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.

 

In 1995 the first Upstate Race for the Cure® was brought to Greenville, South Carolina. In 2000, the Komen Upstate SC Affiliate was established and covered eleven counties. Nine years later, the Upstate SC Affiliate became the SC Mountains to Midlands Affiliate and took on an additional eleven counties, stretching to the heart of the state. Since 1995, the Affiliate has awarded $4.6 million in funding to local breast cancer programs and breast cancer research. Of that amount, $3.14 million has been awarded in grants to local not-for-profit organizations to fund innovative breast cancer education, screening, and treatment programs. In 2016, the Affiliate will celebrate its 22nd anniversary of the Race for the Cure® . The Race for the Cure series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. Across the country, more than one hundred Races will be held in 2016, expected to attract more than one million participants. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.