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 $1.9 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.
The Komen Northwest Louisiana Affiliate has come a long way since it first began. The first Komen Northwest Louisiana Race for the Cure® was held in 1994, with just a few hundred participants. We have since grown our numbers to over 6,000 women, men and children in 2011. Our Race participants, corporate partners, and hundreds of volunteers have helped bring breast cancer awareness to the attention of Northwest Lousiana. This year marks a momentous 18 years for our Race . This affiliate began with two founders, Patsy Ogletree and Penny Durham and has grown into an amazing organization, now pleased to employ a full time Executive Director, and a part time Mission Coordinator. The Northwest Louisiana Affiliate began our Community Grants program in 1999, and has since granted over two million dollars to organizations in Northwest Louisiana making the most IMPACT in these communities. Our volunteer base has grown to over 300 dedicated volunteers who each have been an integral part of the grassroots growth of this affiliate.