Susan G. Komen started with a promise from one sister to another to eradicate breast cancer forever. Today, Susan G. Komen Northwest NC’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen Northwest NC began as an all volunteer Race Committee planning the Piedmont Triad’s first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® held on April 15, 2000, in downtown Winston-Salem. In June, 2000, the North Carolina Triad Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was officially formed with a 15-member governing Board of Directors. In November, 2000, the Komen NC Triad Affiliate awarded its first grants — a total of $190,000.00.
In addition to the Race, our Affiliate oversees a variety of educational, outreach, and fundraising activities throughout the year. Our Affiliate added its first staff in 2005; today, we are staffed with 9 employees and a host of dedicated and committed volunteers serving as members of our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs. Our signature Affiliate event, the Susan G. Komen Northwest NC Race for the Cure®, would not be possible without the hundreds of community volunteers that have dedicated their time, energy, and passion to the Race and its mission.
Today, our Affiliate, known as Susan G. Komen® Northwest NC, proudly serves 22 local counties: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Madison, Mitchell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.
Komen Northwest NC — along with those generously supporting us with their talent, time and resources — works to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in our community. Through events like the Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $6 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in our 22-county service area and contributed over $2.1 million to national research grants. 75% of net proceeds raised by Komen Northwest NC stay in our service area. The remaining income goes to the National Susan G. Komen® Grants Program for energizing science to find the cures.
Find out more about what we do in the video below.