Research, Early Detection, Survivor Support, Advocacy

A letter from our CEO

This spring, we proudly complete 25 years of service with more than $32 million of direct investment in Oregon and SW Washington during this time. We look forward to a future with promise, having made significant strides in support of breast cancer survivors and fighters, research, advocacy and early detection. We hold dear the same grassroots passion to fight breast cancer, which began this movement here in 1991.

In our travels across the region, we continue to learn about the current state of the breast cancer care in communities where health disparities exist. As a result, we are directing and redirecting resources in order to maximize the positive impact of Komen funding. From small grants to help survivors and fighters, to lifesaving need-based financial assistance for individuals getting  to treatment with gas, food and lodging, your investment in us is hard at work, everyday, to break down barriers to breast health and treatment. And, we are proud to share Komen continues to fund cutting-edge research at both the Providence Cancer Center and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

There is very real uncertainty in healthcare today. Komen believes in health equity for all women who live in our communities. It is why we personally advocated in Washington DC and in Salem, this March, to push for continued federal investment in the National Institute of Health to fund biomedical research, federal and local funding for the breast and cervical cancer screening programs and federal legislation for oral chemotherapy drugs to be covered equally under insurance programs. Health equity is a driving force in our dedicated investment in programs, serving populations facing health disparities and barriers, whether by race, geography, or insurance status.

We need your continued support to accomplish our goals, which include reducing the number of breast cancer deaths in half by 2026. With your investment in Komen’s mission through sharing your time, expertise, and/or fundraising, every ounce of effort makes a difference for the communities we serve, one life at a time.

Best Wishes,

Andrew Asato
Chief Executive Officer