Of course, no discussion of breast cancer awareness and charity would be possible without Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
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® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. 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 cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
My now-local affiliate, Susan G. Komen Twin Cities, organizes a Mother’s Day Race for the Cure at the Mall of America. Last May was their 18th Race and my first, and was the second largest Race in the country. Go, Minnesota!
Each local Komen affiliate donates at least 25% of their proceeds to national efforts, but up to 75% stays local. So most of the money raised at the Mall of America stayed in Minnesota; most of the money raised in San Diego last November stayed in California.