Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
A Local Focus
Three friends living in Oregon witnessed some of the highest breast cancer rates in the country.
In Oregon and SW Washington, 63 women and men are diagnosed every week, 11 die.
They soon realized that the need for help was urgent. Inspired by Susan G. Komen’s international impact, Chris Mulder, Raylene Dion, and Lolly Champion then founded the Oregon and SW Washington affiliate in 1991.
Since then. . .
over $33 million has been funneled to research and local care services.
of our funds go towards saving local lives, with $19.9 million dedicated to early detection, survivor support, and advocacy.
is pooled with our other affiliates to fund the cures on an international scale, including $13.2 million that has been provided to local research institutions like Providence Cancer Institute and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.
How We Are Structured: We are a separately incorporated nonprofit entity with our own governing Board of Directors, staff, program priorities, advocacy, and grant-making processes. Funds raised in Oregon and SW Washington do not pay for the operating expenses of Komen National.
Susan G. Komen did not survive breast cancer. Before she died, her sister Nancy promised that she would do everything in her power to put a stop to the disease. In 1982, that promise began a global movement to end breast cancer forever. Read more about what Susan G. Komen has achieved thus far.