History

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 $800 million in research and provided more than $1.6 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.

The Komen Evansville Race for the Cure was first held in 1998 and drew an incredible 5,000 participants, surpassing all local and national expectations. The Greater Evansville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1999 and that year the Race for the Cure drew 10,230 people and raised $465,000. In addition, $158,000 was granted out to organizations in the 28 county service area and 25% of funds raised were also given to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program. 

In 2012, our name was changed to Evansville Tri-State Affiliate of Susan G Komen, but our mission remained the same.  See below for a year by year breakdown of race participants, monies raised, monies granted and money given to Komen National for research.

Number

  Race   Year

Participants

Total Year-End Funds Raised

Local Grants

Research

1

1998

5,200

2

1999

10,230

$158,000.00

$57,861.00

3

2000

14,275

$262,938.00

$97,847.00

4

2001

15,739

$430,000.00

$162,673.00

5

2002

16,376

$418,798.00

$147,230.00

6

2003

14,297

$463,047.00

$154,194.00

7

2004

15,432

$978,701.00

$459,872.00

$157,079.00

8

2005

14,571

$821,903.00

$454,797.00

$219,749.00

9

2006

14,717

$963,718.00

$416,009.00

$208,977.00

10

2007

16,898

$893,339.00

$500,908.00

$171,001.00

11

2008

18,411

$1,116,553.00

$601,787.00

$192,183.00

12

2009

15,587

$1,187,377.00

$474,679.00

$204,687.00

13

2010

15,111

$1,092,956.00

$498,369.00

$215,371.00

14

2011

14,001

$987,825.00

$506,968.00

$212,555.00

15

2012

12,002

$949,456.00

$516,810.00

$167,849.00

16

2013

10,568

$838,283.00

$380,421.00

$154,093.00