About Us

Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, is laser-focused on saving lives and creating a world without breast cancer. To make that vision a reality, we employ a unique, 360-degree approach to discovering breakthroughs for the most aggressive and deadly breast cancers, while ensuring everyone gets the care they need – no matter who they are or where they live.

By investing in Komen, you are helping to accelerate research while also ensuring your neighbors facing breast cancer today get the help, support, and treatments they need to live longer.

Susan G. Komen® New Orleans is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of Komen New Orleans net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

As the New Orleans Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, we support the Komen Mission: To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

The Komen New Orleans service area covers 8 parishes:  Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard,
St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Washington.

As part of a nationwide organization, we share one common Komen Vision: a world without breast cancer.

For information on breast health, visit the About Breast Cancer (ABC) section of komen.org.

For breast cancer resources in your community, please visit our Local Breast Cancer Resources for You section.

Where Your Money Goes

When you invest your dollars with or fundraise for Susan G. Komen New Orleans, you are helping to fight breast cancer on all fronts. With a nationwide footprint, Susan G. Komen is uniquely structured to focus on four pillars to advance our mission — Research, Care, Community, and Action.

Research is the only thing that will ultimately cure breast cancer. To ensure our investments have the greatest benefits to patients, Komen is focused on research that will lead to new, more effective treatments, especially for the most aggressive and deadly breast cancers.

To learn more about Komen’s research priorities, and current research underway, click here.

Addressing gaps in care ensures that our neighbors have access to the resources they need, no matter where they live. Through our Treatment Assistance Program, the Komen Breast Care Helpline, the Komen Clinical Trial Information Helpline, and online resources found in the About Breast Cancer (ABC) section of komen.org, we are able to connect people to need so that we can save more lives.

Building on our legacy of community impact, we are committed to getting closer to patients to support their needs in relevant ways. Through the Komen African American Health Equity Initiative and the Komen Metastatic Breast Cancer Impact Series, we are able to address the unique system drivers that affect different communities.

Whether it is taking action through public policy advocacy to increase research funding or to break down legal and regulatory barriers to care, Komen ensures the voice of the breast cancer community is heard by policymakers at all levels of government.

To learn more about Komen’s advocacy priorities, and to become a Komen Advocate, click here.

History & Transformation in Mission Delivery

Susan G. Komen continues to be the organization of choice for those looking to make a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer. Komen’s unmatched national infrastructure and global, grassroots footprint enables us to provide innovative and impactful solutions quickly at scale.

Susan G. 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. Susan fought breast cancer with her heart, body, and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation.

Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $1 billion 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.

Working Together to Create Greater Impact

In 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic showed that Komen’s role in ensuring that our neighbors affected by breast cancer get the care they need would become more important than ever. To support both long-term sustainability, and to most effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the breast cancer community we serve, Susan G. Komen headquarters announced a series of changes to unify mission delivery and centralize operational structure.

With these changes, a new era of mission delivery will take place. This includes strengthening advocacy and investment in research, as well as focusing on connecting to breast cancer patients in more direct and personal ways.

As a result, throughout 2020 and 2021, Komen headquarters will transition its 61 Affiliates into one united entity. While this transition means there will no longer be an independent New Orleans Susan G. Komen Affiliate, it does not mean that Komen is leaving New Orleans.

During this time of transition and consolidation at a national level, Susan G. Komen, and the leadership of our New Orleans Affiliate, is committed to fulfilling awarded grant commitments and established partnerships across our service area.

While community grantmaking will cease after the national consolidation, Susan G. Komen will continue to provide excellent local engagement opportunities and support – both for those who need our help and for those who want to help.

With dollars raised, we will continue to fund life-changing research. We will continue to advocate for compassionate public policy and patient rights.  We will continue to empower people with fact-based information.  And, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors across our communities.

Komen New Orleans Affiliate Office

Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Email: info@komenneworleans.org
Media Inquiries:  Lisa Plunkett | Executive Director

Lisa Plunkett
Executive Director
E: lisa@komenneworleans.org |504-455-7310

Carin Evans
Affiliate Coordinator
E: carin@komenneworleans.org | 504-455-7310

Pam Stanton
Affiliate Bookkeeper
E: pam@komenneworleans.org | 504-455-7310