30 years ago, a young woman named Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. From that promise grew the Susan G. Komen non-profit organization which today works to end breast cancer through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in our local communities and around the world. Locally, Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama has been a leader in the local fight against breast cancer for the past 20 years putting the promise Nancy made to Suzy - to save lives and end breast cancer forever - into action each day in Alabama. Because of our dedicated supporters and through events like the Race for the Cure, held every October in Birmingham, together we have been able to provide more than $5 million for local community breast cancer programs and services throughout north central Alabama and over $2 million for cutting-edge breast cancer research.
Additionally, local researchers in Alabama have received more than $15 million from the Komen National Research Program.
Funds raised by Komen North Central Alabama help Alabama women today throughout our local communities and help improve outcomes for women tomorrow, working towards our goal of a world without breast cancer. In fact, three out of every four net dollars raised locally are invested to help reach, educate and support the breast health of local Alabama women today - the other dollar is coming back to our community in the form of funding for ground-breaking local research, better treatments, improved screening and the hope of better ultimate outcomes.
Susan G. Komen has invested more than $847 million in breast cancer research to date, making Komen the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research. In FY 2014, Komen invested $218 million into all mission-specific programs including $43 million in research and $175 million in screening, education and treatment services.
The North Central Alabama area includes the counties of Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston.