Susan G. Komen Arizona announces closure, race cancellation

Komen Race for the Cure, Phoenix, Arizona, October 12, 2014. (Photo by Rick D’Elia)

Susan G. Komen Arizona has announced its decision to cease operations effective July 31.

Consequently, the Phoenix Race for the Cure event, previously scheduled for October, has been cancelled, according to a press release. Local organizations that were selected for Komen grants in March will be funded through March 31, 2018, the release states.

In addition, despite the closure of the local Komen Affiliate, Susan G. Komen will be transitioning the state to its national mission and community engagement programs.

Arizona residents may access treatment, clinical trial, education and other patient support programs through Komen’s national Help Line at 1-877-GO-KOMEN or through komen.org. Supporters also can continue to support the breast cancer cause in ways that are meaningful for them through Komen’s national fundraising and advocacy programs.

Photo by Rick D’Elia

“Over the last 24 years our local affiliate has proudly served the women and men in Arizona and we are so grateful to the community for their relentless support,” said Komen Arizona Board President, Jill Bray, in the press release.

“Unfortunately, participation in our race and other fundraising initiatives has declined, limiting our ability to continue to fulfill our mission locally. We are guiding our affiliate toward a responsible closure and applying remaining resources and donations toward local programs that provide support for screening and treatment of breast cancer in our state.”

Komen Arizona has contributed more than $26 million for Arizona breast cancer programs and services, making it the largest private grantor of breast cancer funds in the state. In addition, the affiliate has invested more than $9 million as part of Komen’s national breast cancer research program and to date, $4.4 million has returned to the state through 19 research grants to researchers at Arizona institutions.

“Our intent is to maximize the amount of grant funds available to local Arizona organizations,” Komen Arizona Executive Director, Christina Mencuccini said in the press release.

“This year’s grantees will receive their funding as planned. We are working closely with our staff, volunteers, sponsors and other stakeholders to provide a smooth transition.”

In 2016 Komen Arizona helped fund education for 177,838 individuals; 50,695 screening mammograms; 8,747 diagnostic procedures; and breast cancer treatment for 7,086 women and men with no other resources or options for care.  This year, Komen Arizona provided $418,997 in grants to nine local nonprofits across Arizona that will deliver breast cancer education, screening, diagnostics and treatment support through 2018.

Visit http://komenarizona.org/ for further information or call 602-544-2873 until July 31. Registration checks and fees for the Phoenix Race for the Cure will be fully refunded, the press release stated.

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