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Financial Resources —Did you know that there are many financial resources that can help people living with breast cancer? Find out more


Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 122 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.

The Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen

We began our journey in 1997 as a small group of women hoping to make a difference. Fifteen years later, we have certainly done just that. Having invested more than $3 million dollars to education, screening and treatment programs in the State of Maine and over $840,000 to breast cancer research, we are very proud of what we've accomplished. The race is not over until a cure is found, however. We will continue to expand our fundraising and educational efforts until our vision of a world without breast cancer is realized.