Our History

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. That promise launched the global breast cancer movement.

Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. In the more than 30 years since, Komen® has grown from a “shoebox full of names” to the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. Susan G. Komen has invested $2.6 billion to fulfill our promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Today, Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer.

Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 101 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.