Komen Northwest NC FAQs

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Why Susan G. Komen®?

In the U.S., one case of breast cancer is diagnosed every 2 minutes, and every 13 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second highest cause of cancer deaths for women in the US and the number one cause for women between 40 and 59 years old. African American and Hispanic/Latina women are more likely than white women to be diagnosed with more advanced stages of breast cancer, with African American women having the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial and ethnic groups. Next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world, and Komen research grants have been involved in every major advance in breast cancer treatment. Local Komen Affiliates fund education, screening, and non-medical treatment grants in the community, providing access to options that would otherwise be unavailable to people in need.

What is the Difference between Komen Headquarters and Susan G. Komen Northwest NC?

Susan G. Komen operates on two levels: the global headquarters in Dallas, Texas is solely responsible for grants for breast cancer research and oversight of 102 Affiliates.  The Affiliates, such as Komen Northwest NC, are responsible for their local community by identifying disparities in accessing breast health services, educating individuals about breast health; raising money and granting it to local organizations to close the gaps to breast health care.  All Affiliates work toward a collective vision of a world without breast cancer.

Who does Komen Northwest NC serve?

Komen Northwest NC proudly serves 22 counties: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Madison, Mitchell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey. Our local headquarters is in Winston-Salem, NC.

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What does Susan G. Komen Northwest NC do?

“We LIVE here, we RACE here, we GIVE BACK here, and we SAVE LIVES here.”

Susan G. Komen Northwest NC is committed to empowering individuals through breast health education, ensuring quality of care and energizing science to find the cures. Key educational messages are: know your normal, be aware of your breast health, and that prevention and early detection are critical to survival. Komen Northwest NC provides breast health education and outreach programs, funding for local community health organizations, and supports national research to find the cures.

Where Does the Money Go?

75% of all funds raised stay right here in Northwest NC! Money goes toward local community health grants and education and outreach programs. The other 25% of the proceeds goes to Susan G. Komen’s national research program. Since 2000, Komen Northwest NC has granted over $5.5 million towards funding local community organizations and hospitals to provide free mammograms/screenings, non-medical treatment and breast health educational initiatives.

Susan G. Komen Northwest NC & NC Foothills Races for the Cure®

-Race for the Cure is Susan G, Komen Northwest NC’s annual signature fundraising event.  NWNC Race for the Cure is May 6, 2017 @ 9:30am in Winston-Salem, and the Foothills Race for the cure is September 30, 2017 in Hickory.  These are family friendly walks with a certified 5K option.  You don’t have to be a runner to partake!  Register at komennorthwestnc.org under the “Komen Race for the Cure” tab.

What other events does Komen Northwest NC host?

Komen Northwest NC hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Winter 2017 will bring back the Pink Tie Ball, a formal event to promote Komen’s mission. Throughout the year, Komen Northwest NC also hosts volunteer appreciation events, fundraisers, and more. There are also outside opportunities for individuals to host third party events to benefit Komen Northwest NC.  Make sure to check the calendar at www.komennorthwestnc.org to stay up to date.


Local Impact – For Every dollar raised in 2014-15, 85 cents went towards mission work!

-Susan G. Komen Northwest NC partners with individuals, businesses and organizations in 22 counties to “save lives.”  Partner’s help through financial support, volunteers, college interns, survivor support and so much more.  The staff of eight relies on community support to make an impact!

-A minimum of 75% of funds raised stays local!  25% raised goes towards breast cancer research.

  • In 2014-15 incoming revenue totaled $891,413.  Mission expenses were: $456,604 for grants; $97,000 for WFBH Patient Navigation; $80,000 for 2 Mission Outreach Positions; $114,872 for breast cancer research; $5,000 for Pink Ribbon Talks; $4,000 for educational material and other publications.  85% of income went towards local mission work and research!

-Since 2000, Komen Northwest NC has granted $6 million to local health organizations to provide free mammograms/screenings, non-medical treatment support and breast health education.

How can I get involved?

Get involved with Komen Northwest NC by volunteering, joining a committee, raising money, or participating in our events!  More information is available at komennorthwestnc.org.  You can visit our office or call us: 1106 Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; 336-721-0037.