Susan G. Komen Michigan was formed on January 14th of 2015 through the collaboration of three, independent Komen affiliates: Komen Southwest Michigan, Komen Mid-Michigan and Komen West Michigan. This collaboration began when the West Michigan affiliate and Southwest affiliate shared personnel to manage administration of both offices. After working together for months, the staff and boards of directors realized that an even greater impact could be felt by widening the partnership to include the Mid-Michigan affiliate. The three organizations then determined that by joining forces while keeping local offices, outreach and races, greater savings and efficiency could be recognized, maximizing the impact on the fight against breast cancer.
Komen Michigan is an independent, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the organization’s net proceeds go towards programs and funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and survivorship programs for under-served men and women in Michigan. The organization supports three distinct service areas:
West Michigan: Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo and Montcalm counties.
Southwest Michigan: Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.
Mid-Michigan: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Shiawassee and Washtenaw counties.
The remaining 25% funds global, leading-edge research focused on the prevention of, and cures for, breast cancer.
Komen Michigan’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.