National breast cancer organization closing local offices, centralizing operations

National breast cancer organization closing local offices, centralizing operations

PITTSBURGH — Offices in Pittsburgh and Scranton will be shut down as Susan G. Komen centralizes its operations.

According a news release, there will be no need for affiliate offices after the consolidation and the offices in Pennsylvania will close by the end of the year.

In Pittsburgh, the first Race for the Cure was held in 1993 and an affiliate office opened in the city in 2005. In 2018, the Scranton and Pittsburgh offices merged to form the Greater PA Affiliate. About $46 million has been raised for community education, screening and treatment as well as $10 million for breast cancer research across the state. Much of that money was reinvested in the region, going in part to sponsor two Komen scholars at the University of Pittsburgh.

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The Greater PA Affiliate has donated its remaining funds to five other nonprofit groups that are also fighting breast cancer across the state: Adagio Health, Cancer Caring Center, Our Clubhouse, Candy’s Place - Cancer and Wellness Center and Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Details of how the national headquarters will move forward with events such as the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure are still to be determined.

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