Susan G. Komen® Announces Additional $3 Million Commitment from the
Caterpillar Foundation to Improve Detection of Breast Cancer in Latin
Renewed Three-Year Partnership Continues 2011 Investment to a total of $5
DALLAS -- October 8, 2013
A women’s health partnership that has already served millions in Latin America
is growing larger with the announcement today that the Caterpillar Foundation
will invest an additional $3 million toward Latin American breast cancer
programs with Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.
The $3 million, three-year partnership adds to the $2 million that Caterpillar
first donated in 2011 for breast cancer programs to increase awareness,
strengthen services and remove barriers to access in Monterrey, Mexico; Panama
City, Panama; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The additional funding will allow
programs to expand to new cities in Latin America.
“Caterpillar’s commitment has already made a significant difference for
millions of women in Latin America, with more to come,” said Nancy G. Brinker,
founder and chair, global strategy for Susan G. Komen. “We’re looking forward
to building on our work with local governments, to reach our mutual goal of
sustainable and improved healthcare in Latin America.”
Since it began in 2011, the partnership has touched 3.3 million women through
mass media public awareness campaigns, educational workshops and training of
community educators, conferences and formal trainings with the medical
community and the reduction of barriers preventing women from accessing breast
In addition, more than 6,000 women have been screened for breast cancer
through either clinical breast exams or mammograms, many of whom were
receiving one for their first time.
"The Caterpillar Foundation is proud to extend our partnership with Susan G.
Komen,” said Michele Sullivan, President of the Caterpillar Foundation. “By
educating communities in Latin America about breast cancer and improving
access to trained medical professionals, we’re empowering women to proactively
take control of their health. ”
In Mexico, health educators equipped with Komen’s breast self-awareness
messaging are going door-to-door to reach women in low-income communities and
teaching them to take action for their health by understanding their family
history, making visits to the doctor, being vigilant about changes in their
body and living healthy lifestyles. In Panama, Komen is collaborating with
indigenous leaders to promote breast cancer awareness to men and women in
several marginalized indigenous communities. And in addition to building the
capacity of social workers in Brazil, grants to this country have created
training opportunities for breast cancer experts to share valuable knowledge
and techniques essential to improving screening, diagnostic and treatment
Thanks to the Caterpillar renewal, these types of services will soon expand to
Piracicaba and Northeast Brazil; Guadalajara, Mexico; and rural communities in
“In Panama, we are committed to saving lives from breast cancer. Susan G.
Komen and the Caterpillar Foundation are partnering with us at the community
level to achieve this,” said Dr. Javier Diaz, Minister of Health of Panama.
“Their local engagement and support are leading to sustainable improvements,
and already raising awareness and helping women to access life-saving services
in Panama City.”
According to the World Breast Cancer Report 2012 – published by the
International Prevention Research Institute and funded by Komen – there will
be more than 1.6 million women diagnosed with breast cancer this year,
compared to about 641,000 in 1980. Estimates from 2008 from the International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) predict that in the next decade, more
than 17.5 million women around the world will develop breast cancer, and more
than 5 million women will die of the disease.
Recognizing the growing global impact of breast cancer, the shared challenges
among countries worldwide, and the value of coordinated advocacy in the battle
against this disease, Komen began exploring outreach outside the U.S. in 1999.
Komen has partnered or funded programs in more than 50 countries and has
awarded more than $27 millionfor international breast cancer research grants
and more than$17 millionfor international community education and outreach
About Susan G. Komen^®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in
her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen^® works to end breast
cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $790
million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach
programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and
uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research
and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit
komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Caterpillar Foundation
Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar
Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more
than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world
by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability,
access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global
impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit
Susan G. Komen
Kiki Ryan, 972-855-4382
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