Pennsylvania Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation to Close

The impact on Pittsburgh's annual Race for the Cure is still to be determined.

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One of the country’s largest breast cancer awareness and fundraising organizations, Susan G. Komen, is consolidating its operations by eliminating local affiliates, including the one in Pennsylvania. The decision will result in the closing of locations in Pittsburgh and Scranton by the end of the year.

The organization held its first Race for the Cure in Pittsburgh in 1993. Details of how Komen’s national headquarters will move forward with the race and other services are still to be determined, according to a news release.

“For three decades, the community has helped us to deliver services to individuals who were touched by breast cancer,” says Kathy Purcell, CEO of Komen Greater Pennsylvania. “Every contribution helped, in some way, to ease the journey of family, friends and neighbors, and we are enormously grateful for the heartfelt support shown to our affiliate over the years. Your support of the Greater PA Affiliate of Susan G. Komen saved lives.”

In nearly three decades, Komen Greater Pennsylvania raised $46 million for community education, screening and treatment initiatives and $10 million for breast cancer research.

Its remaining funds, totaling $500,000, have been donated to five nonprofit organizations: Adagio Health, Cancer Caring Center, Our Clubhouse, Candy’s Place – Cancer and Wellness Center and Northeast Regional Cancer Institute to advance the work of breast cancer education, screening and treatment.

“We are proud of our work,” Purcell says. “Although there are still some details of this transition to be determined, there is one thing I know for certain: the Greater PA Affiliate of Susan G. Komen would not have flourished without your support.”

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