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The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded on a promise made between two sisters; Susan G. Komen and Nancy Brinker. Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978, when it was rarely discussed in public and little was known about the disease. Before she died at the age of 36, Suzy asked her sister to do everything possible to bring an end to breast cancer. Nancy kept her promise by establishing the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982 in Suzy's memory.

Over twenty years later, the Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Working through a network of U.S. and international Affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure events, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants, supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world, and delivering the life-saving message of early detection to hundreds of thousands of women and men. Today, we celebrate the power of a promise and how a single person's vision can make a difference in the lives of millions.

One of the most innovative and responsive grant programs in breast cancer today, the Komen Foundation Research Program has awarded more than 850 grants totaling more than $112.3 million for breast cancer research since the Foundations inception in 1982. The Komen Foundation is often the only source of funding for cutting-edge breast cancer research, much of which has led to landmark discoveries in the quest to find a cure for and eventually prevent breast cancer. Credited with bringing a new level of integrity to the grant application and review process, the Komen Foundation Research Program adheres to a peer-review process that is recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In the case of basic, clinical and translational research grants, applications are reviewed through a blind, or anonymous, peer-review process.

For over 20 years, the Komen Foundation has provided millions of dollars in funding for innovative research projects. The current research portfolio includes:
Training grants to doctoral dissertation students and postdoctoral fellows to recruit and retain young scientists in the field of breast cancer research;
Basic, clinical and translational grants that encompass a broad number of focus areas including detection, diagnosis, prognosis, risk and prevention, treatment, tumor cell biology, and complementary and alternative medicines; Imaging technology research to improve breast cancer screening and diagnosis; and
Epidemiological research to address the disparities that exist in breast cancer incidence and mortality rates among specific populations.

In addition, the Komen Foundation has a National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline that is answered by trained, caring volunteers whose lives have been personally touched by breast cancer. Call 1-800-I'M AWARE (1-800-462-9273). For the latest breast health and breast cancer information, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at www.komen.org.

1. Breast Cancer touches every ones lives, not just the lives of our daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts or grandmothers

2. Everyone should do their part to bring an end to breast cancer

3. A cure is possible