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Financial Resources —Did you know that there are many financial resources that can help people living with breast cancer? Find out more

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 for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 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 over 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.

North Mississippi Affiliate story

The North Mississippi Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to be part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists - the only grassroots organization fighting to cure breast cancer at every stage, from the causes to the cures and the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.
Founded in 1998 by a group of volunteers, the North Mississippi Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is committed to:

Raising awareness of breast health issues.
Educating our community on breast cancer statistics and Susan G. Komen's breast health recommendations.
Raising funds to fund local education, screening and treatment grants, as well as research grants at the national level.
Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure® has grown from 1,170 participants to nearly 4,000. Thousands of women and men in north Mississippi who could not afford breast health care have received screenings and education as a result of funds raised through the Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure®.

Up to 75 percent of the net proceeds generated by the affiliate stays in north Mississippi and will be used to support breast health and breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs for medically under-served women in this region. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research. Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure serves a 16-county area, including Alcorn, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Oktibbeha, Tishomingo, Tippah and Union counties.