By Andreas Roberts
Susan G. Komen is one of the nation’s biggest and best-known cancer charities, and it got that way from modest donations like the one People Standing United gave recently.
The Lincoln University organization, known as PSU, hosted its annual basketball fundraiser last week. The Ball For A Cause raised $560 for the charity.
“The money went to Susan G. Komen breast cancer funds, so we were playing for her specific charity,” said Isaac Addoh, promoter and regulator for PSU, which started in 1995 and became an official campus organization in 1999.
Komen, once known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was founded in 1982 in Dallas by Nancy Goodman Brinker. Since then, the nonprofit organization has made a huge impact on those in need of the a breast-cancer cure.
Komen has collected more than $1.5 billion in the past 12 years for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S., and through partnerships in more than 50 countries, according to the organization.
More than 91 percent of the contributions come from the public.
Today, Komen has more than 100,000 volunteers working in a network of 124 affiliates worldwide.
One of Komen’s biggest events is the Race for the Cure, the world’s largest fundraiser for breast cancer.
It consists of a series of 5 kilometer runs and fitness walks to raise money for breast cancer, to raise awareness of the disease, to celebrate those who have survived breast cancer, and to memorialize those who have not.