In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen®organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer.
It’s the Komen Affiliate Network that has enabled the organization to expand its reach and impact throughout the U.S. and abroad. More than 110 affiliates across the U.S. and 3 internationally based affiliates each operate as independent 501c3 organizations working every day to address the breast health needs of their communities. Together, the Komen affiliate network has invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries. Our efforts have helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 34 percent since 1990; and has helped improve five-year survival rates for early stage cancers from 74 to 99 percent. And we won’t stop until our promise is fulfilled.
Learn more about the impact Komen Austin has had on the Greater Austin area since our inception in 1999 on our About Us page.
Nancy G. Brinker started Susan G. Komen in memory of her sister. The organization is based on a promise between two sisters to save lives and end breast cancer forever. There are over 100 local affiliates of Susan G. Komen that are operating as independent 501c3 organizations powering the promise the organization was founded on. Click here for a list of Komen affiliates.