Remembering CJ Taylor–founder of Komen Puget Sound

Today, our hearts go out to friends and family who are mourning the loss of CJ Taylor. CJ was the founder of Komen Puget Sound (beneficiary of the Washington Romp) and also the co-founder of the SAMA Foundation. CJ made an incredible impact on the fight against breast cancer and will be deeply missed.

Message from Cheryl Shaw
(Executive Director, Komen Puget Sound)

We are greatly saddened by the loss of CJ Taylor, founder of the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  She was a compassionate, dedicated leader with a humble spirit. 

CJ Taylor championed the breast cancer movement in the Puget Sound area.  In 1993, CJ led a dedicated group of volunteers to launch the first Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure®.

Remembering CJ Taylor, Komen Puget Sound Founder

Under her leadership, the Race for the Cure grew from an event which raised $65,000 in its first year to one of the city’s top cause-related walks, raising more than $1.3 million a short six y

ears later.  Due to CJ’s acumen, the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate soon ranked among the top seven Komen Affiliates out of 119 nationally, and the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate was awarded the Affiliate of the Year.

Among a long list of accomplishments, CJ advocated for increased state funding for the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program and secured $1 million per year to increase enrollment for uninsured women to receive breast cancer screening. Due to CJ’s advocacy, influence and determination, thousands of underserved women have received breast cancer screening, saving the lives of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends residing in Western Washington

CJ Taylor had the gift of vision, the wisdom to strategize, and the extraordinary ability to garner support and participation from government to community.  She

created a legacy for the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate to which we aspire to continue her work in breast cancer advocacy, services, patient support and ultimately – the cure.  She was a true example of the power one person has to change lives.

We hold her family in our thoughts and prayers and dedicate ourselves to fulfilling her vision to eliminate breast cancer disparities and ensure all women have access to breast health care.


Cheryl Shaw,
Executive Director
Komen Puget Sound


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