Introducing Susan G. Komen® Missouri!


We are thrilled to share exciting news!

Susan G. Komen® St. Louis and Susan G. Komen® Mid-Missouri are joining forces to make a bigger impact in the local fight against breast cancer and will operate as one entity: Susan G. Komen® Missouri. At the same time, we are expanding our service area to include five additional counties not previously served by Komen. Komen Missouri will serve 31 counties in Missouri and seven counties in southwestern Illinois.

We have a strong commitment to the people of Missouri and southwestern Illinois. For that reason, it made great sense to us to combine our resources as well as expand into additional counties (Gasconade and Monroe in Missouri and Bond, Calhoun and Jersey in Illinois).

Our mission drives all we do, and with this change we are continuing to put our mission and the people we serve first. As Komen Missouri, we will now have greater potential to strengthen our presence and our impact in the local fight against breast cancer. We will maximize grant funding to local breast health programs to help even more women and men across Missouri and southwestern Illinois access the best resources to find breast cancer early and then beat the disease.


As Komen Missouri, we will continue to fund breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient navigation and support services to local women and men who are most at risk and most in need, while also funding cutting-edge breast cancer research.

Our consolidated organization will combine staff and volunteer leadership, grant-making relationships and fundraising capacities to strengthen our operations, with the overall goal of maximizing the resources and support available for the entire – and now larger – service area.

Key Information About Komen Missouri

  • Komen Missouri will operate from two offices, one in Greater St. Louis, based in Olivette, and one in Mid-Missouri, based in Columbia
  • Each local Race for the Cure® will continue. The 2016 Greater St. Louis Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, in downtown St. Louis. The Mid-Missouri Race will take place in Columbia in fall 2016.
  • Helen Chesnut, executive director of Komen St. Louis, will serve as executive director of Komen Missouri
  • Renee Hall, board president of Komen St. Louis, will serve as president of Komen Missouri’s board of directors.
  • Komen Missouri’s service area includes Adair, Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Howard, Jefferson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Perry, Randolph, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis City, St. Louis, Warren and Washington counties in Missouri; and Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois

Komen Missouri staff and volunteers will continue to focus on the most important aspect of our work – translating the generosity of the people in our community into funds for programs and resources that will help save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Together with your continued support, we will make an impact in the local fight against breast cancer.

Same Mission. Same Races. More Places. New Name: Susan G. Komen Missouri.


Collaboration: National Treatment Assistance Fund

2015KomenNCR-NBCAMGraphicFaceookCover-GeneralThe costs of breast cancer treatment can impose a significant financial burden on survivors. The Susan G. Komen® National Treatment Assistance Fund helps bridge the gap for individuals who are actively undergoing breast cancer treatment.

The aim of the National Treatment Assistance Fund is to increase the number of individuals who remain in the breast cancer continuum of care by providing financial assistance to ensure adherence and completion of breast cancer treatment. Funding helps individuals of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, at any stage of the disease.

The fund provides two types of financial assistance – assistance grants and co-pay – based upon need and eligibility requirements. This limited financial assistance program is currently administered by CancerCare and the co-pay program is currently administered by Patient Advocate Foundation.

Limited financial assistance grants of $300 are awarded to underinsured or uninsured individuals across the country in need of:

  • Pain and anti-nausea medication
  • Lymphedema support and supplies with a prescription
  • Durable medical equipment ordered by their physician
  • Transportation to and from treatment
  • Childcare and/or eldercare necessitated by treatment
  • Oral medication for cancer treatment

Co-Pay Relief up to $5000 is provided for insured patients who qualify medically and financially to help with the co-pays for their prescriptions and/or pharmaceutical treatments.

For both programs, financial assistance is granted to individuals who meet pre-determined eligibility criteria.

Learn more:

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Collaboration: Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance

2015KomenNCR-NBCAMGraphicFaceookCover-GeneralMetastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body. In the U.S., most women with metastatic cancer develop it when cancer returns at some point after their initial breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In October 2013, Susan G. Komen® joined forces with 14 other cancer charities and advocacy groups to form the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance (MBC Alliance).

11057533_10156261301990157_1503441011465380924_nThe MBC Alliance aims to unify the efforts of its members and to increase awareness and education while advancing research and policy – efforts for metastatic breast cancer that have the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately find a cure.

Learn more at

Watch the MBC Alliance’s video about the experiences of women living with MBC:

Additional information on Metastatic Breast Cancer:

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Collaboration: Young Women

2015KomenNCR-NBCAMGraphicFaceookCover-GeneralThough most women who get breast cancer are over age 50, young women can and do get breast cancer. Fewer than five percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year occur in women under 40.

