Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.
Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 121 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
In 1995, with proceeds from its first Race for the Cure, Komen Montana began our mission of providing breast cancer education and screening throughout the state. The Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was officially formed in 1999 to carry out the promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. An existing group of dedicated breast cancer survivors, breast health advocates and others continued to work tirelessly as volunteers. In 2007 the Affiliate hired its first Executive Director. In 2010 we achieved a landmark goal of having awarded over $1 million dollars in grants throughout the state.