Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.
Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 121 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
Greater Evansville Affiliate
The Komen Evansville Race for the Cure was first held in 1998 and drew an incredible 5,000 participants, surpassing all local and national expectations. The Greater Evansville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1999 and that year the Race for the Cure drew 10,230 people and raised $465,000. In addition, $158,000 was granted out to organizations in the 28 county service area and 25% of funds raised were also given to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program.
In 2012, our name was changed to Evansville Tri-State Affiliate, but our mission remained the same. See below for a year by year breakdown of race participants, monies raised, monies granted and money given to Komen National for research.
|Year||Race Participants||Total $ Raised (including in-kind)||$ Granted||$ Given to Research|
|2001 (changed FY dates)||15,739||$143,150.00||-||-|