History & Impact

Susan G Komen 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!

Susan G. Komen Wisconsin History

Susan G. Komen planted its roots in Wisconsin in 1998 when a group of dedicated individuals held the first Race for the Cure in the state in South Central Wisconsin. One year later, in 1999, the first Southeast Wisconsin Race for the Cure took place, and finally in 2007 a group of volunteers hosted the first Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure.

In 2017, Southeast Wisconsin, South Central Wisconsin and Central Wisconsin came together to form the statewide affiliate, Susan G. Komen Wisconsin. Most recently in 2018, Race for the Cure underwent a pivotal change and became the MORE THAN PINK Walk statewide.

Since that first Race for the Cure in 1998, Komen Wisconsin has been dedicated to serving Wisconsin residents by being a local resource for funding breast cancer detection, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.