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®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen 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 over 120 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
Locally, Komen Mid-Michigan (formerly Greater Lansing) was established in January, 2001, to spread the life-saving message of early detection and to financially support breast cancer screening, education, treatment and support programs in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. In 2009, the Affiliate expanded its service area to serve, in addition, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties, and was re-named Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan®.
Susan G. Komen® works diligently to keep administrative expenses to a minimum. This ensures that the bulk of the funds raised support the Komen mission.