The relative survival rate for all stages of breast cancer was 85% and for localized breast cancer was 96.5% and Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth held its first Race for the Cure.
Today the 5-year survival rate for early detected breast cancer is 99%.
In those 27 years we have funded nearly $11,800,000 in local community grants and over $3,700,000 in breast cancer research. All raised right here in the Mid-South.
Even though we have a national name we are a local non-profit. We are locally incorporated and governed and what we raise here is what we grant here. Let me say that in another way: what we have available to grant is from the funds we raise ourselves, here in our community. That is why your support is critical.
Our service area is 14 counties in West Tennessee and the entire state of Mississippi, from the boot hill of Missouri to the Mississippi Gulf shores, we are THE provider of breast health care for all members of our community. We fund health care for the uninsured and under-insured, for women and for men, for the 29 year-old and the 59 year-old.
We believe that where you live should not determine if you live. We act on that belief every day.
We can’t do what we do without community support. Your race registration matters. It matters to your friends, family, and neighbors. It matters to the health care fabric in our community.
Our grants ensure that our local non-profit hospitals and health care providers have the funds to continue to provide the best breast health care that everyone in our community deserves.
We believe it is time to go beyond breast cancer awareness. Even though we have accomplished much, more than 42,000 will die from breast cancer in the US this year. That is 115 people every day.
Every step we take helps our neighbors right here in the Mid-South and brings us closer to a world without breast cancer. Fighting breast cancer and saving more lives takes more than just a pretty color. It takes cutting-edge RESEARCH, CARE, COMMUNITY, AND ACTION.
It’s showing our brothers and sisters that no matter what they’re going through they are not alone. It’s time to go beyond breast cancer awareness.
Thank you for joining us in saving lives here at home,
CEO, Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi