Komen Memphis-Midsouth Increases Affiliate Regional Reach


MEMPHIS, TN—Today, Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth has announced its expansion from 21 to 37 counties across West Tennessee and North Mississippi. By January 2018, Komen Memphis-Mid South will merge with sister affiliate Komen Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias to create a newly unified Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi, directed in Memphis.

Since 1993, the Memphis-MidSouth affiliate has granted almost $10.5 million locally and has additionally directed more than $3 million to Komen’s national research program.

“Adding more North Mississippi counties to our already strong network will expand our reach and spur positive impact for national breast cancer researchers and local patients alike,” said Elaine Hare, CEO of Komen Memphis-MidSouth. “Next year’s merger with Central Mississippi will continue to catalyze Komen’s life-saving efforts. We are honored to lead and grow our impact regionally from right here in Memphis, a city whose story we will continue to share to our wide audience.”

Funds raised by Komen Memphis-MidSouth-Mississippi will follow a nationally established process, which sends 25% net of all income to fund research and keeps the remaining funds local. At least 50% of all funds raised will serve the areas in which they are raised.

The expansion will streamline funding for operational expenses, which will now be shared across the affiliate’s entire coverage area. New growth will also affect the grant process–a crucial aspect for Komen affiliates across the country–by consolidating efforts across counties.

Beginning next year, members from each county will serve on a newly created Grant Committee, which will evaluate all grant applications. Awarded results will be distributed fairly among geographic areas.

Komen funding is dedicated to providing local breast cancer health care, education, and support programs for area women and men who are underserved, uninsured or underinsured, as well as helping to fund ground-breaking research in the field. The organization is committed to saving lives by reducing deaths from breast cancer in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.

On October 28th, Komen Memphis-MidSouth will hold its 25th Race for the Cure, which is Komen’s largest and most-well known platform for public donations and fundraising. The race will be routed through downtown, with riverfront views and a celebratory pink Big River Crossing bridge to cap off the night.

“We are committed to ensuring that all people, regardless of what they look like, how much money they have or where they live, can have access to high quality breast health care.  We will continue to support innovative research and provide the lifesaving funds to combat breast cancer at every front,” said Hare. “Thanks to the generosity of our community and the support for our annual Race for the Cure, we are able to keep improving access to breast health resources for more women and men in need.”

Race for the Cure’s downtown Memphis location provides a central point for not only Memphians, but also regional tourists and commuters. Citizens from all new affiliate counties are invited to participate, as well as those from West Memphis, AR and other neighboring cities and towns.

Register, donate or form a team for the Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure at www.komenmemphisms.org.


Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth works to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the Mid-South community, joining more than 1 million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting the disease. For more information, call (901) 757-8686 or visit www.komenmemphisms.org.