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.
Tulsa Affiliate story
On the local level, the Komen Tulsa Affiliate works to reduce breast cancer in Eastern Oklahoma by funding education, screening and treatment programs with an emphasis on the medically underserved. In 2014, with the help of the community in such events as the Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure, our Affiliate raised over $1 million. We continue to grow and act as a caring resource for women and their families in Eastern Oklahoma.
The Tulsa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen began in 1997 with the first Race for the Cure. That year we granted $71,655 to local organizations to provide services to the uninsured and underinsured women in Tulsa County and $25,551 to fund scientific research. In 2014, over $1,000,000 was raised from the Race and other fundraising events and over $600,000 was granted to community outreach programs and scientific research, education and screening programs in Eastern Oklahoma.