In 1990, Nancy Brinker (picture above, center), founder of Susan G. Komen, called on her friend Florence Shapiro, Plano Mayor at the time, to form the 7th chapter of Komen. What began as a group of friends planning the Plano Race for the Cure transformed into an Affiliate serving the medically underserved men and women of Collin County. In 1996, the Affiliate grew to encompass Denton and Grayson Counties. In 2011, the Affiliate added Fannin, Hunt, Cooke, Montague, and Wise to its service area. Most recently, in April of 2012, Komen North Texas expanded once more during its merger with the Wichita Falls Affiliate of Susan G. Komen to include Clay, Archer, Baylor, and Wilbarger Counties along with Wichita County.
Since our inception in 1990, Komen North Texas has invested more than $11 million in local breast health programs in our service area and an additional $3 million in national scientific research to find the cures. In addition to its Plano Race for the Cure (the first Komen North Texas event), the Affiliate also hosts a Denton Race for the Cure, Wichita Falls Race for the Cure, Ride for the Cure, and Celebration of Hope in order to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
In 2016, thanks to our donors, sponsors, and fundraisers, Komen North Texas was able to:
- Provide 608 North Texans with educational materials
- Enable 412 North Texans to receive clinical breast exams, mammograms or diagnostic services
- Help 11 North Texans receive treatment assistance
- Enable the detection of 14 breast cancers
- Empower 271 North Texans to have access to support services like transportation, patient navigation, and public service navigation