(WJHL) – Officials with Susan G. Komen East TN announced in a release that the chapter will no longer exist as of March 31 as headquarters begins to centralize operations.
The letter read in part, ” However, it is with a heavy heart, I also write to inform you of the decision by Komen Headquarters to centralize operations, consolidate all of the local affiliates, and refocus its mission to national research, advocacy, and national patient programs provided by the 1-877-GO-KOMEN number.”
Officials with Susan G. Komen East TN said their local chapter will “cease to exist as of March 31, 2021.”
The letter also thanked the community for their support, “It is because of your generous support we are in a position to enable others in our community to continue the fight against breast cancer in East TN.”
A spokesperson for Susan G. Komen said that while the organization is centralizing operations, it is not leaving communities.
The national organization says to meet current and evolving needs, it will be providing support directly to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
“I believe the new structure will enable us to serve more of our neighbors affected by breast cancer, regardless of where they live,” Paula Schneider, Komen’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “To be clear, we still have staff in communities across the country, including Tennessee; they are simply working remotely from their homes. And our mission has not changed; indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has made our work even more critical, to ensure that everyone can access the breast cancer care they need. Breast cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither have we.”
The organization says transitioning to a completely remote workforce and centralizing operations will result in cost savings.
Susan G. Komen will officially assume responsibility for supporting the East Tennessee region on March 31.
The organization says anyone who is facing breast cancer today and in need of support can call Komen’s free helpline at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).