Since the Susan G. Komen for the Cure nonprofit group was founded 30 years ago, it has invested nearly $2 billion in research and helped fund programs related to breast cancer.
The organization said there will be nearly 227,000 new breast cancer cases and nearly 40,000 breast cancer deaths in 2012. It also estimated there will be 2,190 new male breast cancer cases and 410 breast cancer deaths among men.
According to its 2010 IRS Form 990, the group raised $209 million and spent $192 million. It says 83 percent of all money raised goes toward its mission and 75 percent of money raised at local events goes for local programs.
The Dallas group was formed after Nancy G. Brinker in 1980 promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.
In its most recent year, the group made more than $1.2 million in grants to local organizations, including $77,510 for Akron General Medical Center’s Breast Health Center Outreach Program; $24,725 for Asian Services in Action (ASIA Inc.) and its Asian Women’s Health Initiative program; $36,000 to the Canton Community Clinic for Increased Access to Screening and Treatment for Underserved Women; $50,000 to the Summa Foundation for the Summa Screens program; and $90,000 to Mercy Medical Center for the Mercy Breast Center: Hold Our Hand, Together We Will Make the Journey program.
Supporters can register at Westfield Belden Village Mall today, Summit Mall on Thursday and Chapel Hill Mall on Friday. The event is July 29.
For more on Komen, visit www.komen.org.
For more on the Northeast Ohio affiliate of Komen or to sign up for the Akron walk, visit www.komenneohio.org.
To donate to the Giller family’s Komen effort, go to www.the3day.org/goto/ksgiller.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or at email@example.com.