Medical Research

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

aka Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley

Sacramento, CA


The Komen Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research. Since 1982 over $889 Million has been invested in research dedicated solely to breast cancer. The Foundation's Affiliates, annually, host 5K/l mile fitness walks/runs in communities in more than 30 countries worldwide along with numerous other fundraising and educational efforts. 75% of the net funds remain at the local affiliate level and funds local screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs to the under-served in their individual communities. The remaining 25% of the funds raised support national research. Despite advances by the medical community and advocates more than 40,000 women and men are still dying of breast cancer every year in America,a number we have never been willing to accept and one we hope to change with our Bold Goal. By bringing a heightened focus and strategy to our communities by enhancing focus on research and addressing racial and ethnic disparities our goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent within the next decade.Please take a bold step forward and help us make history.

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Breast cancer is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

It is expected that breast cancer will kill more than 39,000 Americans this year. In the Komen Sacramento affiliate area that includes Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, San Joaquin, Amador and Solano counties over 2,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Because the need is so high, Komen must work all twelve months of the year.

One important way that we work to save lives is through our outreach efforts. Statistics show that with early detection and treatment, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent in the U.S. compared to 74 percent in 1982. Our goal is to make that survival rate even greater and one day find a cure. But until a cure is found, our strength is in our support of our grantees that service the low income, under insured, uninsured and undocumented. The more financial support that we provide our grantees, the more women and men are reached and able to be treated. Until there is a cure for this deadly disease, this is the most important thing that we can do.

With a small staff of five, we service 19 counties and granted nearly a million dollars last year alone. Since our inception, Komen Sacramento has given out 18 million to community and health organizations for early detection and education - but there is so much more work to do!

It is our mission at Komen Sacramento to spread breast cancer awareness to save lives. To do that we have to raise funds twelve months out of the year which we do through our Race for the Cure, Pink Tie Gala, Artist for the Cure, numerous third party events, community health fairs and other area outreach efforts. Every contribution helps us build awareness of the importance of early detection and brings us one step closer to our promise to bring about a world without breast cancer.

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Executive Director

Kelly Plag

Main Address

9310 Tech Center Dr., Suite 250

Sacramento, CA 95826 USA


Breast Health, underserved populations, community heatlth education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer Research (H30)

Cancer Research (H30)

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