At a time in life most often focused on family and career, young women face some unique challenges when it comes to breast cancer, including being concerned about loss of fertility and sexual dysfunction following treatment.  Here are some examples of Susan G. Komen collaborating with other nonprofit organizations to specifically address the challenges faced by young women with breast cancer:


In 2013, Susan G. Komen® sponsored the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) Research Think Tank to gather approximately 60 researchers, medical experts, and educated research advocates to help YSC prioritize unanswered research questions affecting young women with breast cancer.

Read the resulting report:


That same year, Komen partnered with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF) and the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) to advance research into side effects of breast cancer treatment, along with research into the causes of, and preventive strategies for, breast cancer.

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Conference Sponsorships

Over the last few years, Komen was a proud to sponsor the Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer (Lead Sponsor) and the international Breast Cancer in Young Women Conferences, funding travel scholarships to provide much needed financial assistance for young survivors and patients to attend the annual conference and ensure that the patient voice was incorporated into the research conversation.

Komen also sponsored patient and patient advocate travel scholarships for the inaugural YSC Summit in March 2015 in Houston, TX. This three-day national conference attracted 535 attendees and featured inspirational speakers, workshops addressing the unique issues that young women with breast cancer face, and special wellness activities. In addition, Komen sponsored a YSC Regional Symposium that was held in June 2015 in Washington, DC to a sold-out audience of 250 attendees. This one-day symposium offered survivors and co-survivors the opportunity to explore specific topics, such as sex and intimacy, resiliency and caring for the survivor. Find the most up-to-date, evidence-based information and tools.

Learn more:

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Collaboration: Global

2015KomenNCR-NBCAMGraphicFaceookCover-GeneralSusan G. Komen® believes that where a woman lives shouldn’t determine if she lives. So Komen is fighting breast cancer in countries across the globe to reduce breast cancer mortality worldwide.

Here are two examples of Komen global collaborations:

Africa: Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon

Breast and cervical cancers take a particularly devastating toll on women in developing countries. In fact, they’re the leading causes of cancer deaths among women in sub-Saharan Africa. Komen is partnering with numerous U.S. and African organizations and working to put an end to these cancer deaths.

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) was cofounded in September 2011 by Susan G. Komen®, the George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. Presidents’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

PRRR aims to cost-effectively integrate cervical and breast cancer services into existing health service delivery platforms, beginning by leveraging the PEPFAR infrastructure for HIV/AIDS. Programs are active in Zambia and Tanzania.

Susan G. Komen’s/PRRR’S overarching global objective is to save the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer by down-staging the disease at diagnosis and facilitating access to timely treatment. Early stage diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with significantly improved treatment outcomes.

Learn more:

Latin America: Komen and the Caterpillar Foundation

Breast cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer deaths in women of Latin America. Several countries exhibit some of the highest mortality rates in the world. Komen works with the Ministries of Health and local organizations in Latin America to educate women about breast cancer and break down barriers to help women access breast health care.

In Latin America, Susan G. Komen and the Caterpillar Foundation have partnered to improve detection of breast cancer and save lives by increasing awareness, strengthening services, and removing barriers to accessing early screening, treatment and cancer care in program communities.

The project initiated in 2011 as two-year collaboration with the Caterpillar Foundation and received additional partnership funding resulting in a three-year extension for activities to continue through 2016. Programs under the Caterpillar grant are active in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama.

Learn more:

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Breast Cancer Research: Susan G. Komen® Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center

2015KomenNCR-NBCAMGraphicFaceookCover-ResearchSince 2007, Susan G. Komen® has invested more than $7.5 million to support the Susan G. Komen® Tissue Bank at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center – the only healthy breast tissue repository in the world. By studying normal tissue, the tissue bank accelerates research on the causes and prevention of breast cancer.

To more deeply understand the evolution of the disease, it is necessary to compare abnormal, cancerous tissue against normal, healthy tissue. By providing researchers with high quality normal breast tissue and matched serum, plasma and DNA, the Komen Tissue Bank accelerates research for the causes and prevention of breast cancer.

Learn more about the Komen Tissue Bank:

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Breast Cancer Research: Research Advocacy

2015KomenNCR-NBCAMGraphicFaceookCover-ResearchAt Susan G. Komen®, we have a unique community of dedicated volunteer research advocates, who, through our Advocates in Science (AIS) program, work to reduce the burden of breast cancer in their communities.

Research advocates bring the patient’s voice to research, ensuring that the unique and valuable perspectives of breast cancer patients, survivors and co-survivors are integrated into the scientific dialogue and decisions, which impact progress toward ending breast cancer.

Research advocates play a variety of roles throughout the research process. Advocates do everything from educating others about research to participating in research grant peer reviews and working with or as part of scientific teams to help prioritize, develop and implement research projects.

To learn more and to join the program:

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