2008 Dream Home Beneficiary







The Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded on a personal promise also.  Penelope Wilson’s partner, Annie Wingo, died of breast cancer in 1992.  The following year when Penelope moved to Charlotte, she promised herself she would try and do something to help in the fight against breast cancer.  Upon discovering Komen for the Cure, she knew she had found a great resource.  Komen did it all; they provided funding for research to find a cure for breast cancer, but also supported local education, screening and treatment programs to help with prevention and the message of early detection.  Penelope wrote an appeal for help and placed it in the local newspaper.  And the rest is history.  A wonderful group of women came together to hold the first annual Susan G. Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure on October 4, 1997.  They expected 1000 participants, but received over 2,300.  In 1999, after growing the Race for two years, the group decided to establish a local Komen Affiliate by incorporating with the National office.  With the incorporation, a fifteen-member Board of Directors was created to pursue breast cancer and breast health outreach on a year-round basis.  In 2001, a full-time executive director was hired for the first time.
Since its inception, the Komen Charlotte Affiliate has made great strides in improving breast health services and reaching out to the underserved members in our local community. We have established an annual grant funding program to award local breast health organizations for innovative breast health projects in a nine-county service area.  We hold multiple fundraisers during the year, not just the annual Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure.  Through these events, and other events hosted by organizations and individuals, the Affiliate has raised over $10 million in eleven years.

"The Charlotte Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is honored to be the beneficiary for Charlotte magazine's 2nd Dream Home! The funds raised will allow Komen Charlotte to continue reaching the underserved members of our community. The Dream Home helps to fund our mission and spreads awareness of early detection -- where lives are saved. THANK YOU".
- Gloria Scienski, Executive Director of Komen Charlotte