Susan G. Komen Arizona shutting down July 31, Race for the Cure canceled

Susan G. Komen Arizona announced its decision to close its Arizona programs and give remaining funds to in-state breast cancer groups.

Susan G. Komen Arizona announced Wednesday it was shutting down on July 31 and the Race for the Cure scheduled for October has been canceled.

"Today marks the anniversary of my mother's death from breast cancer," Christina Mencuccini tells 12 news while sitting down to discuss the organization's closing. Mencuccini is the Executive Director of Susan G Komen Arizona, a job she loves because it's giving her a chance to honor her mother. "Every single one of us has a story of why we came to Komen," Mencuccini says. 

This is an announcement those who work for the organization have known is coming for quite some time. "Event participation, and fundraising is down across the board," says Mencuccini. "We've felt it for many years and we really felt like we were nearing the end of our ability to carry out the local mission." 

According to a release, Arizona residents will still have access to Komen programs and services through the national helpline at 1-877-GO-KOMEN or through komen.org.

Any local organizations that were selected for grants this past March will receive funding through March 31, 2018.

Jill Bray, the board president for Komen Arizona, said in a release that declining participation in the Race for the Cure and other fundraising initiatives is the reason the organization is ending operations.

Susan G. Komen CEO Ellen Willmott said the organization's "commitment to the people of Arizona remains strong."

Komen Arizona has contributed more than $26 million to Arizona breast cancer programs and services, according to the release, making it the largest private grantor of breast cancer funds in the state.

In 2016, Komen Arizona helped fund: 

• Education for 177,838 people

• 50,695 mammogram screenings

• 8,747 diagnostic procedures

• Breast cancer treatment for 7,086 women and men

RELATED: Full list of grants provided by Komen Arizona this year

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