History

At Susan G. Komen®, our mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Please take a moment to read the touching story that started a movement. Or, read a few words from our founder.

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 $847 million in research, more than $1.8 billion in screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support, and served millions in over 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.

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen, the organization Nancy started in her honor.

Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of over 100 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, want to make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer.

Los Angeles County Affiliate History

Since 1995, the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has raised over $9.2 million to provide community-based grants to local organizations offering crucial breast cancer services and to help fund cutting edge breast cancer research. A major focus of the Komen Los Angeles County Affiliate is to help uninsured and underinsured women under 40 and men who have symptoms of breast cancer. Komen’s important work in the community is made possible through year-round fundraising efforts, including the Race for the Cure, Core of Komen, and the support of local businesses. Komen LA County is grateful for its dedicated network of volunteers and donors that share their time and resources in support of our mission to end breast cancer forever.

Susan G. Komen® Los Angeles County is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that operates under the charter of the international organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas.