Komen Kentucky FAQ

Susan G. Komen Kentucky, headquartered in Louisville, continues to serve the women and men of Lexington. While we are consolidating our operations into our Louisville office, nothing should change for our supporters or the women and men we support in Lexington. All programs and services will continue throughout Fayette County and surrounding areas, and we are looking forward to our Lexington Race for the Cure this October.


Q: What is happening with the Lexington office?
In 2016, the Louisville and Lexington Susan G. Komen Affiliates merged to form Susan G. Komen Kentucky.

  • To help support this change, we temporarily maintained two offices (one in the Louisville area and one in Lexington).
  • Now three years into this merger, we are ready to consolidate our operations to one central office (our main office in Louisville), which will enable us to ensure more funds are available for mission-directed work.
  • All programs and services will continue throughout Kentuckiana and we are looking forward to hosting our two annual RACE FOR THE CURE events in Lexington and Louisville. The Louisville Race for the Cure will be held October 12, 2019 and the Lexington Race for the Cure will be held April 25, 2020.

Q: How will you continue to help individuals in need?
Our work to support the women and men of our 111-county service area will continue unchanged. Our commitment to the mission remains the same: every day we strive toward our bold goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.

  • Locally, this means we will continue to increase access to breast cancer screenings and treatments. Through our current community grant programs, we continue to provide breast health education and navigation services, no-cost mammograms, treatment support services and transportation assistance for uninsured and underinsured women and men throughout our service area.
  • Additionally, our Affiliate will soon be funding direct services to ensure people have access to quality health care by providing individuals the money they need

Q: How many people are being served by Komen Kentucky?
Our service area includes 107 counties in Kentucky and 4 counties in Southern Indiana.

Q. Will there be a Race for the Cure in Lexington this year? Or what stage of planning are you in for the Lexington Race for the Cure?
Yes, we are excited to host the annual Lexington Race for the Cure. The Race will return to downtown Lexington and will be held on April 25, 2020.

Q. Are any of your current board members from Lexington?
Yes, our current board is comprised of men and women who represent the following counties: 40% Jefferson County, 30% Fayette County, 20% Floyd County, IN and 10% Oldham County. We want to ensure that the board reflects the communities we serve, and we are always seeking opportunities to add representation from counties throughout our state.

Q. Is Komen Kentucky in financial distress?
Our focus is on directing as much funding as possible to mission-based work and the women and men who need support in the face of this devastating disease. The consolidation of the Lexington office is part of an ongoing effort to streamline our costs. Our goal is to increase programming across our 111-county service area.

Q: Do you foresee reopening the Lexington office?
Many businesses save costs by operating virtually. We took the time to look at many different scenarios and ultimately made the decision that we feel best prioritizes our stewardship of donor funding while continuing to support all current programmatic work. We will hire a Lexington based staff person, and if the opportunity presents itself, may reopen an office in the area.

Q: What if I live in Lexington and want to get in touch?
Komen Kentucky remains committed to supporting the community in the Lexington area and maintaining strong relationships with Lexington’s partners. If you’re in need of local resources, please do not hesitate to contact Komen Kentucky at (502) 495-7824. You may also email us info@komenkentucky.org or visit our website at komenkentucky.org. Additionally, we will continue to connect our local communities to the free breast care helpline at 1-877-GO-KOMEN or helpline@komen.org, where anyone can receive professional support services for breast health and breast cancer concerns.

Q: What is Susan G Komen’s Work and Impact?
Susan G. Komen is making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer.

  • As a recognized groundbreaking leader, Komen is the only organization with more than three decades of experience in research, community impact, advocacy, activation, and communications.
    • RESEARCH. Komen has funded more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit (more than $988 million to date, second only to the U.S. Government).
    • CARE. The combination of science, education and direct help to people facing breast cancer has led to 40% decline in mortality from 1989 to 2016.
    • COMMUNITY. Komen focuses on supporting those with the fewest resources: uninsured, under-insured, and low-income women and men unable to access care.
    • ACTION. Komen and its network of Affiliates and grantees educate people about breast cancer to empower them with information they need.

Q: What impact is made at the community level?
In more than 2,200 communities across the U.S., more than 75,000 Komen volunteers and staff work to help fund breast cancer screening, diagnosis, patient navigation, treatment and education programs for those who need it most. We help make it possible for people to receive lifesaving services every day.

    • 582 people receive a free Komen-funded screening
    • 35 people call the Komen Breast Care Helpline
    • 90 people receive Komen-funded treatment assistance
    • 114 people benefit from Komen-funded diagnostic testing
    • 18 people learn they have breast cancer through Komen-funded services

Q: How can you get involved?
There are many opportunities to support Komen Kentucky:

  • Start/join a team and fundraise for our annual Lexington Race for the Cure October 5, 2019.
  • Start/join a team and fundraise for our annual Louisville Race for the Cure October 12, 2019
  • Start a DIY Fundraising campaign
  • Host a Rally for the Cure
  • Become a sustaining donor
  • Become a part of our Komen Ambassador programs
  • Join a community event planning committee, including our Race for the Cure committees
  • Share your story with us, and tell us what motivates and inspires you
  • Learn more about board membership opportunities
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