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 $1.5 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 124 local Affiliate offices worldwide. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was established in late 1999 to spread the life-saving message of early detection and to support breast cancer screening, treatment and diagnostic programs in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Komen Ozark has granted nearly $11 million to local organizations to provide breast health services to uninsured and underinsured men and women in our 10 county service area that support our Promise!
The Promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
No person with breast cancer should be forced to spend more time fighting their way through the health care system than fighting the disease.
A simple promise made between two sisters formulated our guiding principles:
We believe in the power of the individual-recognizing the extreme value of one and the dynamic force of many.
We honor volunteerism and foster the spirit to serve the lives that we touch.
We nurture an environment where people are valued and treated with dignity, respect and fairness.
We are committed to being a positive agent of change-demonstrating compassion and integrity in all that we do.
We believe that distinguished financial performance is a must, not as en end in itself, but as a means to accomplish our broader mission.