The Komen FWYP Council hosted its inaugural meeting at the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Hospital Thursday, August 8th. Participants toured the Joan Katz Breast Center at 5:30 p.m. with a meeting at 6 p.m. for information on the Komen Fort Worth Young Professionals and the Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate. Members of the public were invited to attend if interested in participating in the organization.
Komen FWYP was created in 2013 to bring together dedicated young people who support the Komen mission to work to end the fight against breast cancer forever. Along with a spirit of service and philanthropy, Komen FWYP will give young professionals a chance to socialize, network and make a significant impact in the community.
Susan G. Komen, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, has invested more than $1.9 billion in research and life-saving community programs since its inception in 1982, and is the only breast cancer organization with a comprehensive approach that touches research, advocacy and community support. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and generous contributions from partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, Susan G. Komen has become the largest source in the world of non-profit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.
The Greater Fort Worth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is one of 123 affiliates of the parent organization. Chartered in July of 1992 by Rozanne Rosenthal, in honor of her close friend and three-time breast-cancer-survivor Joan Katz, the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate uses 75 percent of all money raised to fund treatment and prevention projects for women in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. The remaining 25 percent raised goes toward national research initiatives to find the cures. The first Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure was held in 1993 and had 1,800 participants. Today, the organization boasts more than 10,000 participants each year, and serves as the largest 5K Race in the county. To date, Komen Greater Fort Worth has raised more than $21 million for breast cancer treatment, prevention and research. For more information on Komen Greater Fort Worth, please visit www.komengreaterfw.org.