SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Big changes are coming to Susan S. Komen’s presence in the Beehive State.
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.”
Komen Utah’s Board of Directors voted to close the state affiliate’s office according an email sent to community members and partners Friday.
Fundraising and mission program responsibilities will transition to Susan G. Komen’s national organization based in Dallas, Texas.
The organization says the “financial forecast for the next two years does not demonstrate sustainability.”
Participation in its signature fundraising event, Race for the Cure, has reportedly declined over the past several years resulting in 60 percent less revenue.
What does this change mean for Utah?
Organizations that were already slated for grants will receive their funding as planned through March 31. Utahns fighting breast cancer will continue to have access to financial assistance programs, treatment assistance, education and other resources through Komen’s national programs.
Komen By The Numbers
Over the years, Komen Utah contributed $7 million in mammograms, treatment assistance and psychosocial support programs and more than $3 million in research grants. Komen Utah says a significant percentage of research money raised in Utah for national research came back to the state at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
The Komen Utah office located in Holladay will remain open through January as staff work to wind down operations.
This is a developing story. More details will be posted as they become available.
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