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.

Southwest Florida Affiliate story:

Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida was established in November of 2002. The affiliate is charged with the  purpose of furthering the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Up to 75 percent of the net proceeds raised by the affiliate will remain at the local level to fund a variety of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects for the medically underserved. A minimum of 25 percent of our net proceeds will support international breast cancer research.

Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida has been given the responsibility to further the mission in a specific geographic region. Our designated service area is where our programs, activities, fundraising, grants and operations are conducted. Our area includes five counties: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry.