Komen Wisconsin History

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®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 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 100+ local Affiliate offices.  At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference. To see how Susan G. Komen is impacting the nation and the world click here!

Regional History

Central Wisconsin

Formed in October 2007, Komen Central Wisconsin is one of the newest Komen Affiliates. The Affiliate focuses on identifying the gaps in breast health care and providing community grants in our seven county Central Wisconsin service area that includes: Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor, Wood and a portion of West Shawano County.

It is the local source for funding breast cancer detection and support projects and serves residents living in seven counties in Central Wisconsin. Central Wisconsin’s funds are vital for screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and treatment through annual Community Grants. Central Wisconsin also empowers residents with information about the importance of early detection and being active in their breast health.

Formed in October 2007, Komen Central Wisconsin is one of the newest Komen Affiliates. The Affiliate focuses on identifying the gaps in breast health care and providing community grants in our seven county Central Wisconsin service area that includes: Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor, Wood and a portion of West Shawano County.

It is the local source for funding breast cancer detection and support projects and serves residents living in seven counties in Central Wisconsin. Central Wisconsin’s funds are vital for screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and treatment through annual Community Grants. Central Wisconsin also empowers residents with information about the importance of early detection and being active in their breast health.

South Central Wisconsin

Susan G. Komen South Central began with a Race for the Cure® in 1998 with a group of dedicated volunteers and sponsors. The success of the Komen South Central Wisconsin continues today with many events and programs like the Memorial/Honorarium Program, Dance for the Cure, Cook for the Cure, Ski for the Cure, Rally for the Cure Golf events, By Women for Women Golf Event, Bowl for the Cure, and Fit for the Cure, along with many other community and corporate sponsored events that benefit Komen South Central Wisconsin Affiliate.

The Komen South Central Wisconsin Affiliate has grown from over 3,000 participants in the first Race to almost 6,000 and is looking forward to increasing that number in the upcoming years. Our promise is to end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cure for this terrible disease.

Southeast Wisconsin

Susan G. Komen® Southeast Wisconsin began with a Race for the Cure event in 1999 organized by a group of dedicated breast cancer survivors, breast health professionals, and other women of vision. In those days, a small core of committed women kept files in their homes and cars, had all Race phone calls on an answering machine and treated Komen as their second job. It was truly a grassroots effort.

The first Board of Directors was formed and an office was generously donated in early 2000. Today, Komen Southeast Wisconsin serves 7 counties and has nearly 150+ active volunteers serving on various committees. The annual Race for the Cure has grown to be the largest nonprofit run/walk in the Southeast Wisconsin community with 18,000 to 20,000 in attendance annually.