History

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 $2.5 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 118 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.

Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate Story

There are more than one million women in the Mid-South.  1 in 8 will get breast cancer in their lifetime.  If detected early, the 5 year survival rate is 99%.  Breast cancer is not found in the emergency room until it is too late.  Breast cancer affects all ages, all races and all income levels.

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has a mission to eradicate breast cancer through education, screening and treatment.  Through July 2012, we served five counties in two states:  Fayette, Shelby and Tipton in Tennessee and DeSoto and Tunica in Mississippi.  Cities include Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Millington and Munford in Tennessee and Southaven, Olive Branch and Tunica in Mississippi.  As of August 2012, we now serve 14 counties in Tennessee and 7 counties in Mississippi: Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer, Haywood, Lake, Madison, Crockett, Hardeman, Henderson, Chester, McNairy and Hardin in Tennessee and DeSoto, Tunica, Tate, Marshall, Benton, Coahoma and Quitman in Mississippi.  Cities include:  Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Dyersburg, Jackson, Millington and Munford in Tennessee and Clarksdale, Southaven, Olive Branch and Tunica in Mississippi.

Since our inception in 1992 Komen Memphis-MidSouth has granted over $8.9 million in our mission to eradicate breast cancer through education, screening and treatment in the MidSouth. Our Affiliate has partnered with major hospitals in our area including Baptist, Methodist, Regional One (The Regional Medical Center) and St. Francis and community providers including Christ Community Health Center, The Church Health Center and The Julie B. Baier Foundation.  In fiscal year 2014-15 we are providing grants totaling $510,000 for dedicated use in our 21 counties.

Susan G. Komen is second only to the US government in funding breast cancer research.  The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate is proud to have contributed over $2.2 million to direct breast cancer research.

For every dollar raised, 25% goes to breast cancer research and 75% stays here in the MidSouth.  No one else provides the dollars for health care like we do.  We are proud of what we, our sponsors, donors and race registrants accomplish by working together.  We care about the women and families in the MidSouth.  We care about finding a cure for breast cancer.

We Care.

View a list of the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate Grants 1993-2014.