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 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 Southern Arizona

The Southern Arizona Affiliate of Susan G. Komen was started in 1999. Through events like the Race for the Cure and El Tour de Tucson, we raise dollars for local community-based programs that educate, screen and treat women who otherwise could not afford it. Our focus is on granting funds to organizations that serve uninsured and underinsured people. Learn more about our Community Grants Program here.

Out of every dollar raised, 75 cents net stays in the Southern Arizona community. The rest goes towards international breast cancer research. Because of the outstanding cancer research programs that exist at the University of Arizona, much of that funding returns to Southern Arizona in research grants.

We are always looking for new ways to reach the community, boost awareness about breast cancer, and diversify our funding efforts. These have included:
•    Players for Pink, a high school breast health awareness initiative involving student sports teams
•    Komen Shorts: 30 Seconds to Save a Life, our first film shorts competition.
•    Cook for the Cure, a fundraiser in which the public gets to see some local Tucson chefs in action
•    Voices for the Cure, a radio series in collaboration with Arizona Public Media sharing         the stories of survivors and families of survivors
•    ‘Pink October’ live concert series in collaboration with 92.9 The Mountain.

How do we do it?

We operate with the help of Tucson’s generous community. That includes: 

  • Fundraising events and campaigns. Our biggest is Race for the Cure, Southern Arizona’s largest participatory fundraising event.
  • Hundreds of volunteers who help staff our office, organize events, operate Race for the Cure, and spearhead local education initiatives
  • Sponsors and small businesses that help us take part in, organize and cater events
  • Media partners like KOLD News 13, KVOA News 4, Tucson Weekly, the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Bilingual, who give space and air time to our issues
  • Physicians, scientists, politicians and business leaders who advise us and work with us in our missions to access health care for all Arizonans, and to highlight the benefits of early detection of breast cancer.