Susan G. Komen Impact in New Jersey

State Impact | March 2018

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $956 million in research and provided more than $2.1 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 continues to be the voice for the more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors and those who love them, working to ensure that the fight against breast cancer is a priority among policymakers in Washington, D.C., and every Capitol across the country.

Did You Know?

  • Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.
  • One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.
  • In New Jersey, an estimated 8,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in 2018, and 1,250 women will die of the disease.
  • In the U.S., an estimated 266,120 new cases are expected to occur in 2018, and over 40,900 individuals will die of breast cancer.

Making an Impact in Your Community

  • Since 1996, Komen has awarded more than $4.9 million in research grants in New Jersey to Cooper University Health Care, Garden State Cancer Center, Princeton University, Rutgers University Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.
  • The Komen Affiliates that serve New Jersey invested over $2.1 million in local communities last year for early detection and treatment of breast cancer, breast health education and outreach. Nationwide, Komen Affiliates invested over $70 million in their local communities.
  • Beginning with a single grant for $28,000 in 1982, Komen has now invested more than $956 million in research, making Komen the largest non-profit source of breast cancer research funding outside of the U.S. government. We currently manage more than 300 active research grants totaling nearly $200 million.
  • Komen’s network of Affiliates annually funds nearly 800 community organizations providing education, screening, patient navigation and emergency financial support for those facing breast cancer in their communities. Komen has invested more than $2.1 billion in community grants since 1982.
  • Komen Affiliates are working tirelessly to preserve state screening programs across the country so that access to potentially life-saving screening is protected. Affiliates are also advocating for policies to reduce insurance barriers that shift costs to patients, preclude physician decision making and place unnecessary burdens on accessing care.
  • Komen is the only breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts: in research, community outreach, education, advocacy and global work.

Komen North Jersey is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in the 9-county Northern New Jersey area.  Through its community grants, Komen North Jersey is investing in fund education, screening and diagnostic tests, treatment support, survivorship, and other mission activities here in its nine county service area, provided by local non-profit organizations that serve its uninsured or under-insured residents. Since it was founded in 1997, Komen North Jersey has invested more than $19 million dollars in local breast health agencies and organizations. Up to 75 percent of funds raised stay in our service area.

The remaining 25 percent goes to national research to find the cures. To date the Komen North Jersey has invested more than $7 million dollars in research grants. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.

2018 – 2019 Komen North Jersey Community Grant Recipients

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative

  • Women’s Health Initiative Breast Health Program The nurse navigator provides breast health education and assists patients with screenings, follow-up appointments, and monitors their compliance.

Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation

  • Helping Hand – Provides direct financial assistance for non-medical needs to breast cancer patients while in treatment. Assistance is provided as an interim measure for expenses such as shelter costs and utilities.

Cancer Care

  • Comprehensive Financial Assistance for Women with Breast Cancer– Provides assistance with treatment care, includes: transportation, child care, pain medication and lymphedema supplies
  • Early Detection and Education for women in Essex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties– Provide 240 underserved Essex, Passaic, and Hudson County women with education about breast cancer risks and detection via 4 free workshops in partnership with Rutgers NJ Medical School’s screening program, and via 8 free workshops at other organizations in Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties.

Clara Maass Medical Center

  •  Breast Cancer Screening and Navigation Program – provides screening, diagnostic tests and navigation targeting African Americans and Latino’s. Provides transportation and translation to reduce barriers to care.

 Englewood Medical Center

  • Reducing Breast Cancer Deaths in African-American Women by Eliminating Barriers –Providing dedicated education, early screenings, and navigation for 300 black women who are mostly low-income in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties.

Hoboken Family Planning  

  • Cancer Prevention and Wellness Project The purpose of this program is to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest possible stage and obtain treatment for the patient and in doing so save the patient’s life.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

  • Open Ear: Helping Newark Women with Breast Cancer Program – Provides breast cancer patients with psychosocial and practical support and provides educational programs on breast health & breast cancer.

Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership, Inc.

  • Warren County Breast Health Awareness Project – Provides a culturally responsive approach to increase knowledge of early screening throughout Warren County, with a special emphasis on low-income, minority women.

Overlook Medical Center

  • Breast Cancer Continuum of Care for Underserved African-American & Hispanic Women at Overlook

Support at-risk AA and Hispanic women, our goal is to provide women access to screening, and diagnostic tests, and provide pre-diagnostic breast cancer navigation.

Somerset Health Care Foundation

  • Senos Sanos (Healthy Breasts) – Addresses an identified need for breast health education among Latino women.

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

  • Breast Health Outreach Coordinator- This program improves the community’s breast cancer awareness and education levels, while encouraging early screening and detection among women.
  • The Trinitas Prescription for Breast Cancer Survival Program– provide navigation for women with abnormal mammograms through treatment including diagnostic testing assistance for low-income, underinsured women.

For more information, please call Tina Jacobs, Director of Community Health – 908-277-2904 x207