Our organization began as the Komen New Jersey Race for the Cure® in 1994. Recognizing the need for growth, key volunteers and Board members launched the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate in January 2005.
With a service area of 13 counties throughout New Jersey and over 50% of the State’s population, 75% of all funds raised by Komen CSNJ stays within our service area to fund breast health programs for people who would not otherwise have access to quality health care, while 25% of the funds raised supports research for the cure on a national level. Our Affiliate has funded 70,000 free mammography screenings, provided one-on-one education and support for over 250,000 community residents, invested over $17 million in the community grants program for breast health to local non-profits and provided $3.9 million to New Jersey breast cancer researchers.
That means even more help for medically vulnerable women, men and their families in our 13- County service area. During these challenging times, that has a real impact.
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. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
That promise is now Susan G. Komen®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.