History

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.

The Komen Northwest Louisiana Affiliate has come a long way since it first began. The first Komen Northwest Louisiana Race for the Cure® was held in 1994, with just a few hundred participants. We have since grown our numbers to over 6,000 women, men and children in 2011. Our Race participants, corporate partners, and hundreds of volunteers have helped bring breast cancer awareness to the attention of Northwest Lousiana. This year marks a momentous 18 years for our Race . This affiliate began with two founders, Patsy Ogletree and Penny Durham and has grown into an amazing organization, now pleased to employ a full time Executive Director, and a part time Mission Coordinator. The Northwest Louisiana Affiliate began our Community Grants program in 1999, and has since granted over two million dollars to organizations in Northwest Louisiana making the most IMPACT in these communities. Our volunteer base has grown to over 300 dedicated volunteers who each have been an integral part of the grassroots growth of this affiliate.