About Us


Susan G. Komen (left)
with her sister Nancy Brinker.

Fulfilling the Promise

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer and at the same time help women who were suffering.

Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen ®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Susan G. Komen ® is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion in breast cancer research since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 122 local Affiliate offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a group of people who, like Susan, wanted to makea difference.


Our Work

Komen San Diego is fighting every minute of every day to achieve our vision of the world without breast cancer. Until we do, we continue to fund the County’s largest program of free breast cancer treatments, services and support. Next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.

Susan G. Komen San Diego

Susan G. Komen San Diego is the only organization in San Diego County that exclusively addresses the fight against breast cancer on all levels. We have one clear mission: saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. We study San Diego County every 2 years to formulate our community profile, which informs us of where the gaps in breast cancer care are and what barriers to access there are.

We save lives by funding:
• Free diagnostic mammograms
• Free diagnostic services for women without insurance
• Help with life expenses, medical expenses, rent, food, meal delivery, child care and transportation
• Public awareness and education about breast cancer issues
• Support for women diagnosed with cancer who are enrolled in treatment programs
• Research to discover and deliver the cures

Change the System. Be the Solution.

You can be the difference. You can help end breast cancer forever. The Komen Champions for the Cure® advocacy program is focused on education Congress, federal officials, state legislators and other policy makers about breast cancer through community involvement. Komen Champions for the Cure was inspired by the commitment and force of Komen volunteers who want to join the fight. From breast cancer research to early detection and quality care, Komen Champions for the Cure aims to influence the federal government on crucial breast cancer issues by contacting Members of Congress. By challenging candidates and those in public office to make breast cancer a priority, you can change the system and you can be the solution to breast cancer. Click here to register for the Advocacy Alliance through Komen National.

Mission Statement

Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in San Diego County and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.


The Susan G. Komen promise: to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.


Everyone in San Diego County has access to breast cancer education and services.