History

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. 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. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

The first Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure was held in 1996. The Susan G. Komen Central Florida Affiliate was established in 1999 to carry out Komen’s mission statement: to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment in the Central Florida community.
The Central Florida Affiliate serves nine counties: Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia. The Affiliate serves as an “umbrella” for all of the special fund-raising events within this area such as:
* Komen Central Florida Race©
* Homes for the Cure©

Up to 75% of the net proceeds raised by this Affiliate stays within the Central Florida community to fund outreach programs and initiatives that address the specific unmet breast health needs within the nine county service area. These projects are selected based on a needs assessment performed by the Affiliate.
The Affiliate consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, an Executive Director and various Committees that support the Foundation’s mission statement. Committees are comprised of volunteers who are the lifeblood of this organization.
To date, the Affiliate has raised over $6 million through various fundraising events, including our annual Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure©.