KOMEN KENTUCKY – The Kentucky Afiiliates of Susan G. Komen Join Forces
The Susan G. Komen Affiliates of Kentucky – Komen Lexington and Komen Louisville – are joining forces to make a bigger impact in the local fight against breast cancer, forming a new unified “Susan G. Komen Kentucky”.
Working together, this consolidated organization will continue to offer breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and survivorship programs across the 73 counties they previously served as Komen Louisville and Komen Lexington. In addition, Komen Kentucky will expand throughout the state to serve an additional 38 counties previously unserved by Komen. In all, Komen Kentucky will serve 111 total counties, including 107 across Kentucky and an additional four in Southern Indiana.
Komen Kentucky expects to realize cost savings through this new collaboration, while maximizing funds available for grants into local health organizations and programs to help more Kentuckians find breast cancer early and beat it. While operations will be consolidated, Komen Kentucky will maintain its offices in both Lexington and Louisville, with Louisville serving as its operational headquarters. Komen Kentucky will also continue to host Race for the Cure events in both communities.
Lynda Weeks has been named Executive Director of Komen Kentucky, having previously served in a similar capacity for Komen Louisville since 2012. “This consolidation will help us better achieve our shared goal of serving more people across Kentucky and Southern Indiana,” said Weeks. “By sharing resources with our colleagues in Lexington, we will develop a more efficient and leaner operational process, ultimately enabling us to focus more time and resources helping those who need us across our now larger service area. We couldn’t feel more positive about our future together.”
Dr. Patrick Williams, Board member of Komen Kentucky, echoed Weeks’ comments and added: “Like other Komen Affiliates across the United States, we were founded by local people who wanted to fight breast cancer in our communities. We will continue to honor that tradition and the intent of our founders with local fundraising and program support. Lynda’s background in state non-profit and pharmaceutical management makes her uniquely qualified to manage this distinctive change in the way our Affiliate operates and serves our communities.”
The merger consolidated the Board of Directors of both Affiliates into the new Komen Kentucky Board. Bob Iezzi, former Board President of Komen Louisville, was selected as President of Komen Kentucky. Iezzi stated, “Everyone involved with both Affiliates agreed that together we can be the catalyst for so much more. More energy, more engagement, more counties, more outreach, more support, more education, more screenings, more research, more people served and ultimately serve as a beacon of hope for those with metastatic breast cancer.” Iezzi highlighted the fact that while Louisville and Lexington will maintain their tradition of great races in their respective cities, we look forward to the potential of starting new races in new places with new faces – all Komen Kentucky.’”