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Brainerd Lakes- About Us
Who We Are
Susan G. Komen® in the Brainerd Lakes area, began as one of Komen Affiliates around the world with a service area of Aitkin, Cass and Crow Wing counties in central Minnesota. On April 1st, 2010, it was merged with the Minnesota Affiliate, which serves the entire state. This merger provides synergies of administration, fundraising, and grant distribution.
The Brainerd Lakes Affiliate began in 1999 and granted over $600,000 to community breast health programs through its major fundraiser, the Race for the Cure®.
- Grants fund educational programs, screening, treatment, as well as national research.
- Grants are awarded each year to non-profit organizations such as hospitals and community organizations
- Twenty-five percent of the net proceeds raised fund national breast cancer research through the highly regarded Komen Research and Awards Program.
The Minnesota Affiliate, formed in 1993, has raised more than $46 million for breast cancer programs, distributing more than $700,000.00 in 2019 alone. Click Here to view a list of our current grantees.
What We Do
The Susan G. Komen® mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
We are dedicated to curing breast cancer at every stage – from the causes to the cures, to the pain and anxiety of every moment in between.
Empowering people: In over 25 years, Susan G. Komen has become the largest grass roots organization in the world, with over 75,000 volunteers working in 82 affiliates to raise over $2.2 billion toward the goals of the Komen promise. The Race for the Cure is the largest fundraiser for the organization. It was the first race for a cause ever, beginning in Dallas in 1982 with 800 women participating and now has millions of men and women running and walking for a cure.
Ensuring quality care for all: Up to 75% of all net profits remains in the local affiliate’s service area to fund grants for screening, treatment and education with focus on the underinsured and underserved.
Energizing science to find the cures: At least 25% of the net profits goes directly to the highly regarded Susan G. Komen Grants Program to fund research. None of these funds are used for administrative costs. Grants are awarded through a blind evaluation process to scientists around the world to fund innovative research toward better treatment and finding cures for the many types of breast cancer. Awards are given to those with proven success.
Much progress has been made in 25 years, from the time when a diagnosis of ‘the big C’ meant, at worst, at death sentence or, at best, a woman would lose chest and arm muscle, to treatment with lumpectomy and short courses of radiation and/or chemotherapy. With the dedication of our volunteers and support of our sponsors and local communities, we continue to work diligently towards the Komen vision: A world without breast cancer.