About Us

Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, is laser-focused on saving lives and creating a world without breast cancer. To make that vision a reality, we employ a unique, 360-degree approach to discovering breakthroughs for the most aggressive and deadly breast cancers, while ensuring everyone gets the care they need – no matter who they are or where they live.

By investing in Komen, you are helping to accelerate research while also ensuring your neighbors facing breast cancer today get the help, support, and treatments they need to live longer.

As the Greater Iowa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, we support the Komen Mission: To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

As part of a nationwide organization, we share one common Komen Vision: a world without breast cancer.

Our Affiliate: Komen Greater Iowa is dedicated to supporting the fight against breast cancer through education, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship care throughout our service area.  Our Affiliate is financially supported by funds raised through the Komen Greater Iowa More than Pink Walk and Race for the Cure series, which hosts events in Des Moines, Ottumwa and Quad Cities Area. Our Affiliate also raises funds through other Komen-supported events, such as Pink in the Rink, individual and corporate donations, special breast cancer awareness license plates, third-party special events, and memorial or celebration contributions.

Our Service Area: Komen Greater Iowa serves 106 counties, including the entire state of Iowa as well as Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside Counties in Illinois, Dakota and Thurston Counties in Nebraska and Union County in South Dakota.

Where Your Money Goes

When you invest your dollars with or fundraise for Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa, you are helping to fight breast cancer on all fronts. With a nationwide footprint, Susan G. Komen is uniquely structured to focus on four pillars to advance our mission — Research, Care, Community, and Action.

Research
Research is the only thing that will ultimately cure breast cancer. To ensure our investments have the greatest benefits to patients, Komen is focused on research that will lead to new, more effective treatments, especially for the most aggressive and deadly breast cancers.

To learn more about Komen’s research priorities, and current research underway, click here.

Care
Addressing gaps in care ensures that our neighbors have access to resources they need, no matter where they live. Through our Treatment Assistance Program, the Komen Breast Care Helpline, the Komen Clinical Trial Information Helpline, and online resources found in the About Breast Cancer (ABC) section of komen.org, we are able to connect people to need so that we can save more lives.

Community
Building on our legacy of community impact, we are committed to getting closer to patients to support their needs in relevant ways. Through the Komen African American Health Equity Initiative and the Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Impact Series, we are able to address the unique system drivers that affect different communities.

Action
Whether it is taking action through public policy advocacy to increase research funding or to break down legal and regulatory barriers to care, Komen ensures the voice of the breast cancer community is heard by policy makers at all levels of government.

To learn more about Komen’s advocacy priorities, and to become a Komen Advocate, click here.