Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth announced today the formation of a Northeast Tarrant County Taskforce in an attempt to bring resources, information and awareness of breast cancer and support of the Komen mission to Northeast Tarrant County.

The Northeast Tarrant County Taskforce, made up of a group of 15 volunteers, several of whom are breast cancer survivors, has met monthly over the past three months to determine direction and goals to better serve the Northeast Tarrant County area. 

“Our goal with this taskforce is to improve engagement in the community and share the Komen vision in Northeast Tarrant,” said Craig Schaefer executive director of Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate. “The need is great in Northeast Tarrant County and we hope that through community awareness we can make a greater impact in this part of our service area.” 

Every three years, Komen Greater Fort Worth develops a community profile, a needs assessment document that provides an overview of the breast health needs of the Komen Greater Fort Worth service area of Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. Based on these findings, the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate establishes Affiliate priorities that guide strategic planning and grant making priorities. From this profile, there are several key areas where greater outreach is needed in Northeast Tarrant County:

Komen Grant Funding: Komen will be seeking out organizations to apply for Komen Greater Fort Worth funding. Educational Opportunities: Komen will be seeking out forums for Komen Greater Fort Worth volunteers to help educate men and women on breast health and breast cancer screenings, treatment and treatment services. Resource Development: Komen will be organizing a new fundraising event and focus on individual, corporate and foundation development.  Race for the Cure: Komen will be focusing on efforts to increase Northeast Tarrant participation in the 2014 Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure to be held May 10 at Ridgmar Mall.

The Northeast Taskforce is now seeking interested volunteers in the Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Trophy Club, Grapevine and the Hurst, Euless, Bedford (HEB) area to join the taskforce. Meetings will be held semi-monthly to help drive the Komen vision through bringing resources, information and awareness to the area. 

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, at 9 a.m. in the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 6700 Colleyville Blvd.  Interested volunteers should RSVP to Jenna Waters, Colleyville Area Chamber President at 817-488-7148 by Friday, February 7. 

About Susan G. Komen® and the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate

Susan G. Komen®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, has invested more than $2.2 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 Race for the Cure, and generous contributions from partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, 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 national 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 education, treatment and prevention services for women in Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. 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 $22 million for breast cancer education, treatment, prevention and research. For more information on Komen Greater Fort Worth, please visit www.komengreaterfortworth.org