"Closing Komen Arizona was a difficult decision, but was based on financial challenges and current downward trends in overall fundraising and event participation which limited our ability to continue to fulfill our mission locally," the chapter wrote in a letter posted online Wednesday.
The letter said the date coincided with the end of the chapter's agreement with the Komen organization.
As a result, the "Race for the Cure" fundraiser that was scheduled for October has been canceled.
Registration and other fees for that event will be refunded, the organization said.
"Our focus now through July 31 is to maximize the available funds granted to local organizations, and to support the communities we serve during this transition," Executive Director of Arizona's chapter, Christina Mencuccini, and Jill Bray, board president for Susan G. Komen Arizona, said in the letter.
As of Wednesday, Komen Arizona says the national organization is hoping to have some sort of presence in our state and even continue to donate money, but how much and when remains unclear.
"We're working right now with Komen national to find ways that money can come back into Arizona," Mencuccini said.
Those organizations that were awarded grants will be funded through March 31, 2018, according to a news release.
The state will be transitioned to Komen's national mission and programs. Arizonans can still contact Komen for treatment, clinical trials and educations through the national help line, 1-877-GO-KOMEN or at www.Komen.org, the release said.
In 2013, the Associated Press reported that the Komen Foundation planned to cut half of its 3-Day races because of low participation.
FULL LETTER, as it was posted online.
June 21, 2017
Dear Komen Arizona Family:
We are saddened to report that the Susan G. Komen® Arizona Board of Directors has decided to close the local Affiliate. Closing Komen Arizona was a difficult decision, but was based on financial challenges and current downward trends in overall fundraising and event participation which limited our ability to continue to fulfill our mission locally. We will cease operations in Arizona effective July 31, 2017, which coincides with the end of our current affiliation agreement with the Susan G. Komen organization.
Because of this decision, we have cancelled the 2017 Phoenix Race for the Cure®, which was scheduled for October. Registration checks and associated fees that have been submitted to date for the Race will be refunded.
For more than two decades, the programs funded by Komen Arizona have helped countless women and men in Arizona. None of this could have been possible without you!
Our focus now through July 31 is to maximize the available funds granted to local organizations, and to support the communities we serve during this transition. This year’s grantees are listed here http://komenarizona.org/grants/applying-for-community-grants/.
Susan G. Komen’s commitment to the people of Arizona remains strong. Over $4.4 million has been returned to Arizona through 19 research grants. Komen is committed to continuing to provide patient support and engagement opportunities through its national programs in the state. For example, Arizona residents may access treatment, clinical trial, education and other patient support programs through Komen’s national Help Line at 1-877-GO-KOMEN or through komen.org.
Supporters also can continue to support the breast cancer cause in ways that are meaningful for them through Komen’s national fundraising and advocacy programs, including by raising funds through Komen’s Do It Yourself (DIY) fundraising platform. We sincerely hope you will continue to support this worthy cause.
It is with a heavy heart but an uplifting feeling of accomplishment thanks to your commitment that the directors of the Susan G. Komen® Arizona Affiliate bids you farewell and extends a sincere Thank you.
The Cancer Support Community Arizona also released a statement on the closing that read in part:
"With the announcement that the Susan G. Komen Arizona office will close next month after 24 years,
Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) shares the concern of our local community. At a time when
many in the cancer community are feeling devastated by the loss of the Susan G. Komen Arizona
chapter, CSCAZ sends our sympathy, support, and reassurance.
With 18 years in the Valley, the Cancer Support Community’s Arizona affiliate recognizes that non-profit
organizations belong to the community and exist solely to serve the people in the community. Cancer
Support Community Arizona shares the mission of providing assistance to the underserved members of
our society and want to assure Arizonans that CSCAZ is committed and honored to offer support to
those who are impacted by cancer of any kind, at any stage, and at any age.
The Komen organization will continue to offer national support through a toll-free helpline while those
who need more personal and local contacts are welcome to attend our support groups, which are
facilitated by licensed, professional mental health providers at no cost to participants."