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Susan G. Komen office in Savannah closes

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 10:21 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia office in Savannah is closed.

The organization’s state executive director confirmed said the Atlanta office is also closed. It’s all to move the organization into one entity.

Julie Wade is also a breast cancer survivor, who says not having an office located in Savannah is a huge loss to the families and individuals affected by breast cancer.

“It was really part of my healing to be a part of the Komen community here,” Wade said.

Wade volunteered with the Coastal Georgia chapter of the Susan G. Komen organization, even before her diagnosis seven years ago. Once diagnosed, she says most of her recovery process was with the Komen community in Savannah through fundraisers such as Race for the Cure.

“We did a huge fundraiser, and it was a way for me and my family and friends to kind of direct this energy we had toward something good,” Wade said.

Wade says the fundraising events hosted by Susan G. Komen did a lot of good in the local community.

“Komen always said ‘Raised here, stays here.’ They were giving to local hospitals and community centers to pay for mammograms, to pay for transportation. There is some local research happening, local studies, so it was going to that,” Wade said.

Just this March, six community organizations received funds to help them continue the fight against breast cancer. Each were awarded more than $86,000 from Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia.

Wade worries about the absence of this local resource and community support, as breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and men in the country.

“I know there are other local organizations supporting breast cancer. I hope one of them emerges as the leader here,” Wade said.

The state executive director, Ciarra McEachin, said there will still be local volunteers in Georgia communities, just no physical offices. She also says the organization plans to still hosts its annual fundraising events, but she says the money raised will be given to areas all around the state - not just the community it was raised in.

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