Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania
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In April of this year, the Susan G. Komen® Affiliates of Pittsburgh and Northeastern Pennsylvania joined forces to make a bigger impact in the fight against breast cancer – now operating under a single entity: Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania.

While the name has changed, the services offered and annual events hosted by each former affiliate remain the same. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, our combined organization incorporates the current staff, volunteer leadership, grant-making relationships, and fundraising capacities of both organizations. 

Kathy Purcell, formerly Chief Executive Officer of Komen Pittsburgh, is now Chief Executive Officer of Komen Greater Pennsylvania. Dolly Woody, previously the Executive Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate, is the Director of the merged Affiliate.


Susan G. Komen Greater PA announces 2018 grantees

Susan G. Komen Greater PA provides funding for breast cancer detection, support and education awareness throughout a 53-county service area in Pennsylvania. Over the years, Komen Greater PA is proud to have invested nearly $25 million back in our service area through programs that enhance the quality of life for women and men living with breast cancer, and given over $10 million for breast cancer research that will help the organization meet its Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

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TAILORx study citing chemotherapy not needed for some breast cancer patients

A study led by Komen-funded researcher Dr. Joseph A. Sparano was released at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago. This study titled Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment, or TAILORx, shows that many women with early stage breast cancer may not need to undergo chemotherapy treatment. The TAILORx trial was independently designed and conducted by ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group under the sponsorship of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and was the largest adjuvant breast cancer treatment trial ever conducted — enrolling 10,273 women with early-stage breast cancer across approximately 1,200 sites in the United States and five additional countries.

The TAILORx study found that 70 percent of women with early stage breast cancers that are HER2 negative and are sensitive to estrogen may be able to forgo chemotherapy and its toxic side effects. By using individuals’ Oncotype DX Genomic testing score, researchers found some patients only need hormone therapy, drugs that block the hormone estrogen or stops the body from making it.

Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH discusses the TAILORx study video


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With the merger, AmazonSmile charities for Susan G. Komen Affiliates of both Pittsburgh and Northeastern Pennsylvania will no longer be recognized. We ask that you update your benefiting AmazonSmile charity to “Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania” by completing these three steps: 

  1. Log into your AmazonSmile account
  2. Your account > Shopping programs and rentals > Change your charity
  3. Search for “Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania”

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to a charitable organization of your choice. We thank you for choosing us.


Does your employer offer matching gifts to Susan G. Komen Greater PA?

Many employers will match your personal donation to help maximize your impact with Susan G. Komen Greater PA. Check with your company for more information on matching gift programs. Employer matching gifts may also be available to you if you are the spouse of an employee, a retired employee or the spouse/widow/widower of a retiree. Contact your employer to find out more information about your particular company.


Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on Komen Greater PA happenings! 

Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Facebook page will soon have its followers transferred over to the Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania’s Facebook page after the Race for the Cure in September. If you're not connected yet, give us a follow!

Followers from Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Twitter and Instagram do not automatically transfer over, so we kindly ask that you give Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania a follow on each: Twitter & Instagram.  


Komen Connection - 2018 upcoming events

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On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Susan G. Komen NEPA Race for the Cure will continue their long standing tradition of honoring and celebrating individuals in our communities whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. This USATF-certified 5K run/walk goes through the heart of beautiful Scranton, PA, and will take place rain or shine. Registration fee includes a 2018 Race T-shirt and bib for the first 3,500 participants, and all funds raised from the race go directly toward the fight against breast cancer. 

Click here to register!  |  Donate  |  Volunteer

DATE: Saturday, September 15, 2018

LOCATION: Lackawanna County Courthouse  |  200 N Washington Ave.  |  Scranton, PA 18503

TIME: 6:30 a.m. Registration, T-shirt pickup opens  |  8:30 a.m. Official start of run/walk


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Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania is excited to kick off October and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the 10th Annual Paws for the Cure Dog Walk & 5k Run! You read that right – new this year, we'll be featuring a USATF-certified 5k timed run to this family and pet-friendly event. Participants can still enjoy a scenic one-mile walk through Hartwood Acres or decide to take a run—with or without their furry friend—through the park! Back this year will be the ever-popular dog contests, apple bobbing station, photo ops, and fun sponsor and vendor booths. Your dog could also be the face of next year's Paws for the Cure! Dogs (and humans) of all breeds are welcome to participate in this fun-filled fall morning at the beautiful Hartwood Acres.

Click here to register!  |  Donate  |  Volunteer

DATE: Sunday, October 7, 2018

LOCATION: Hartwood Acres Concert Area |  4000 Middle Rd.  |  Allison Park, PA 15101

TIME: 8:30 a.m. Registration begins  |  9:30 a.m. Official start of run/walk


Tickled Pink Survivor Event

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Komen Greater PA will be holding the Tickled Pink survivor event at Rivers Casino on October 21, 2018. This inspiring brunch celebrates breast cancer survivorship and provides an opportunity for over 300 survivors and their guests to meet and mingle! Tickled Pink has been held annually for over 20 years and features delicious food, inspirational speakers, fun raffles, makeover experiences and more. To enter the casino, all guests must be 21 years of age or older. 

Click here to RSVP!  |  Donate

DATE: Sunday, October 21, 2018

LOCATION: Rivers Casino  |  777 Casino Dr.  |  Pittsburgh, PA 15212

TIME: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania
1133 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
125 N Washington Avenue, #260, Scranton, PA 18503 
Phone: 412-342-0500 | 570-969-6072 | Email: