Circle of Promise

In San Diego, despite having lower breast cancer incidence rates, African American women’s’ mortality rates are 41 percent higher than their counterparts. The same research indicates that African American women are often diagnosed at later stages, sometimes with more aggressive forms of cancer and at younger ages.  Komen San Diego is working to change this reality. Using best practices learned through a ground-breaking Latina initiative, we are conducting intensive peer-to-peer education where these women live, work, shop, pray or play. This effort allows Komen San Diego to bring education and medical services to a community where none exists.  Without it, at least 300 women would not be screened; and thousands more would not benefit from the permanent improvements to community health networks.

Community Organization 

Building partnerships and leveraging strategic relationships to address barriers by pooling resources, sharing best practices, reducing redundancies in services, and uniting partners around the project’s goals and objectives.

Direct Education 

Komen-supported community educators provide direct outreach and aid women in scheduling a mammogram appointment. These educators also provide continuous follow-up to support women through the process and increase the rate of completed mammograms.

Screening and Navigation Services

Komen’s community organizing practices help identify available services, ensure that services meet the standard 60-day quality care benchmarks and provide supplementary grants to fill any gaps in screening. Additionally, Komen uses a grant-funded patient navigator to coordinate follow-up.

Heroes Among Us

Debra Denise Hampton

Read her story and learn why she is involved with Komen San Diego’s Circle of Promise. Click here to read →

Sheri Hendrix

Learn why Sheri is an advocate for prioritizing your health. Click here to read →

Lilian Vanvieldt-Gray 

Lilian is a Stage III Patient and BRCA II carrier to empower who wants to help educate San Diegans and African Americans about the importance of early detection. Continue reading →


Today, black women in the U.S. are about 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. We can change that fact. Take action—get educated and empower yourself to know your girls. 

Know Your Girls is a national public service communications effort to educate and inspire black women to understand their risk for breast cancer and to take charge of their breast health by engaging with information and tools that can ultimately promote early detection – and, when combined with effective treatment, save lives.


Take Charge of Your Breast Health

No one can control whether or not they get breast cancer–but there’s a lot we can control to keep ourselves, and our breasts, as healthy as possible. Here are five ways to get on top of your breast health and live your healthiest life.

Know Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Know What's Normal for Your Breasts

Get Screened for Breast Cancer

Make Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Be Your Own Best Advocate

There are so many things in this life we can’t control. We owe it to ourselves, and the people who love us, to take charge of the things we can.

How You Can Join the Circle

Join us: register today at and make your promise to take care of yourself first and then become an ambassador to your community! We’ll provide you with all of the resources and tools you need to make changes in your own life and to share lifesaving messages with others.

Spread the word: invite your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters, and co-workers to join the Circle of Promise. Tell them you want them to join you in the fight against breast cancer’s attack on the African American community before it’s too late.

Be active in your commitment: continue to fight with us by supporting public policy efforts, helping us to raise funds for research, and by making sure that the Circle of Promise is alive in your community!

Worship in Pink: Worship in Pink is a collaboration between local faith-based organizations and the San Diego Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Our goal is to increase breast health awareness and decrease breast cancer in the community by working with you, our Worship in Pink Ambassadors. We hope each Ambassador will organize a breast health awareness event at her church during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month or any time of the year.

Community Resource Advocate in San Diego

Wendy Shurelds is Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Community Resource Advocate for Circle of Promise. Wendy’s passion is in advocating for all women, and specifically for achieving health equity for African American women through education, empowerment to make their breast health a priority, and ensuring access to quality breast health resources.

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about the Circle of Promise, please email or call (858) 573-2760 x 108.



Support for the Susan G. Komen® Circle of Promise California Initiative is made possible in part by a grant from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, LLC.

Circle of Promise® San Diego Sponsors: 

Torrey Pines Bank