History & Impact

Susan G. Komen Greater Amarillo and Komen Lubbock Area joined forces as Komen West Texas on February 1, 2017, to expand their service area, increase their impact, and strengthen operations. Komen West Texas will serve 62 counties: the same counties in the Panhandle and South Plains, plus an additional 20 in the South Plains and Permian Basin areas. Click here to see the service area map.

Up to 75 cents of each dollar raised remains in the service area to fund grants that meet critical local needs, such as breast cancer screenings, access to treatment, support, and education. The remaining 25 percent goes directly to the Susan G. Komen National Award and Research Grant Program to help fund groundbreaking research.

Susan G. Komen West Texas is a non-profit corporation and are a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Komen Greater Amarillo Story

In 1990 a group of friends, Charlotte Rhodes, Joyce Courson, Sharon Oeschger, Paula Gibson, Kathy Sheldon, Mary Jane Keast, and Nancy Williams traveled to Dallas to observe the Race for the Cure. Amarillo’s first Race for the Cure® was held September 28, 1991, at Westgate Mall. The first chairs for the event were Karla Coon and Tricia Gassett. The first Race had 200 participants and raised more than $4,000.

In 2003 the Amarillo Race for the Cure was moved downtown with hundreds of participants and an official local affiliate was incepted with Komen’s National Headquarters. With Gil Farren chairing, the first board of directors was created to pursue breast cancer and breast health outreach on a year-round basis.  The Greater Amarillo Race for the Cure, held in late September before the launch of National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, is now the largest foot race in our area.

Since its inception, the Komen Greater Amarillo Affiliate has made great strides in improving breast health services and reaching out to the underserved members in our local community. The annual grant funding program has awarded more than $1.8 million to local breast health organizations for innovative breast health projects.

In 2005, a full-time executive director, Lisa Hoff Davis was hired for the first time, and in 2009 the staff expanded with the incorporation of a Mission Coordinator.


The Komen Lubbock Area Story

Komen Lubbock Area was founded in 1995 by Lynda Nichols and Emily Sharp to spread the life-saving message of early detection and to support breast cancer screening, treatment, services, and education in 16 South Plains counties: Bailey, Cochran, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Terry and Yoakum.

Komen Lubbock Area granted $3.398 million back to its 16-county service area. Additionally, the Affiliate contributed more than $1.4 million to help fund breast cancer research and $1.3 million on mission work in the communities.

For more details about Lubbock Area’s history of funding grants, research, and mission work, click here.


Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO-KOMEN. Connect with us on social at www5.komen.org/social.