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 Susan G. Komen SE Iowa Affiliate was incorporated in 1997. The first race was held in May of 1997 in Ottumwa, Iowa to include communities from 10 counties in SE Iowa. The race has now grown to include just fewer than 3000 registered participants.
The SE Iowa Affiliate raises revenue from the annual race in May, various fundraisers such as a pasta dinner on the eve of the race, 3rd party events such as Ladies Night Out at Honey Creek Resort, Bowl For the Cure and donations and contributions. The majority of revenue earned is returned to the 10 county areas in the way of grants funded for mammograms, breast screenings, and education. In 2010, grants awarded were approximately $145,000. The Komen Southeast Iowa Affiliate is comprised of a volunteer board of directors and a race committee which help carry out the mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever.