At Susan G. Komen, our mission is pretty simple: to save lives and end breast cancer forever. How we do it…well, that’s a bit more complex. We educate, support research, offer grants that provide financial and emotional assistance and advocate for better breast cancer policy. But in a broader sense, we empower others, ensure quality care for all, and invest in science to find the cures.
Susan G. Komen Ozark was established in 1998 by a group of dedicated community volunteers who wanted to help increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to support the promise of saving lives. Shortly after the Affiliate founding, the first Race for the Cure was held on April 17, 1999 at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The 5K Run/Walk and 2K Family Walk raised $120,000 and has grown to raising nearly $875,000 in 2014.
Since 1998, the Ozark Affiliate has brought a local focus to an important public health concern. The Affiliate continues to grow to meet the ever increasing need for breast health services, education, treatment assistance, support and navigation for those underinsured and uninsured members of the community. Through the hard work of volunteers and staff, Komen Ozark continues to look for ways to grow and support more communities. The first expansion of the service area happened in 2009, when two additional counties-Boone and Newton were annexed into the service area for a total of eight counties. The second expansion was in 2011, when the Affiliate annexed Stone and Taney Counties located in Missouri. As of July 2011, the Ozark Affiliate service area includes; Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Madison, Newton, Sebastian and Washington Counties in Arkansas and Stone and Taney Counties in Missouri.