About Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County
Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County provides funding for breast health services, breast cancer education and outreach in our Los Angeles County communities.
Through events like the Los Angeles County Race for the Cure®, Komen LA County invests 75 percent of the funds raised to support vital local breast health services, and dedicates the remaining 25 percent to national research to find the cures.
Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County is the only organization in LA County that is exclusively dedicated to combating breast cancer on every front. We have one clear mission: saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. We study the unique needs of Los Angeles County every 4 years to formulate our community profile, which allows us to target our grant funding to address the most significant breast cancer issues facing our local communities.
We are serving the breast health needs of Los Angelenos through:
- No-cost breast cancer diagnostic services for uninsured and under-insured Los Angelenos
- Comprehensive breast cancer patient navigation, to help women find a medical home
- Breast cancer patient, survivor, and co-survivor support programs
- Public awareness and education about breast cancer issues
- Research to discover and deliver the cures
About Susan G. Komen
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 $1.7 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.
Komen’s research focus has evolved over the years. In the beginning, we focused on understanding the basic biology of breast cancer. As we learn more about the factors that make cancer cells grow and spread, we have been able to invest more in the translation of this knowledge into treatment, early detection and prevention, with the goal of supporting work that has significant potential to lead to reductions in incidence and mortality within the decade. As the global leader in the fight against breast cancer, we strive to identify the best science around the world. We are proud to fund research in the United States and across the globe.