Statement on the Loss of Denise Bohn

Media Contact:
Jennifer Jurgens
616-752-8262 x2015

MICHIGAN – April 19, 2016.  Jennifer Jurgens, executive director of Susan G. Komen Michigan released the following statement regarding the loss of long-time Komen supporter and current staff member, Denise Bohn:

“Our hearts are breaking at the news of Denise’s tragic passing this morning.  She was an invaluable member of our Komen Michigan family, who was passionate about helping others.  She served Komen Michigan in a variety of capacities over the years, from board member and spokesperson, to most recently as serving as development director for our Southwest Region. An eight-year breast cancer survivor, Denise made a significant difference on the lives of countless women and men across Southwest Michigan.

“Denise recently noted that ‘The reason I am so vocal and outspoken against this disease is because of how it attacks…it does not discriminate. Age, Race, Gender, Smart, Healthy, Funny, Bright, Middle Class, Wealthy, Making Ends Meet….cancer does not care. So we must!’

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Denise’s three children and family during this difficult time.”


About Susan G. Komen Michigan: 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 underserved men and women in Michigan. The remaining 25% of net proceeds 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.  For more information call 616-752-8262 or visit

About Susan G. Komen: 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. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided more than $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs.  Komen has worked in more than 60 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 or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on Facebook at and Twitter @SusanGKomen