1. Pink Well Challenge Finalist Profile: Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Houston



    Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982 that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, launching the breast cancer movement to save lives, empower people, ensure quality for all and energize science to find the cure. The Komen Houston Affiliate was established in 1990 to provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment for the medically underserved. The Affiliate has granted $8 million for research nationally and over $25 million for community grants in Harris, Fort Bend, Chambers, Montgomery, Brazoria, Liberty and Galveston counties.

    Komen Houston’s granting process ensures that the funds raised are spent on unmet needs in the communities we serve helping countless breast cancer survivors and their families get the treatment and support they need.Komen Houston has consistently been recognized nationally as a top among 122 other Komen affiliates for granting the most funds to the community and maintains operating costs below 25%.

    Komen Houston seeks to expand its outreach in surrounding counties and throughout the region to address the continued increase for services.  We are committed to enhancing our funding beyond the Race for the Cure® event to ultimately provide additional funding for local programs to help those who need access vital breast health services, and the cutting edge research which is necessary in finding cures.    

    Komen Houston will use the funds to fulfill its mission by supporting national research and local initiatives.Seventy-five percent of our funds support the Komen Houston Local Community Grants Program.In 2011, we awarded $3.27 million to 22 community organizations such as Good Neighbor Healthcare Center, The Rose and Harris County Hospital District Foundation, which provide screening, diagnostic services and treatment to women at little to no cost.  

    Komen has been at the forefront of identifying and responding to community needs.In 2009, we identified a need for patient navigation, which is any service that assists individuals in overcoming obstacles from screening to treatment.We funded the Houston Community College Foundation to develop the Breast Health Patient Navigator Program.Program graduates can make long-term improvements in screening rates to save lives. We went even further by supporting patient navigation at Harris County Hospital District.As a result, HCHD has been able to improve the utilization of their screening facilities by reducing the no-show rate from 40% to 10%.