In 2013, Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City turned 20! A lot has happened in the last two decades. After our first Race for the Cure® in Corporate Woods in July of 1994, Komen KC presented its first grants in February 1995. $42,000 was given to Truman Medical Center and $42,000 was given to The University of Kansas Hospital. In 2014 our grants reached nearly $700,000. That means even more help for medically vulnerable women, men and their families in our 17 county service area. During these challenging times, that has a real impact.
This remarkable growth would not be possible without you!
Since our inception, Komen Kansas City has invested more than $10 Million in local community breast health programs and education as well as more than $3 Million to the most promising breast cancer research programs. During this time more than $6.5 Million in research grants have come back to our service area, including a $4.5 Million Promise Grant to Dr. Carol Fabian and $955,000 in grants to Dr. Danny Welch both at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
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. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
That promise is now Susan G. Komen®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement. 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. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re 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 the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, 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.