WICHITA – Susan G. Komen’s Greater Kansas City & Kansas affiliates have joined forces to form a new, more comprehensive entity: Susan G. Komen Kansas & Western Missouri, to better serve existing service areas and in anticipation of expanding efforts throughout state.
The combined organization, which will be headquartered in Leawood, KS and retain its Wichita office, will incorporate the current staff, volunteer leadership, grant-making relationships and fundraising capacities of both organizations. While the name has changed, the services offered and annual events hosted by each former affiliate remain the same.
“Joining forces with our partners in Wichita will only strengthen our efforts, increase our impact, and allow us to continue our mission on a larger scale,” remarked Kristin Cargin, Board President of the affiliate. “Realigning Greater Kansas City with Kansas makes good business sense. As the Kansas & Western Missouri affiliate we will be able to leverage our combined talent and resources to continue working to save lives and end breast cancer forever.”
“Combining our resources in a collaborative, strategic way will help us to not only increase revenue and make a more significant impact on breast cancer and breast health in our current service areas, but also better position us to expand our impact throughout the state,” said Michael A. Levine, Interim Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City affiliate. “Aligned with Komen’s ‘Bold Goal’ to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026, the new organization will continue the affiliates’ focus to fund grants that help remove financial barriers to screening and those that meet identified gaps in breast health care and education.”
The new affiliate will now oversee 112 counties: 17 counties in Eastern Kansas & Western Missouri currently covered by Komen Greater Kansas City as well as the remaining 95 counties in the State of Kansas previously led by Komen Kansas. The new affiliate plans to strategically expand over time to include counties not currently being served between these locations and in other parts of the state.
“While we have worked closely with the Greater Kansas City affiliate in the past, we are thrilled to now officially unite to better serve those throughout the state,” added Jeremy Mock, Interim Executive Director of the Kansas affiliate.
The annual Race for the Cure events will remain in each former affiliate location, including Kansas City, Hays and Wichita. Komen Kansas & Western Missouri will continue to offer valuable programs and resources, such as its grant and research funding, and educational efforts.
About Susan G. Komen® Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $988 million in research and provided more than $2.2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people 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. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.
About Susan G. Komen® Kansas & Western Missouri Komen Kansas & Western Missouri is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in their local communities. Through signature events like the Race for the Cure®, More Than Pink Walk, BigWigs and Rock the Ribbon, Komen Kansas & Western Missouri has invested more than $27.5 million in breast health programs in their 112-county Kansas and Missouri service area and has helped contribute to the more than $988 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 816.842.0410, visit komenkswmo.org or behindtheribbon.org. Connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.