Local Komen Affiliates Join Forces to Form Susan G. Komen® East Central Texas

Susan G. Komen® Tyler and Susan G. Komen® Central Texas, based in Waco,  have joined forces to make a bigger impact in the fight against breast cancer and will operate as one entity: Susan G. Komen® East Central Texas. Effective April 1, 2016, the new, consolidated organization will also expand its reach to serve ten additional counties not previously served by Komen.  Komen East Central Texas will now serve 17 counties in east central Texas.

Komen East Central Texas, which will be based in Tyler, will continue to fund breast cancer screening, breast health education and patient navigation and support services to women and men across the combined service area who are most at risk and most in need.  Each Affiliate’s supporters will continue to have the opportunity to engage with Komen in their communities in the same manner in which they have become accustomed, as both Komen Race for the Cure® events will continue. The 2016 Tyler Race is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, in downtown Tyler. The Central Texas Race will take place in Waco in the Fall (date t.b.d).

The consolidated organization will combine staff and volunteer leadership, grant-making relationships and fundraising capacities to strengthen its overall operations and eliminate duplication, with the overall goal of maximizing the resources and support available for the entire, now larger, service area.

Lia Rains has been named executive director of the new Komen East Central Texas.  She previously served in the same capacity with Komen Tyler.

“Our mission drives all we do,” said Rains. “We are continuing to put our mission and the people we serve first.  As Komen East Central Texas, we now have greater potential to strengthen our presence and impact in the local fight against breast cancer. We will maximize grant funding to local breast health programs to help even more women and men across the east central Texas region access critical resources to find breast cancer early and then beat the disease.”

William Campbell, previously Board President of Komen Tyler, will serve as Board President of Komen East Central Texas. “We have a strong commitment to the people of east central Texas,” said Campbell. “For that reason, it made great sense to us to combine our resources and so that we can more robustly serve a now expanded service area. Our staff and volunteers will continue to focus on the most important aspect of our work – translating the generosity of the people in our community into funds for programs and resources that will help save lives and end breast cancer forever.”

Komen East Central Texas service area:  Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Mclennan, Milam and Smith counties with the new addition of Anderson, Cherokee, Ellis, Freestone, Henderson, Hill, Kaufman, Limestone, Navarro and Van Zandt counties.