Komen Puget Sound Annual Report 2016
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A Message from Our Executive Director

Welcome to the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound 2016 Annual Report. It’s with great pleasure that I share in retrospect the details of a very productive year. In this fiscal year, we awarded nearly $1.2 million in grants – more than $700,000 invested in the community through breast health programs that serve thousands, and $400,000 into science to find the cures.

In 2016 our supporters helped in so many ways to make real progress against this awful disease, from the first-ever Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference for patients and caregivers, to a bright and sunny day of fundraising through Race for the Cure. Thanks to the generosity, involvement and commitment of people like you, Komen Puget Sound has the resources to offer help to those who need it most. We are grateful to you and all our donors, volunteers and partners who stand with us and save lives, year after year.

Yours in the fight,

David Richart
Executive Director



Our Local Mission Against Breast Cancer

Community Grants

In 24 years, Komen Puget Sound has invested more than $30 million in local nonprofit, tribal and government agencies that provide breast health and breast cancer services to residents living in our 16-county service area. At the annual Impact Celebration in May, Komen Puget Sound awarded more than $700,000 in grants for vital services to underserved women and families.

The 2016 grant recipients were selected to provide vital services to 8,000 underserved women in the Komen’s 16-county Western Washington service area and respond to specific community needs. For instance, black women are 30 percent more likely than their white counterparts to die from breast cancer – and are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage of the disease. One grantee, the Northwest Leadership Foundation, was selected to provide early breast cancer outreach, education, screening and referral to appropriate services for 360 African-American women in Tacoma-Pierce County. Grantees in other communities also provide breast cancer screening and culturally-appropriate patient treatment and support programs.

2016-17 Local Grant Recipients

Breast Cancer Screening
and Diagnostic Fund

Komen Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Program
Funding to the Washington State Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) provides breast cancer screenings, lifesaving mammograms and diagnostic services to nearly 4,000 low-income women living in our region.

Komen Patient
Assistance Fund

Cancer Lifeline administers Komen Puget Sound funds to provide financial assistance and support for low-income patients while they are in treatment for breast cancer.

Community Health
Disparities Fund

Breast Cancer Navigator Program
This funding makes possible access to screening, diagnosis and treatment for Asian, Pacific Islander and Hispanic women in Tacoma/Pierce County through culturally appropriate education, outreach and patient navigation.
Breast Health Outreach, Prevention and Education Program
This funding provides breast health outreach, education and screening to low-income, limited English-speaking Chinese, Filipina, Korean, Mien, Samoan and other Pacific Islander, Asian Indian and Vietnamese women in Seattle/King County.
Native Women’s Wellness Program
This program provides breast health outreach, education, screening and support to women in rural tribal communities in Southwest Washington who rarely or never have been screened for breast cancer.
Outreach Demonstration Project
The Outreach Demonstration Project (ODP) led by the Tacoma-Pierce County coalition Leaders in Women’s Health is a pilot project designed to provide early breast cancer outreach, education, screening and referral to appropriate services for 360 African-American women.
Nuestra Salud
The goal of Nuestra Salud is for every Latina in Snohomish County to have the best possible information about breast cancer and breast health in order to increase the number of women who receive early screenings, seek appropriate treatment and engage in preventative care.
Culturally Competent Breast Health Patient Navigator Program for Underserved Women
This funding, made possible by a special grant from Komen National/Walgreens, provides breast cancer patient navigation and support services – from the point of an abnormal finding through the completion of treatment – to low-income, Latina and Native American women, and to those living in remote rural areas of Mason County.

Assessment Report

Every four years, in partnership with government agencies, non-government organizations and other partnership groups, Komen completes in-depth research, data analysis and planning to determine where breast health needs in the region are greatest. This community needs assessment guides how Komen allocates funding among the groups it supports, focusing finances in the communities that need it most.

“The data we collected in our needs assessment has taught us a lot about the role Komen can play in meeting community needs regarding women’s health, specifically within the breast cancer space,” said Robyn Sneeringer, the Affiliate’s director of programs. “With new advances in science, changes to our health system, and progress in key communities, we have to be thinking about our changing landscape — redefining disparities, tackling stigma, empowering communities, navigating our health system, moving towards survivorship, and so much more.”

For the most recent Puget Sound needs assessment report, click here. To learn more about Komen Puget Sound’s community grants for 2017–2018, click here.


Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

In October, Komen Puget Sound worked with metastatic breast cancer patients and healthcare providers on a one-day, first-of-its-kind event at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference was designed by and for those living with metastatic disease, bringing together patients and caregivers, medical professionals and leading researchers to:

  • Better understand emerging scientific breakthroughs and new treatment options
  • Discuss ways to improve quality of life by going beyond the doctor’s office
  • Take action through patient advocacy and activism

Featured speakers included Fred Hutch researchers Dr. VK Gadi and Dr. Julie Gralow, both of whom care for breast cancer patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Thomas Brown of the Swedish Cancer Institute led a panel discussion on patient-centered research and clinical trial opportunities. Shirley Mertz, metastatic patient and president of the national Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, led a panel on advocacy, capped with an address from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.

Conference sessions were recorded and can be watched on this YouTube channel.

Our Research Partners

Breast Cancer Research

Building on its bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. over the next decade, Komen awarded a total of $32.7 million in new research grants for 2016.

The grants include $800,000 in new funding for research at Fred Hutch and the University of Washington, bringing Komen’s total research investment in Washington state to $11,480,427 since 1982.

Featured Research Partners

Candice Grzelak, Ph.D.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Grzelak received $180,000 to understand why breast cancer has a tendency to spread to the liver, why breast cancer cells in the liver stay quiet for long periods of time, and what triggers them to awaken and grow once again. Understanding this process will allow the design of new therapeutic approaches for metastatic breast cancer.

Komen Scholar Benjamin Anderson, M.D.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Anderson received $200,000 to assess breast health care needs in low- and middle-income countries. This work will identify unmet needs and provide partner countries with information and tools needed to improve breast care and outcomes.

Komen Scholar Mary L. “Nora” Disis, M.D.

The University of Washington

Dr. Disis received $400,000 to develop a vaccine to block inflammation in obese, fatty tissue with the goal of reducing the incidence of breast cancer in obese women.

Komen Scholar Julie Gralow, M.D.

The University of Washington

Dr. Gralow received $20,000 to bring together medical experts, researchers, patients, policymakers and other key stakeholders to discuss opportunities for increasing inclusion of breast cancer patients with bone-only metastasis in clinical trials.


2016 By the Numbers


Clinical Breast Exams






Financial Assistance






Survivorship Services



TOTAL = 35,923* services provided

* Preliminary data


2016 Financial Report (FY17)


  • Individual: $200,000
  • Corporate: $600,000
  • Third Party Events: $300,000
  • Affiliate Events: $1,000,000
  • Race for the Cure: $700,000



  • Komen Research Grants: $400,000
  • Local Grants: $700,000
  • Outreach & Education: $800,000
  • Fundraising: $800,000
  • General & Administrative: $100,000



I’m grateful for the unwavering support of friends and family and for the work of Susan G. Komen. Our Puget Sound affiliate funds breast cancer screenings and notably — breast cancer research to solve the puzzle of genetic risk that’s present for many of us.Alexis Coffer, Breast Cancer Survivor


Donations are a great way to advance our progress toward the Komen Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026.


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