The Chattanooga Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was founded in the fall of 2000.  Chris Presley, Chattanooga’s inaugural race director, was instrumental in forming the first Susan G. Komen® Race for the Cure in Chattanooga. Chris worked for nearly a year, diligently and passionately, race planning and managing details for Chattanooga’s inaugural event, all while battling a reoccurrence of her breast cancer. Sadly, Chris, age 39, lost her battle just 3 weeks before she would be able to see the results of her countless hours of dedication and hard work. The Susan G. Komen® Chattanooga Affiliate continues to work for education, screening, and treatment support for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

The affiliate serves 16 counties – ten in Tennessee and six in Georgia.  Since its inception, the Chattanooga Affiliate has awarded grants totaling over $2.7 million to local breast health organizations. The annual Chattanooga Race for the Cure takes place in October. Up to 75% of the net proceeds from this race remain in the greater Chattanooga service area funding a variety of breast cancer programs and services.