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.

Inland Empire Affiliate story

Susan G. Komen® Inland Empire was incorporated in 1998 and hosted its inaugural Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure® in 1999. Komen Inland Empire’s service area covers more than 27,000 square miles serving a population of over 4.3 million residents residing in Riverside County, San Bernardino County and the Coachella Valley. Since inception, Komen Inland Empire has awarded grants totaling more than $6.2 million dollars to local non-profit organizations in the Inland Empire to fund breast health education, diagnostic services and treatment support.

Through events and donations, Susan G. Komen Inland Empire is able to bring funding and hope to the fight against breast cancer.  Each year the Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure and Affiliate events raise significant funds and awareness for breast cancer, celebrating breast cancer survivorship and honoring those who have lost their battle to  the disease. With corporate sponsorship, fundraising and donations throughout the year, strides are being made to improve access to programs and services as well as the quest for the cures.

Each year, 75 percent of our net proceeds are awarded through a grant process to local nonprofit organizations and mission programs at the Affiliate. Each grantee conducts a program that offers breast cancer education, screening or treatment support  to residents in the Inland Empire area. Since the Affiliate’s inception in 1998, more than $6.2 million has been given to local organizations that provide breast cancer education, diagnostic services, and treatment support for the uninsured or underinsured in the Inland Empire. The remaining 25 percent is directed to the Susan G. Komen Grants Program to fund ground breaking breast cancer research on a national and international level. The Affiliate has also dedicated more than $2 million towards breast cancer research programs.