Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Neither does Komen.

Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care about your race, religion, national identity, country of origin or how much money is in your pocket.  And neither does Susan G. Komen San Diego.   

“At Komen San Diego, services are provided through our grant partners to all who need it, citizenship status is never asked,” said Laura Farmer Sherman, president & CEO of Susan G. Komen San Diego.  “Anyone, and everyone, who needs help for the breast cancer journey will receive it while we have the funds to provide it.”   

“Include.”   That’s a core value at the center of all of our work.  “We believe that everyone deserves access to health care,” she said.  

In this time of uncertainty for many, Susan G. Komen San Diego recommits to its core values.

Komen San Diego’s Core Values


We act with respect, dignity, honesty and transparency, even when no one is watching.  We honor and act on behalf of those who have survived, those we have lost, loved ones, and the next generation.  It is because of them that we are good stewards of our resources.  


Breast cancer does not discriminate and neither do we.  We embrace each other with compassion and open arms without judgment. We acknowledge the uniqueness of each story and how it enriches the essence of who we are.  We believe that everyone deserves access to services.


Our promise to find a cure for breast cancer is as strong as our promise to serve each other.  We work tirelessly to save lives, empower people, and ensure quality care for all. 


We have confidence in the truth, in each other, and the future, even when the answers are not right in front of us. We believe in the people we serve and in turn, help them to believe in themselves. We believe that there will be a cure for breast cancer. 


We are more than just a pink ribbon. We are the strength of a volunteer and the hope of a researcher.  We are the generosity of a donor and the tenacity of a survivor.  We take responsibility for all who have or will be affected by breast cancer in San Diego County.


Giving up is not an option for us. A majority of our resources remain within our community to provide free treatment, support and services.  Next to the U.S. Government, we are the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. We create a place of love, healing, and hope so that no one is alone through the breast cancer journey.


We advocate for innovative research, education and breast cancer patient rights. We know awareness can save lives and bring honor to the memory of those we have lost.  We focus efforts on helping women make healthy choices.