Since our founding, Komen Colorado has invested nearly $42.7 million into 100+ Colorado-based non-profit health clinics, hospitals and community-based organizations to provide life-saving breast cancer care to those in need.
Susan G. Komen® Colorado’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The non-profit organization is a local affiliate of Dallas-based Susan G. Komen®, which was founded in 1982 as the result of a promise Nancy G. Brinker made to her sister, Susan G. Komen – who died from breast cancer after being diagnosed with the disease at 36 – to do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
Komen Colorado was formed in December 2013 after a merger between the Komen Denver Affiliate, founded in 1992, and Komen Aspen Affiliate, founded in 1991. In keeping with Komen’s history as a locally driven, community-based organization, both affiliates were established out of a desire to raise awareness about breast cancer, raise money to help research a cure for a devastating disease, and remove barriers to breast cancer care experienced by family members and neighbors. Both Affiliates were founded and managed for many years by dedicated volunteers from each community. Yet as the breast cancer needs of the communities served by the affiliate evolved, so too did the organization. While the Affiliate is now professionally staffed, volunteers remain the heart of the organization’s success and serve in leadership, fundraising, administrative and program implementation roles.
As of December 2016, Komen Colorado’s local investments have provided Coloradans with more than:
- 39,537 clinical breast exams;
- 54,759 mammograms;
- 27,523 diagnostic tests diagnosing more than 650 breast cancers; and
- 2,122 treatment services (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation).
In addition, the organization has raised nearly $15.6 million for ground-breaking research to understand risk-factors for the disease, treatment protocols, how the disease metastasizes, and evidence-based interventions to increase survivorship.