Community Impact

Susan G. Komen® Upstate New York is the local source for funding breast cancer detection, support and educational awareness in Upstate New York. Through its community grants, our Affiliate funds education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs provided by local organizations that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our service area.

Through your ongoing generosity and participation in annual events including the MORE THAN PINK walk, Race for the Cure, Pink Tie Guy, Pink Tie Affair and more, you ensure that both women and men are ale to detect and survive breast cancer. Because of you, we boldly promote Survivorship.

We are proud of the fact that 75 percent of all net funds raised stay in our service areas. To that end, you have collectively awarded approximately $15.5 million to local breast health and breast cancer programs, and last year alone your support provided funding for over 7,000 residents in the Upstate NY areas.

Your donations fund life-saving breast health programs for women and men who would not otherwise have access to screening and treatment. There were approximately 4,872 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in our service area last year and thousands of people in our communities today are living with breast cancer.

In addition to the impact you make across our region, 25 percent of your contributions supports the Susan G. Komen® National Grants Program, which is the largest funder of research outside of the U.S. Federal Government.


Our Community Need

Through your support, Komen Upstate New York also conducts a needs assessment, which is then used to guide our priorities and tomake informed decisions on how  our Affiliate can use your resources to make the greatest impact on breast cancer in our area. This is accomplished through the awarding of local grants for education, screening and treatment programs.  Every four years this needs assessment is revised to reflect changes in our communities. It includes an overview of demographic and breast cancer statistics that highlight target areas, groups or issues.

Analysis of Komen Upstate’s service area in the community needs assessment includes the voices of those living in target areas. The completed product is an assessment of the state of breast health in our community and a plan of action in order to improve it.

Upstate New York Community Profile Executive Summary

Upstate New York Community Profile


2019-2020 Community & Small Grants

Through your generosity, Komen Upstate New York was pleased to be able to grant awards to the following programs:

Adirondack Health – “Breast Health Navigators” | Northeastern Region
The Breast Nurse Navigators will focus on individual patient needs and guide patients around and through barriers in the breast cancer health system by being the point of contact throughout the continuum of care

ECMC Foundation – “We Drive…Early Detection through Mobile Mammography Program” | Western Region
Provides culturally competent, evidence-based breast health education and screening services to increase the mammography rate among underserved women throughout Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming counties utilizing the Mobile Mammography Coach.

Erie County Health Department – “WNY Cancer Services Program” | Western Region
Identifies and overcomes barriers to increase breast cancer screening, provide access to diagnostics and quality care in priority underserved populations in Erie County through outreach, education and individualized navigation.

International Institute – “The Immigrant and Refugee Breast Health Awareness Project” | Western Region
Provides outreach and navigation sessions for refugee & immigrant women providing information about breast cancer & regular screening.

Kevin Guest House – “Lodging Support for Breast Cancer Patients and Caregivers” | Western Region
Provides lodging, meals and care for breast cancer patients and families traveling to Buffalo for medical care.

Onondaga County Health Department – “Breast Cancer Outreach, Education, and Screening to At-Risk Populations” | Central Region
Provides breast cancer screening & diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured women who reside in Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse.  Increasing awareness among minority women living in the City of Syracuse & Native American women of the Onondaga Nation for free & reduced-cost breast cancer screening services.

Saratoga Hospital – “The Bold Call Project” | Northeastern Region

The Fund for Women – “FFW Barriers to Care” | Twin Tiers Region
Provides financial assistance to women in need for support of their breast cancer treatment in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

The Guthrie Clinic – “Breast Care: Life-Saving Assistance Program” | Twin Tiers Region
Provides patient assistance funds for un- and under-insured individuals for the uncovered portion of additional screening views, diagnostic views, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies.  Will also provide assistance for lymphedema supplies and compression garments.

The Upstate Hospital Foundation – “She Matters – Increasing Screening Mammography in Underserved Women” | Central Region
Provides peer outreach, education, navigation, and screening mammography to reduce breast cancer disparities in low-income, primarily African American women in the City of Syracuse.

To Life – “Bridging the Gap – Accessing Care and Support Services ” | Northeastern Region
Provides the services of a bi-lingual breast health educator to help remove barriers (language and transportation) to diagnostics and treatment for women in Schenectady, Fulton and Montgomery Counties.  Offers a monthly support group for individuals living with metastatic breast cancer

University at Buffalo Research Foundation’s –“Engaging Patients in Breast Health
through Patient Ambassadors, Mobile Mammography, and Education” | Western Region
Provides screening events at primary care practices on the East Side and West Side of Buffalo. Uses trained Patient Ambassadors to provide breast health education and assist women through the screening steps.

University of Rochester – “UR Medicine Breast Imaging Outreach” | Central Region
Provides Screening and Diagnostic support for un/under-insured patients, transportation to and from appointments, patient navigation, and outreach/education in Monroe County.

YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County – “ENCOREplus Breast Cancer Outreach, Education & Advocacy” |  Twin Tiers Region
Provides breast health outreach, education and advocacy services in Broome & Tioga counties. Provides case management services to help women overcome barriers to care, including financial, transportation and child/eldercare.

YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers  – “Pink Boutique Patient Relief Fund” | Twin Tiers Region
Provides a patient relief fund to help with counseling, transportation and other financial needs associated with women undergoing cancer treatment.


2017 Small Grants:

Kevin Guest House, Western NY Region

Wyoming County Health Department, Western NY Region

For more information, please contact Denise Trondsen at

Please note that Susan G. Komen® is not a direct service provider.

The remaining 25 percent of net funds were invested in the Susan G. Komen National Research Grants Program managed at the national level. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s research investment, click here.