Susan G. Komen LA Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month With TV Telethon


Since 1995, the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has raised over $9.2 million to provide community-based grants to local organizations offering crucial breast cancer services and to help fund cutting edge breast cancer research. A major focus of the Komen Los Angeles County Affiliate is to help uninsured and underinsured women under 40 and men who have symptoms of breast cancer. Komen’s important work in the community is made possible through year-round fundraising efforts, including the Race for the Cure, Core of Komen, and the support of local businesses. Komen LA County is grateful for its dedicated network of volunteers and donors that share their time and resources in support of our mission to end breast cancer forever.  

Susan G. Komen® Los Angeles County is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that operates under the charter of the international organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas. 

Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County Affiliate is excited to announce our October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month event, for the Treatment Assistance Program. Our Treatment Assistance Program provides financial support to cover expenses such as childcare, transportation to and from treatment, home care, food, oral pain medication, durable medical equipment, oral chemotherapy and more.

This televised event will air on KCAL9 and CBSN in Southern California and nationwide on Saturday, October 3rd, from 6p.m. to 8p.m. CBS2/KCAL9 anchor Pat Harvey, Emmy award winning journalist, will be hosting our event with Samantha Harris of Dancing with the Stars and Ryan “Q” Quast. Additional appearances include Melissa Manchester, Sandra Lee, Kelly Osbourne, Summer Watson, Matt Goss, Dauzat St. Marie, Brett Favre, Marlee Matlin, Billy Vera, and Raphael Alejandro.

We are looking to our passionate supporters to assist breast cancer patients receive critical services by helping us raise the $500,000 immediately needed for the Komen Treatment Assistance Program. The demand for assistance regularly outpaces available funds, and the layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic have increased the need for TAP funds. Your support will directly assist many of these vulnerable patients and their families now when they need the help most.

Nearly 16 million women and men live in the Southern California service areas of Susan G. Komen. In Los Angeles alone, each year, almost 6,000 are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 1,100 people die from the disease. In the Komen LA County service area, 21 families will lose a loved one to breast cancer each week.

In the last 25 years, the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has invested over $11.9 million in breast cancer screening, treatment services, research and education in our community. Komen LA County has continued serving its community during the coronavirus pandemic by facilitating services including mammogram screenings, rides to doctor’s appointments and access to nutritious healthy meals.

With your support, Komen LA County can continue to meet the immediate daily needs of breast cancer patients and their families.

Find out more about their incredible programs here: https://komenlacounty.org/

Aired: Sept. 27, 2020. On the show: Lisa Foxx spoke with Susan G. Komen LA Executive Director Mark Pilon as we kick off 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month.' They discuss where we currently stand, numbers wise of women still being diagnosed and dying of breast cancer, what strides have been made with research. They also discuss at length their incredible TAP program. TAP is the Treatment Assistance Program that helps women diagnosed with breast cancer, with some of the most basic, essential needs like rides to and from the doctor/treatments, help with grocery shopping, child care, picking up meds and more. They also discussed their Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference happening virtually in October and their 1st ever TV telethon to raise much needed funds Saturday, October 3 on KCAL9.