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History of Susan G. Komen strongly rooted in one woman’s story

Ambassador Nancy Brinker

(Valley News) – 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, having invested more than $2.2 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and advocates, 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 the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 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.

Susan G. Komen Inland Empire was incorporated in 1998 and hosted its inaugural Race for the Cure in 1999. The Komen Inland Empire service area covers more than 27,000 square miles, serving a population of over 4.3 million residents throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Through events and donations, Susan G. Komen is able to bring funding and hope to the fight against breast cancer. Each year the Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure, and other Affiliate events, raise significant funds and increase awareness for breast cancer, celebrate survivorship, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease.

“There’s a Hero In All of Us!”

This is our theme for the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure on Oct. 18 at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium and what we hope will be your call to action. It reminds us that we all have the ability as individuals to make a difference in our community. We have the ability to impact the lives of thousands of uninsured and underinsured women, men and families throughout the Inland Empire, who are coping with breast cancer.

Join us as we continue to make an impact in our communities

Last year alone, thanks to the generosity of more than 80 sponsors, 8589 participants, 303 teams, 583 survivors and 600 volunteers, the 2014 Inland Empire Race for the Cure raised $672,553. Generations from all walks of life, came together with hope, energy and a renewed commitment to support the Komen Promise – “To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.”

Where the money goes

Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure, and other donations, remain in our service area for mission programs to provide breast health/breast cancer education, screening, patient navigation, diagnostic services and treatment support programs for uninsured/underinsured women and families in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, while 25 percent supports the Susan G. Komen Research and Grants Training Program.

Komen Inland Empire has awarded community grants totaling over $6.4 million dollars to local non-profit organizations since 1999 and invested over $2.3 million to Susan G. Komen Grants Program. One hundred percent of the funding sent by the Inland Empire affiliate goes to research only.

Although we are making progress, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with this life-threatening disease in her lifetime. Men are not immune, with almost 2,000 new cases of male breast cancer diagnosed each year.

We thank you for your dedication to support these efforts through your registration, fundraising and participation in the 17th Annual Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure, and other year round affiliate events. With your support we can help save lives and make an impact.

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