Fulfilling the Promise
Nancy G. 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, which launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cure. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
Breast Cancer Then and Now
Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer. From transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease, to turning millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors, we are proud of our contribution to some real victories:
- More early detection – nearly 75 percent of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30 percent received a clinical exam)
- More hope – the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when detected before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).
- More research – the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
- More survivors – America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives
Cintas Corporation is Helping
Cintas is proud to support the Susan G. Komen foundation with companywide fund raising. Cintas employees can purchase the “Knots for Hope” neckwear collection from MMG Corporation, along with pink tee shirts, polos, dress shirts, and blouses. The proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.