RESEARCH: My Komen Story

As someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, I am confident that the work of Susan G. Komen is saving lives. We started as a grass-roots effort in 1982 when Susan G. Komen challenged her sister Nancy G. Brinker to do all she could to end breast cancer forever and have now become the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research in the world. Our roots are humble, and our work is ground-breaking.

Somewhere between 1982 and today, your life was impacted by Komen. What’s your story?

For me, Komen entered my life at the age of 35 when I was diagnosed with Stage III HER2-positive breast cancer that left me facing chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation and reconstruction. I was unsure of what my future may hold. But I was lucky because someone, some time ago, had supported Susan G. Komen, which made it possible for Komen to fund the research and development of the drug Herceptin that ultimately saved my life. Hear more of my story with the video below that was put together by Ford, one of Komen’s largest corporate supporters.

This Mother’s Day, join me in celebrating the women, and men, in our lives that have been impacted by breast cancer. Honor those loved ones by making a donation in their name. Then, share your story on social media.

Plus, when you donate today our Local Area Ford dealers will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, to help ensure we will reach our Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026.

Thank you,

Cati Diamond Stone
Executive Director, Komen Atlanta