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 $1.9 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 120+ local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.
About the Central Indiana Affiliate
Komen Central Indiana is one of four affiliates in Indiana. Of funds raised, 75% of proceeds stay local in our 21-county service area to provide grants for local breast health programs. These programs help ensure that women in Central Indiana are getting the outreach, access to care, patient navigation, treatment assistance and survivor support services they need. The remaining 25% goes to the Komen Global Research Grants program seeking the causes, improved treatments and cures for breast cancer.
Central Indiana Race for the Cure®
The Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure is the affiliate's largest fundraising event. Funds raised at the Race make it possible for us to fight cancer locally and globally throughout the year. The annual Race takes place in April, at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. This event features a competitive 5K run/walk, a non-competitive 5K, a one-mile family walk, Survivor Parade, Survivor Village, 100-yard Kids' Dash and a Kids' Zone.
In 1992, the first Indianapolis Race for the Cure® event was was organized by the local chapter of the Junior League. This inaugural Race attracted 2,400 participants and raised $35,000 to provide free screening and diagnosis services for low-income women. Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis was our first-ever grant recipient, and we still fund them to this day.
After three years under the direction of the Junior League, a group of dedicated volunteers formed the Breast Health Awareness League and assumed leadership of the Indianapolis Race for the Cure®. In September 2001, the Board elected to become an Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
In 2000, Cancer Services of Grant County, Inc. was the first organization to ever receive Komen Indianapolis dollars outside of Marion County.
In October 2010, Komen Indianapolis was renamed the Komen Central Indiana to better reflect our 21-county service area.