient with our administration and drive more resources to fulfilling our mission. We have taken measures to ensure that this operational consolidation does not change what matters most: working steadfastly to further our promise to end breast cancer forever.

  • The Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure will continue to be held each Mother’s Day, just as the Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania Race for the Cure will continue to be held each fall. 
  • Donations raised in Pittsburgh and NEPA will still fund breast health programs and research.
  • Komen staff in Pittsburgh and NEPA are committed to providing excellent service throughout 53 counties in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

PITTSBURGH

The first Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure®, held in 1993, was organized by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) volunteers Laurie Moser, Eileen Lane and Pat Siger. The Pittsburgh Race was locally organized by NCJW from 1993 to 2005. It has become an annual Mother’s Day tradition for thousands of residents from the tri-state area. The National Council of Jewish Women continued to organize the race as one of many programs they sponsor until 2005 when Pittsburgh became an Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

What began with a goal of attracting 1,000 participants in its first year has grown into an event to celebrate and remember special women in the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals. As we continue to meet the changing needs of the community we serve, our PROMISE remains same: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures.  Each year, Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh is the recipient of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. These contributors invest their money and their faith in us, trusting that we will allocate their generous gifts as grants to the organizations and programs that best serve our community.

In addition to the millions of dollars in funding for the Mammogram Voucher Program and education and outreach programs throughout the counties we serve, race funds have been used to purchase portable mammography equipment, fund fellowships in women’s imaging, and fund scholarships for technicians administering mammograms. Additionally, the Affiliate funds programs to reach out to underserved populations.

 

NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

In 1991, the Komen NEPA Race for the Cure won the region’s heart and became the city’s largest 5K event. The Komen NEPA Race is a September tradition in Northeastern Pennsylvania with mothers, daughters, families and men joining together in the fight against breast cancer. Since our inception more than 100,000 participants raced or walked with us, helping to raise more than $3.5 million dollars for education, early detection screening, research, and treatment programs. With your help, we’ve been able to provide much needed breast services for medically underserved and uninsured women and men in Northeastern Pennsylvania since the first race began in September 1991.

Each Susan G. Komen Affiliate began with a few caring people and has grown into a community of generosity, strength, determination, and passion for the cause. Please help us as we look toward a bright future in which we strive to expand our pink footprint in Greater Pennsylvania by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

 

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer,

she should never have to walk alone.

We walk because we can’t walk away.