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SUSAN G KOMEN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION Overview
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded on a promise made between two sisters - Susan Goodman Komen and Nancy Goodman Brinker. Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978, a time when little was known about the disease and it was rarely discussed in public. Before she died at the age of 36, Suzy asked her sister to do everything possible to bring an end to breast cancer. Nancy kept her promise by establishing the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982.More than 20 years later, the Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer and is the world's largest private funder of breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Working through a network of Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the CureÂ®, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research, education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised nearly $600 million for the fight against breast cancer.The North Jersey Affiliate was founded in June 1997 on a promise "to make a difference" to a ten-year-old daughter who lost her mother to breast cancer. Affiliate staff, Board of Trustees, Medical Advisory Board and over 800 volunteers fulfill that promise every day.Seventy-five percent of net funds raised remains in the Affiliate nine-county* service area to fund community-based breast health programs. The remaining twenty-five percent is contributed to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Award and Research Grant Program.
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