CHICAGO, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® announced today that it has named Rita Forden as Chief Executive Officer. Forden joins Susan G. Komen from the Illinois division of the American Cancer Society. "Rita is a nationally recognized leader in the health education and cancer prevention community," said Richard Biller, Chairman of the Board for the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. "She has a passion for making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and families, as well as a compelling vision to further our mission and broaden our organization's ties within the Chicago philanthropic community. We are very pleased she is joining our organization and look forward to working with her to bring our organization to new levels of success." Established in 1997, the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® held the first Susan G. Komen Chicago Race for the Cure®. Komen Chicago will host its 16 th Annual Race for the Cure® in Chicago Grant Park on May 12th, 2013 with the Komen Chicago Mother's Day Race for the Cure® honoring former First Lady Maggie C. Daley. It has awarded over $12 million towards the fight against breast cancer by funding grassroots breast health navigation, breast cancer education, screening, and treatment projects. Seventy-five percent (75%) of net proceeds generated by the Komen Chicagoland Affiliate stay in the metropolitan area, while the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) supports the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program for global research. In 2011, Komen Chicago was awarded the Affiliate of the Year by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. "For more than 15 years, Susan G. Komen Chicago has been the leading voice for breast cancer education and prevention in this region," said Forden. "I am very excited to build upon the strong foundation and programs that have produced millions of dollars in funding for essential research. Together with our dedicated team of Board Members, donors, volunteers and employees, we will continue to pursue our mission of a world without breast cancer."