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.


Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate 2019 – 2020 Grant Recipients

Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative

  • Women’s Health Initiative Breast Health Program – A 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.

 Hoboken Family Planning  

  • Cancer Prevention and Wellness Project Aims to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest possible stage and obtain treatment for the patient.

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.
  • Breast Health Education Program – Provides women in Essex County with breast cancer education. targeting underserved African American and Hispanic populations in Greater Newark, who have a greater rate of late stage diagnosis than other population groups.  By developing and promoting breast education and access to screenings, we will document an increase in the number of women who get a screening mammogram in our community.

Morristown Medical Center-

  • Breast Health Community Outreach: Reaching Underserved Latina & African American Women, Morris Co. – Provide breast health outreach and education to 150 African American women and 300 Latinas. We will continue to build trust within these groups by networking with community agencies to provide education regarding the importance of early breast cancer detection, conducting culturally sensitive outreach, facilitating screening appointments, identifying community resources, and providing appropriate follow up care.

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 African-American and Hispanic women, provide women access to screening, and diagnostic tests, and provide pre-diagnostic breast cancer navigation.

 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 – Provides 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