History

Susan G. Komen® Arizona

Susan G. Komen® Arizona was established on December 1, 2015, formed by the union of Susan G. Komen® Central and Northern Arizona (Komen® CAN AZ) and Komen® Southern Arizona (Komen® SAZ).

As a combined force, Komen Arizona remains committed to fulfilling the Susan G. Komen Promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

The consolidation of the two Arizona Affiliates into Komen Arizona stems from a long-term relationship between both Affiliates. The merger allows Komen Arizona to streamline operations so that more time and resources can be focused toward supporting women and men in need across the state, maximizing the impact on the fight against breast cancer.

Komen Arizona is an independent, local non-profit organization, dedicated to combating breast cancer. 75 percent of Komen Arizona’s net proceeds will stay in Arizona to fund local breast cancer education, screening, and treatment programs, while the remaining 25 percent is contributed to Komen’s leading international breast cancer research program.

Impact

Together, Komen Arizona has been raising funds and supporting Arizona communities for 23 years, generating more than $35.6 million in donations. To date, more than $26.6 million has been allocated to local education, screening and treatment programs for the uninsured and underinsured and more than $9 million has been raised for international breast cancer research focused on reducing breast cancer incidence and/or mortality within the decade.

Since 1993, Komen Arizona’s community grants program has provided for:

  • 49,840 free or reduced cost mammograms
  • 8,403 diagnostic treatments
  • 7,012 breast cancer treatments
  • hundreds of thousands of individuals with education

About Susan G. Komen® Central and Northern Arizona

Komen CAN AZ, originally the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, was started by three members of the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) to honor their friend who lost her life to breast cancer. In 1993, JLP and Banner Health partnered to bring the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® to Phoenix, seeing great success with 1,500 participants and $65,000 raised. In 2013, the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen updated its name to Komen Central and Northern Arizona – Komen CAN AZ – to better represent the service area and population served by the Affiliate across the nine counties of central and northern Arizona.

About Susan G. Komen® Southern Arizona

Komen SAZ was started in 1999, raising dollars for local community-based programs that educate, screen and treat women who otherwise could not afford it through events like the Race for the Cure and El Tour de Tucson. Komen Southern Arizona served the women and men across the six counties of southern Arizona.

About Susan G. Komen®

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 $889 million in research and provided $1.95 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. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.