INTRODUCING SUSAN G. KOMEN® GREATER CENTRAL AND EAST TEXAS


Komen Austin joins forces with East Central Texas to make bigger impact in local breast cancer fight

(AUSTIN, TX) – January 3, 2019 – Representatives with Susan G. Komen® Austin announced today it will expand operations across the state by joining forces with Komen East Central Texas, continuing their promise to increase access to breast health care.

The new consolidated nonprofit organization will operate as Susan G. Komen® Greater Central and East Texas, becoming the second largest Komen affiliate in the state, serving residents in 58 counties including Anderson, Angelina, Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Camp, Cherokee, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Gregg, Hamilton, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Jasper, Kaufman, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Madison, Marion, Mason, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Panola, Rains, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Saba, Shelby, Smith, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Washington, Williamson, Wood and Van Zandt.

With this change, Komen® Greater Central and East Texas will be able to increase its ability to provide important breast health education, breast cancer screening and survivor support programs to women and men who are most at risk and most in need.  The organization will maintain existing offices in Austin, Waco and Tyler and will continue to host local events.

Suzanne Stone, Executive Director of Komen® Austin, will serve as Executive Director of Komen® Greater Central and East Texas.

“The women and men we serve will continue to be at the forefront of our efforts,” said Ms. Stone.  “By joining forces while maintaining local offices, outreach and events, we will increase our mission impact on the fight against breast cancer.  Over time, breast cancer screening rates in the expanded service area will increase exponentially.  Ultimately, the expansion allows us to continue delivering on our promise—to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.”

The board of directors for Komen® Greater Central and East Texas will have representation from both the Austin and East Central Texas affiliates.

“Blending the two organizations increases our reach and flexibility to create operational efficiencies while driving additional revenue,” said Scott O’ Brien, president of Komen® Greater Central and East Texas board of directors (former president, Komen® Austin board).  “This expansion also allows us to provide corporate partners with enhanced marketing opportunities that will fund and support additional community programs.”

 

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen® Greater Central and East Texas

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.  Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.  Komen® Greater Central and East Texas is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community.  Through events like Race for the Cure®, Komen® Greater Central and East Texas has invested $12 million in community breast health programs in Central and East Texas and has helped contribute to the more than $988 million invested globally in researchFor more information, call 512-473-0900 or visit www.komengreatercetx.org