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BIRMINGHAM, AL— August 25, 2020 – On April 24, 2020 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. announced a restructuring plan for all 60 affiliates across the country. That plan reduces overhead cost by closing brick and mortar affiliates and consolidating them into one central office in Dallas, Texas, where Komen is headquartered. As such, Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama, Komen’s local Alabama affiliate, has ceased operations as an independent affiliate. North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen was notified last week that its annual More than Pink walk, currently schedule for October 24, 2020, is being cancelled due to the unprecedented health concerns surrounding Covid-19.


North Central Alabama Komen has served the women and men of Alabama, as the only Susan G. Komen affiliate in the state, for nearly 30 years. It’s staff and board has worked to better the lives of men and women facing breast cancer. It’s notable annual Race for the Cure event (now the More Than Pink Walk) raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research and created the platform for family and friends to celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors and to remember those we have lost to the disease.


Board President, Jennifer McInerney, remarked that “The impact of our affiliate will continue to be felt in our state despite our closure. Over the years we have invested over $5 million in community breast health programs in 38 counties in Alabama and have contributed to the more than $920 million invested globally in research, with more than $15 million in research grants awarded in the state of Alabama.” Board Treasurer, Rebecca Di Piazza noted that “Prior to the merger, we made every effort to ensure that funds raised in our community stayed in our community.” Nearly $200,000 in direct funding and resources were granted the first week of June into the community.


Funding was provided for diagnostic services, patient assistance programs, patient navigation tools, educational outreach, health equity and survivorship programs. Recipients of the funding were Cooper Green Hospital, Princeton Hospital, Brookwood Hospital, UAB Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Clearview Cancer Center, DCH Regional Medical Center, Grandview Medical Center, Alabama Department of Public Health, the Spirit of Luke Foundation, American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, ¡HICA!, Journey of Faith, Inc., More than Conquerors VIRTUE, Inc., Sister Survivors Support Group, and My Beauty is Mine Class for Survivors. Educational materials were provided to the Birmingham City Schools and Sickle Cell Foundation of Central Alabama.


Despite closing its doors on June 5th, the affiliate has been operating through its volunteer Board of Directors. The Board voted unanimously on June 1st to transition the annual More than Pink walk to a virtual walk and to refund all donors and registrants. Unfortunately, the Board received notification on August 20th from Komen Headquarters that the More than Pink walk, currently scheduled for October 24th, will be cancelled. We encourage everyone affected to request a desired refund directly from Headquarters by calling 1-877-Go-Komen or via email at info@komen.org.


Komen’s commitment to saving lives by investing in breakthrough research and meeting the most critical needs in communities is unchanged. However, how the organization delivers its mission will change to meet current needs with modern means. The organization will focus on three key mission drivers going forward:


  • Innovative breakthrough research, leveraging technology and Big Data to accelerate discoveries to find the cures and save lives.


  • Direct patient support, transforming the patient engagement and care experience, breaking down barriers through its Komen national Helpline, a universally accessible Treatment Assistance Program and developing a Komen-certified, technology-driven Patient Navigation program. We will work with key stakeholders in local communities to deliver direct patient services and achieve health equity through partnerships, collaboration and systems change.


  • Advocacy, harnessing the power of our grassroots supporters to ensure wide-ranging patient rights to life-saving cancer care and continued investment in transformational research.


Komen will continue to support local community engagement for both those who need help and those who want to help.


About Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information. Founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life, Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

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