We Are One Komen
Times are changing, but one thing remains—we will not stop in our battle against breast cancer. Earlier this year, in response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving needs of patients across the country, Susan G. Komen announced its transformation from a federated model to a united entity. This phased reorganization is based on a need to ensure Komen is structured for long-term sustainability and to meet the needs of the people Komen serves most efficiently and effectively across the United States.
A united Komen is set to accelerate community impact. We’ll be able to connect people to a larger network of care, support, education, and will be better poised to address the unique systemic drivers that affect different communities and lead to poorer outcomes.
Our name may change, but please know that local breast cancer survivors, thrivers and their families in Orange County can still count on Komen for direct patient support and treatment assistance.
As part of the transition, Megan Klink, Komen Orange County’s CEO will become Vice President of Susan G. Komen’s West Region. In addition, Orange County’s Director of Philanthropy and Donor Relations, Robin Walker, will become Executive Director, Orange County.
OC Leading the Way
In addition to this, Orange County is leading a united mission to smooth the path for more patients to access timely breast cancer screenings, education and care through an innovative patient navigation program, funded by the UniHealth Foundation and health equity partner, Pacific Premier Bank. We will also continue to offer Direct Patient Support initiatives such as the Breast Care Helpline, Treatment Assistance Program, Metastatic Breast Cancer Impact Series, its breast cancer research program and Center for Public Policy. The Wig Salon will remain available to breast cancer patients through a collaboration with Cancer Kinship.
True Then, True Now
Research for a breast cancer cure has been at the center of Susan G. Komen’s mission since the organization’s inception. It currently holds a portfolio of nearly 200 research grants nationwide, about half of which are focused on breast cancer recurrence and metastasis. Komen will continue to raise funds locally for research to better understand the drivers of breast cancer and overcome disparity in care.
The Komen Helpline will remain a key resource for anyone impacted by breast cancer who needs support or connections to local services. If you or a loved one needs information about breast health or breast cancer, you can call our breast care helpline to speak with a trained specialist or oncology social worker at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636). English and Spanish languages are available.
Our Mission Continues
Thank you to everyone who has supported and worked for our local Orange County affiliate, catapulting us to be leaders in this new era for Susan G. Komen! We look forward to continuing to serve our community and widening our reach to provide excellent care and resources to those in need.