Dear Komen Supporter,
The events of the past two weeks surrounding Komen’s funding decisions have been challenging and disappointing to all of us. Much has been said and written in the media about these events. Sadly, however, very little if anything has been said about the local impact Komen has on the community. We at the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate are genuinely and sincerely sorry for the most recent developments. We are writing to assure you that our focus at our Affiliate has not changed and we will continue to serve the needs of the women in our community.
Since our Affiliate was founded in 1999, we have invested more than $7.6 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in our service area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. These community partners advance the Komen mission by helping the uninsured and those with low-income through breast health and breast cancer screening, treatment, education and support programs. Our 2011-2012 grant recipients are a diverse group of health care organizations, public health agencies and community groups in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties (click here for a list of our current grantees). Just last year, with money you donated locally, the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate awarded $1,098,917 in local programs that provided:*
• 960 diagnostic services
• 89 treatment services
• 3,905 clinical breast exams
• 2,708 screening mammograms
• 129 psychological services
• 2,160 mammogram referrals
• 905 diagnostics referrals
• 23 biopsies
• 28 genetic tests
• 42,276 people reached through educational programs
• A direct impact to 53,183 individuals
As a result of the partnership with our grantees, 116 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed.
We have been able to have this kind of impact in our community because 75 percent of the net proceeds raised through our Affiliate each year stay in this area, helping our neighbors in need.
The remaining 25 percent funds breast cancer research on a national level. Our Affiliate has contributed nearly $2.5 million to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for national research. At the same time, more than $3 million has been awarded for research in our area, including the most recent research grant to the University of Miami in the amount of $599,997 for the Evaluation of Genetic Risk in Caribbean Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer headed by Dr. Judith Hurley.
In addition, we are dedicated to being great stewards of the money that you generously donate. Our Affiliate is proud to have an expense-to-revenue ratio of 19 percent, significantly under the 25 percent limit.
We could not have done it without your very generous support, whether that was financial support or through the gift of your time. Thank you!
We have made so much progress, but there is still so much work to be done as the need for more low-cost and free services increases each year. More than 200,000 women and men in our country are diagnosed with cases of invasive breast cancer. A woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States. Our work is not done until that number is zero.
Those who are fighting this horrible disease do it with such courage and grace, but they cannot do it alone. Please help us LOCALLY as we continue to support their fight and together we will end breast cancer forever.
Meanwhile, we ask for your support and help in telling our story. Please contact us if you have any questions. We want to personally thank you for your concern and ongoing loyalty.
Our mission is to eradicate breast cancer and saves lives and we promise to never forget the people we serve.
Bobbi Meyers Grace C. Lopez
Executive Director President
*These figures are from April 1, 2011 until October 31, 2011. Our fiscal year ends March 31, 2012.