HistorySusan 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.
The Komen Tidewater Affiliate will celebrate eleven years of service in September 2010. In 1998, a core group of three volunteers had the vision for an affiliate in the southeastern Virginia area and received affiliate designation from Susan SGK Race for the Cure 2014G. Komen in 1999. The first Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure® was held in October 2000 and, with approximately 3,400 participants, was the fifth largest inaugural race in Komen history. In the first year, the affiliate awarded $99,502 in grants and sent $40,500 to the Komen Award and Research Program. This past fiscal year enough funds were raised through Race for the Cure, other Komen events, third party events and donations that we were able to provide grant funding to seventeen breast health service organizations to provide education, screening and treatment to undeserved women and men in the 21 counties of Southeastern Virginia that comprise the Tidewater Affiliate. Additionally, over $176,000 was sent directly for research and development to help find the cures for breast cancer.
With the support of its signature event, the Komen Tidewater Affiliate Race for the Cure®, and many other events, the affiliate has raised over $3.1 million through fiscal year end March 31, 2008 and contributed over $508,000 to the Komen Award and Research Program. The Board of Directors is fully staffed, 257 volunteers raise funds through a wide variety of events, including golf and tennis tournaments, Pink-O de Mayo, Pink Martini Nights, Pink Tie Gala, Hoops for the Cure (a partnership with the Lady Monarchs Women’s Basketball team from Old Dominion University as well as the Hampton University women’s basketball team), and Pink in the Rink (partnered by the Norfolk Admirals Hockey Team), Bat for the Cure (partnered with the Norfolk Tides baseball team) and more. The affiliate also has an active speaker’s bureau, providing breast health education presentations to large and small groups of all sizes.
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