Lacey Clausen 4-23-2010 Susan G Komen Susan G. Komen for the Cure is an organization supporting breast cancer research. Since the organization started in 1982, it has raised over $1. 5 billion for research, education, and health services, Thus making it the largest breast cancer charity in the world. The Komen organization is recognized as the leading catalyst in the fight against breast cancer, with more then 100,000 volunteers working in a network of 125 U. S and international affiliates. Susan G.
Komen for the cure received Charity Navigators highest ranking (four stars), and according to Harris interactive Komen is one of the most trusted nonprofit organizations in America. Susan Goodman Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and died three years later, in 1980 Komens younger sister Nancy Brinker, who felt that Susan’s outcome might have been better if patients knew more about cancer and it’s treatment and remembering her promises to her sister that she would find a way to speed up breast cancer research, founded the Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Komens memory Since 1982 Komen has provided funding for basic, clinical, and transitional breast cancer research and for projects in the areas of breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. Komen also awards three-year postdoctoral fellowships to individuals working under the guidance of experienced cancer researchers in order to recruit and retain young scientists in the fiend of breast cancer research. In adition to funding research Komen also funds community based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects for the medically underserved.