New State Executive Director

My name is Suzanne Corson and I am thrilled to announce that I have been appointed State Executive Director of Susan G. Komen, serving Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and New Jersey. I began my tenure with Susan G. Komen in February, 2012 and have spent the last nine years working on the Race for the Cure and MORE THAN PINK Walk events, golf outings, galas and luncheons and meeting generous supporters, like you, at volunteer and community events and through our mission outreach. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I am honored to take on this new level of leadership.

As you know, earlier this year Susan G. Komen announced that we are transforming our operations and mission delivery approach in order to operate more efficiently and effectively for the women and men we serve. The evolution is allowing our organization to meet current needs with modern means, focusing on three key mission drivers:

  • Innovative breakthrough research, leveraging technology and Big Data to accelerate discoveries to find the cures and save lives.
  • Direct patient support, transforming the patient engagement and care experience, breaking down barriers through our Komen National Helpline, a universally accessible Treatment Assistance Program and developing a Komen-certified, technology-driven Patient Navigation program. We will work with key stakeholders in our local communities to deliver direct patient services and achieve health equity through partnerships, collaboration and systems change.
  • Advocacy, harnessing the power of our grassroots supporters to ensure wide-ranging patient rights to life-saving cancer care and continued investment in transformational research.

Each year, we come together to show our commitment to the fight against breast cancer. In both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the first Sunday in May has been that day for decades. It’s such a meaningful day because we come together, as a group, to honor survivors, their struggles and their successes, to acknowledge how this disease has touched the lives of so many individuals, and to celebrate how far we’ve come.

Suzanne with Komen Scholar, Dr. Yibin Kang

The global pandemic did not allow for us to celebrate together on Mother’s Day in 2020. While we’re not ready to be together again just yet, we’ve found a different way to host our beloved event this year.

On Sunday, May 9, we will host the Susan G. Komen Pennsylvania Virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk. We’re asking you to register, start a team, fundraise and Walk Where You Are this Mother’s Day. We need you this year. Our goal is to raise $1M, which will make an impact on those fighting breast cancer, surviving breast cancer, researching new treatments and advocating for those who need a voice.

I want to hear from you! Why have you made a commitment to Komen and our goal, a world without breast cancer? Please reach out to me by email, scorson@komen.org, or phone, (732) 847-2839.