What Komen Community Means

When the tide rises, all ships sail.

As a greater Iowa community, imagine the impact we can make.


Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa exists to help support every human on their breast cancer journey.

To the single mother who is underinsured and unable to financially invest in a mammogram. We are here for you.

To the 27-year-old entrepreneur who is uninsured and has a lump she knows she should get looked at. We’ve got you covered.

To the retired teacher with MBC who wants to thrive in everyday life with her spouse. We have resources to share with you to help both you and your partner.

We are taking a bigger, bolder stand against breast cancer with a goal to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% in the United States by 2026.

That’s where you come in.

We put together a calendar of events across the state. From our Race for the Cure event in Ottumwa and Quad Cities (don’t worry, we’ll announce Des Moines soon!) to our annual golf outings, when you show up and participate, we put your time and resources to work.

Seventy-five percent of your contributions go to local programs and 25% goes to fund breakthrough research.

We’re sharing incredibly exciting research with our community on March 28 at our annual Keeping Promises event.

These women you see here?

They are our honorary survivors for our Keeping Promises event. They were nominated by their children, spouses, friends, neighbors, and others who were there for them on their journey and wrote about their strength, courage, and hope.

Some are living with metastatic breast cancer, while others have been cancer free for a couple months to 10+ years.

Every story, every journey matters.

Almost every single human in the U.S. knows a friend, a coworker, a neighbor, or an acquaintance, who has been diagnosed.

We see these everyday people with children, a career, travel plans, weddings, businesses they own… and everything they know is flipped on its head.

The strength required to endure cancer treatment is tremendous.

The community needed to support an individual and family through the process is imperative.

We are better together.

Do you know a woman you can honor in 2019 for her fight? Her strength? Her passion to help others get screenings and stay strong?

We want to provide a platform that allows you to recognize her.

Through your event participation, your fundraising, your donations, your walking or running.

More participation means we can make a bigger impact. From ensuring state-funded programs stay funded to securing more money to find a cure, it all happens because of your involvement.

Helen Keller said it perfectly…

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”

Just by sharing this blog post, we can reach more people and remind our breast cancer community that we are here.

Thank you for showing up year after year.

Thank you for choosing to support the work we do in greater Iowa time and time again.

We appreciate you.