Aspen, Denver Susan G. Komen affiliates merge

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komen_logo (1)Denver metropolitan affiliate and Aspen affiliate, two Colorado-based affiliates of Susan G. Komen have agreed to merge, representatives said in a news release this week.

The two affiliates, each with strong reputations as local resources and one of the largest medical grant-making organizations in their service area, are merging to ensure continued Komen presence to help women and men access breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support services.

Additionally, the merger will result in efficiency of operations and reduction in operating costs.

The new Susan G. Komen Colorado will maintain offices in Denver and Aspen, according to a news release. The new team will have 10 full-time and 4 part-time employees. Komen Colorado will serve Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties.

Komen Colorado will be governed by a board of directors with representation from both former affiliates ensuring geographical representation and guiding the work to meet the growing need for breast health/breast cancer services in the 22-county service area.

The merger will provide administrative cost savings and allow for expanded services.

Currently there are no treatment dollars in the Aspen region, which results in some of the women from Aspen area seeking services in Denver at Komen grantees. The expansion will allow Komen Colorado to improve the access to care, expand the group of supporters, diversify events and bring more opportunities for corporate partners.

Since its inception, Komen Colorado has raised and distributed nearly $14 million. Researchers in Colorado have received nearly $8.8 million to fund breast cancer investigations.

“By bringing together both organizations, Komen Colorado will be able to save more lives in our state. Both Susan G. Komen affiliates share a strong commitment to support Colorado and provide help to uninsured or under-insured people battling breast cancer,” said Sandy Israel, founder of the Komen Aspen affiliate.