Sacramento, CA — Susan G. Komen® Sacramento Valley and Komen Central Valley are proud to announce they have joined forces to strengthen operations, expand their service area and increase their impact. Susan G. Komen® Northern & Central California will serve 9 new counties in northern and central California: Alpine, Inyo, Kings, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, and Tulare. The counties that will continue to be served are: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba. This increase of service area will total 29 counties.
Susan G. Komen’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Last year, Komen announced a bold new goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026. To accomplish this goal, Komen is focusing heavily on investments in research for new early detection methods and treatments for aggressive and metastatic breast cancer, as well as addressing disparities in access to and timely utilization of quality breast cancer care to improve outcomes.
Komen Northern and Central California will continue to play a significant role in both of these strategic focus areas, as 25% of net funds raised locally are invested in Komen’s national research program, and up to 75% goes to local community programs that focus on saving lives through breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment.
Thanks to community support and the annual Central Valley Race for the Cure and Sacramento Valley Race for the Cure, nearly $22 million has gone to both breast cancer research and community programs for breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment to those battling breast cancer since the inception of both Affiliates.
Susan G. Komen Northern and Central California will be led by fifteen board of directors from both Sacramento and the Central Valley. Board President Jazz Sidhu of Fresno will take the helm, Kelly MacMillan of Sacramento will continue as Executive Director and Sharon Johnson from Fresno will serve as Director of Grants and Mission. Komen Northern and Central California will remain to have two full time offices in Sacramento and Fresno to serve the community, and both annual Race for the Cure events will continue in their respective areas.
“We are very excited to expand our support and reach more underserved, uninsured and underinsured in Northern and Central California,” said Kelly MacMillan, Executive Director. “Working together in a strategic way will enable us to grow revenue and increase our community impact to save lives.”