Susan G. Komen announces bold initiative to cut breast cancer mortality in half by 2026

Contact: Olivia Adams, Byrum & Fisk Communications
Phone: (616) 726-7705

Komen Michigan commits to reducing breast cancer mortality in Michigan through expanded, local breast health services and cutting-edge research

LANSING – Susan G. Komen Michigan (Komen MI) announced today its commitment to cutting breast cancer mortality in half right here in Michigan by 2026. This is part of Susan G. Komen’s national announcement of its Big Bold Goal to reduce breast cancer mortality over the next 10 years by 50 percent in the United States.

“Komen MI is committed to saving lives and reducing breast cancer mortality in Michigan, and if women use the breast health resources that are available to them today, we can immediately reduce breast cancer mortality by 30 percent,” said Komen MI Executive Director Jennifer Jurgens and breast cancer survivor. “Every woman deserves access to proper breast cancer screenings and treatments, and by working together with strategic community partners, we can accomplish this big bold goal in 10 years or less by eliminating barriers to breast health services.”

Komen MI has identified several barriers preventing Michigan women from receiving the breast health services they need, including financial, cultural and language barriers, transportation issues, and a lack of knowledge. Komen MI is working to address these barriers through targeted, culturally-relevant education programs, screenings, diagnostics, transportation and survivor support programs. Through these efforts, Komen MI has touched more than 85,000 lives in Michigan in 2015 alone.

“We applaud Komen MI for tirelessly working to ensure all women receive the breast cancer screenings and treatment they need,” said Dr. James G. Herman, Sparrow Cancer Center Medical Director and Komen MI partner. “Our partnership with Komen MI allows us to provide life-saving services to our patients. Through community programs and a continued commitment to cutting-edge breast cancer research, we will be able to significantly reduce breast cancer mortality over the next 10 years.”

Money raised by Komen MI stays right here in Michigan to support lifesaving programs and research. Over the last 20 years, Komen MI has provided over $12 million to local breast health programs. Working together with community partners, Komen MI aims to reduce breast cancer mortality by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer early on, which provided me with the best, possible prognosis. I am grateful for everything Komen MI is doing to ensure all women have access to much-needed breast health services,” said Jennifer Nelson, chief business development officer at the Michigan Economic Development Center and breast cancer survivor. “We can’t wait any longer to achieve this bold goal. Now is the time to take action so we can save the lives of countless women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.”

Community members looking to help support Komen MI’s bold goal can sign up for the Race for the Cure on Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids. People can also get involved with Komen MI by hosting a fundraiser, making a donation or becoming a volunteer. For more information about Komen MI and its bold goal, visit komenmichigan.org.

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About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Michigan
Komen Michigan is committed to saving lives and reducing breast cancer mortality in Michigan. Through targeted, culturally-relevant education programs, screenings, diagnostics, transportation, survivor support programs and events like Race for the Cure®, Komen Michigan has touched more than 85,000 lives in Michigan in 2015 alone. Over the last 20 years, Komen Michigan has funded $12 million in community breast health programs across 24 counties, filling the gap for much-needed services across the region. For more information, call 616-752-8262 or visit www.komenmichigan.org.