Introducing Susan G. Komen New England!

Nonprofit organization will continue to provide lifesaving local services

(BOSTON, MA) January 12, 2017 – Susan G. Komen® Southern New England and Susan G. Komen Vermont-New Hampshire, two Affiliates of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest network of breast cancer survivors and advocates, have announced a merger, effective today. The two 501(c)(3) organizations will operate as Susan G. Komen New England.

“By coming together as a combined Affiliate and reducing administrative costs, the impact we will have on local families facing breast cancer will be much greater,” said Lori van Dam, Susan G. Komen New England CEO. “I am confident that the team we have in place will help move the needle towards reaching Komen’s bold goal.”

That bold goal, recently announced by Susan G. Komen, is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026. To accomplish this, the organization plans to improve access to quality and timely cancer care for the underserved and enhance Komen’s research focus on lethal and particularly aggressive breast cancers.

Komen New England will be governed by its local Board of Directors, ensuring that residents facing the greatest burden from breast cancer have access to necessary resources. Van Dam explains that local events—such as the Race for the Cure®—fund support for local uninsured and underinsured residents, as well as contribute to research nationally. The new Affiliate will maintain offices and staff in Farmington, CT, Westborough, MA, and Manchester, VT.

Each Affiliate began with Races for the Cure in both Boston, MA, and Manchester, VT in 1993, and in Hartford, CT in 1994, also hosting Races in Portsmouth, NH, and Westport, CT. Together, each Affiliate has invested nearly $12 million in Connecticut organizations, $9 million in Massachusetts organizations, and $8 million in Vermont and New Hampshire organizations providing breast health services to underinsured residents. Combined, Susan G. Komen New England has contributed more than $8 million to support national breast cancer research.

As part of its national research grants program, Susan G. Komen has awarded more than $68 million for breast cancer research in Massachusetts, $9 million for breast cancer research in Connecticut, and nearly $4 million for breast cancer research in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Susan G. Komen New England is one of 100 affiliates of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds support breast cancer programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and the remaining twenty-five percent is invested in Komen’s national research program.

About Susan G. Komen® New England
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen New England is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Susan G. Komen New England began with Races for the Cure® in Boston and Manchester, VT in 1993 and Hartford in 1994. The Affiliate has invested nearly $12 million in Connecticut organizations, $9 million in Massachusetts organizations, and $8 million in Vermont and New Hampshire organizations providing breast health services to uninsured and underinsured residents. The Affiliate has also contributed more than $8 million to support breast cancer research.

Susan G. Komen has awarded more than more than $68 million for breast cancer research in Massachusetts, $9 million for breast cancer research in Connecticut, and nearly $4 million for breast cancer research in Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information, call 508.366.1945 or visit KomenNewEngland.org.