History & Impact

History & Impact
Rosanne & Joan

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 1992, Fort Worth community leader Rozanne Rosenthal charted the Tarrant County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen in honor of her friend and three-time breast cancer survivor Joan Katz. When Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer Rozanne made a commitment to start a Fort Worth affiliate.

At Komen Greater Fort worth, we believe that no one should have to die from breast cancer. However, every week, 24 women are diagnosed and four women die from breast cancer in our service area. We raise money to make sure women can receive the care that they need. Every women, regardless of her income deserves a fighting chance. Through events like the Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure, Komen Greater Fort Worth has invested over $23 million in community breast health programs in our four counties and has help contribute to the more than $800 million invested globally in research.


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