Susan Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978. At the end of the 1970's little was known about breast cancer and it was a cause that had not yet made it to the homes of the average American. After being diagnosed with the disease Susan Komen asked her sister Nancy to promise that she would do everything that she could to bring an end to this disease. Nancy promised her that she would. Not long afterward Susan Komen died at the age of 36.
Some years later in 1982 Nancy proved herself good to her word with the creation of the Komen Foundation. The Komen Foundation in its almost 25 years of service as put itself at the forefront of the cause of breast cancer advocacy and is one of the most well-respected and recognized breast cancer organizations working in the world.
In order to do the massive amount of work that the Komen Foundation does it requires the support of many people. There are over 75,000 volunteers that are pledging their time and their money to help make the Komen Foundation a true force for good in this world and supporting them in all of the important work that Komen Foundation does.
One of the most important aspects of the work that the Komen Foundation does is in raising money to fund research into new treatments of breast cancer as well as working to find out how the disease works to one day find a cure. Funds are raised through a number of efforts including the famous Komen Foundation races for breast cancer, among other things.
In the year 2004 $98.6 million was invested by the Komen Foundation into breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. 75% of all funds that are raised by the Komen Foundation go straight into mission and support services. It is their committed goal to use as much of every dollar donated to them in the cause of fighting against breast cancer as well as supporting women who currently fighting breast cancer or who are breast cancer survivors.
If you want to find out how you can help with the Komen Foundation's efforts, one of the best ways is to visit its web site. The official web site of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (its full title) is www.komen.org Here you can find out more about the history and work of the organization, as well as Komen Foundation sponsored events that you can get involved in and information on donating to the Komen Foundation and becoming a volunteer.
The Komen Foundation, founded on a promise made to a dying Susan Komen, is at the forefront of the battle against breast cancer today. The Foundation would be impotent and unable to do anything if it were not for the support of women around the country, women like you. They depend upon your donations and your volunteer support in order to keep themselves running so that they can do their work to one day end breast cancer forever.