Fort Worth Komen affiliate focusing on cancer cure and services

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This year, more than 1,300 women in the greater Fort Worth area of Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, and Hood counties will learn that they have breast cancer. About 225 women in this same area will die from the disease this year.

These women and their families deserve our community's support. The Greater Fort Worth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure stands ready, in its 21st year, to fund research and services for local women and their families. Because of Komen's work, the death rate from breast cancer is down and survival rates are up.

The upcoming race on April 6 again gives us an opportunity to reflect on these local women -- and men -- who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. We can rededicate ourselves to the work of finding a cure.

As founders of the Greater Fort Worth Komen Affiliate, we know well the heartache and pain caused by breast cancer. One of us is a three-time survivor of this disease.

Not only have we traveled a rocky path to fight the disease, we also traveled a rocky path last year as part of a larger national conversation about the organization. Yet, over this past year, we have remained dedicated to this community, which we study carefully through needs assessments. This research then guides our grants to local organizations.

Since our beginning in 1992, our local affiliate has raised more than $20 million to fight the disease right here in greater Fort Worth. Of all funds raised here, 75 percent is given through direct grants to local organizations that provide free or low-cost screening mammograms, medical treatment, education and support services for all who need them.

Twenty-five percent goes straight to national medical research initiatives. When combined with contributions from the other 122 Komen affiliates, we make an incredible impact on cancer research to find new and innovative treatments and the cures for breast cancer. Certainly, we are grateful for the promise Nancy Brinker made to her sister. That promise so far has resulted in nearly $2 billion raised over 30 years, making Komen the largest nongovernmental funder of breast cancer research in the world.

Another promise underlies the history of Komen Greater Fort Worth, a promise between the two of us to make sure that every person in our area has access to the care she needs and deserves.

This promise to our community truly matters. When women and men hear a diagnosis of breast cancer, they and their families are counting on us. Through our local race, we hope others will help us help local residents through our Greater Fort Worth Affiliate.

Komen is about a gift of love from one sister to another and a gift of friendship from one friend to another. The promise is to find a cure and to help those whose lives have been forever changed by breast cancer. It has never and will never be about anything else.

Rozanne Rosenthal, in honor of her friend Joan Katz, a three-time breast cancer survivor, founded the Greater Fort Worth affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1992.

info@komengreaterfw.org

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