History

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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.

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The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen ®

The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals, clinics and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

Komen SF Bay Area has the distinction of being the very first Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®. Our Affiliate was founded by Joanne Horning, and her husband Rick, in honor of Joanne’s mother’s battle against breast cancer.

Komen SF Bay Area’s service area covers eight Bay Area counties of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. Thanks to the thousands of people who participate in the Komen San Francisco Bay Area Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year, dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen San Francisco Bay Area is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community.

For more information about our Affiliate and our work in the Bay Area, please call our office at 415-397-8812 or send us an email at info@komensf.org.