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.

Susan G. Komen Western New York was founded in 2001 by a group of concerned volunteers who brought the first Race for the Cure to Western New York.   Since its inception and incorporation, Komen WNY has provided over $4.3 million in grant funding for community breast health care programs, reaching all 8 counties of Western New York.