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.

Kansas Affiliate story

The Komen Wichita Race for the Cure ® was started in 1990 by the Junior League of Wichita. The Wichita Race was the first Komen co-ed Race and the 4th in Komen’s history. The race was held the first weekend in April on the beautiful grounds of Pizza Hut International and the course ran through the Forest Hills housing addition. The 1990 Race was the largest first year road race in Kansas history with over 1,400 participants. The Komen Free Mammography Program was started with the first year’s proceeds, and continues today. The fund has provided over 44,000 free mammograms in the state of Kansas. The Komen Free Mammography Program was the first such program for Komen nationally and served as a model program for many cities as they established their own Komen Race for the Cure Events.

In 1993, the newly established Susan G. Komen For The Cure Kansas Affiliate assumed control for the race from the Junior League of Wichita. In 1995, the Race was moved to the present location at Towne East Mall, with the course running through the tiny city of Eastborough. The event was moved to the fall to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month (October) and to hopefully avoid cold spring showers.

Today, we are more than just a Race. We have a Board of Directors, staff, and serve 95 Kansas counties. In the last 26 years, the Affiliate has raised nearly $6M to invest in research, education, outreach, and screening services.