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.
The Komen Utah Story
Susan G. Komen® Utah was established in 1996 when several women, whose lives had been touched by breast cancer, independently contacted Komen headquarters about establishing a Race for the Cure in Utah. Headquarters put these women in touch with each other and the result was the first Komen Utah Race for the Cure® in 1997. That first race attracted over 1,700. In 2014, the eighteenth year of the Race, the number of participants increased to over 11,000 making it the largest run/walk in the state of Utah.