Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G.
Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
The Bayou Region affiliate is one of 125 affiliates and services the parishes of Terrebonne, LaFourche, St. Mary, St. James, and Assumption.
Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
The Bayou Region Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was incorporated in 1999. The Bayou Region Affiliate began in response to a need in the geographic region for increased awareness about breast health and a way to inform women about the importance of mammograms. The CEO of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center was instrumental in beginning the 501c3 to incorporate the Bayou Region Affiliate. This year the Affiliate will hold its 14th Race for the Cure. In addition to the Race, the Bayou Region Affiliate conducts a fundraiser called the Beast Feast.
Komen Race for the Cure
The Affiliate's first race was held in 1998 and had 700 participants. Last year's Race was a huge success drawing more than 2200 participants and well over 5000 attendees at the day's events. The Komen Bayou Region Race for the Cure is more than just a race — it is a family event! Participants and other attendees usually stay up to three hours after the Race to socialize and enjoy the food, music, and refreshments. In addition to honoring breast cancer survivors and remembering those who have lost their battle to the disease, we also host a jambalaya and chili cook-off that day. Teams throughout the Bayou Region cook up delicious food and the participants get to enjoy the results.
Beast Feast is a very unique and popular fundraiser in which we invite all the local doctors and their family and friends to enjoy food prepared by local restaurants and participate in a live and silent auction. Beast Feast is an attraction for outdoorsmen because we auction off mainly wildlife products. Each year our favorite auction item is a labrador retriever puppy! Local restaurants prepare wild game and other great dishes for everyone to enjoy. The Affiliate recently held its 11th annual Beast Feast and once again it was a major success.
We offer support and hope to everyone touched by breast cancer. Contact us by email or call (985) 493-4448 to find out more.