History

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 psycho-social 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.

North Jersey Affiliate Story

The North Jersey Affiliate was founded in 1997 on a promise “to make a difference” to a ten-year-old girl who lost her mother to breast cancer.  Affiliate Board of Trustees, Medical Advisory Council, staff and over 700 survivors and activists fulfill that promise every day by delivering the life-saving message of early detection.

Through fundraising events like the Pink Tie Ball, the Affiliate supports community-based breast health education, and screening and treatment programs focusing on underserved and uninsured women.  75% of net funds raised by the Affiliate stays within its service area* and the remaining 25% is directed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program.

* Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren