History

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. 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. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

Northwest Ohio’s first Race for the Cure was held in 1994 with 600 participants and led to the inception of Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio in 1999. Today, our Affiliate’s Race for the Cure has grown to include more than 19,000 participants and raises more than $1,000,000 annually. Additionally, Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio raises significant money through third-party events, Affiliate sponsored events, and personal contributions. Over the past 21 years Komen Northwest Ohio has funded $11 million in local grants for life-saving breast health education, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship and $3 million has been contributed to national research initiatives.