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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 for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 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 123 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® South Central Wisconsin Affiliate

What is the Komen South Central Wisconsin Affiliate?

Like so many Affiliates across the country, our Affiliate started with a Race - the Susan G. Komen Madison Race for the Cure®! A group of dedicated volunteers and sponsors made Madison's first Race, in 1998, a HUGE success!

The success of the Komen South Central Wisconsin continues today with:

Komen South Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure • • Memorial/Honorarium Programs • Dance for the Cure • Cook for the Cure • Ski for the Cure • Rally for the Cure Golf Events • By Women For Women Golf Event Presented by Axley Brynelson Law Firm • Bowl for the Cure • Fit for the Cure

And many other community and corporate sponsored events that benefit the Komen Madison Affiliate.

Our appreciation and sincere gratitude go out to all of the people and sponsors who have contributed their time and talent to make these events successful- and in turn have enabled our Affiliate to be the community resource that people turn to when they hear the words, "You have breast cancer".

Who Started the Komen Madison Affiliate?

We didn't get to this level of success without the vision of our founding Committee and Board Members and very generous Sponsors.

Those people include Phil Blake, former Publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal, Susan Lubar of Citi Smith Barney, Pam Jameson, wife of then General Manager Mike Jameson - Madison Newspapers, Linda Garnett, Ann Haney, founder of the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation Dr. Judith Stitt, Laurie Irwin, Marsha Landretti, Michelle & Don Heitzinger, Bob Hudson, owner-Middleton Ford, Terry Nelson, Attorney- Foley & Lardner, Beth Zurbuchen of WISC TV3, Cecelia Timmons, Julie Ethridge, Virginia Hinshaw, Ph.D., Janet Rubleske, Sheryl Ruedebusch, Cheryl Murray, founder of Bosom Buddies, Laura Langer, Julie Dunlap, Kirsten Adams, Mary Weber, Vicki D'Orazio as well as hundreds of volunteers!

The Komen South Central Wisconsin Affiliate has grown from over 3,000 participants in the first Race to almost 6,000. Our goal is to have over 6,000 participants for our 19th Annual Race on June 4, 2016! 

Why is the Komen South Central Wisconsin Affiliate Important?

Our promise: to end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Those are more than words to the Affiliate- it is indeed our motivation, inspiration and hope.