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Komen Race Faces Fundraising Speed Bump

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Greater New York City Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure says participation and donations for its biggest fundraising event are "significantly down" this year, with just two days to go before the group's annual Race for the Cure on Sunday.

Spokesman Vern Calhoun couldn't provide exact figures. But he says a lack of funding could jeopardize the group's ability to provide grants for breast cancer screenings, treatments and other programs that rely on Komen's financial support.

Komen's national chapter took a big public hit earlier this year, when it decided to stop grants to Planned Parenthood....then quickly reversed course on the issue after a very public outcry.

Acknowledging that backlash, Calhoun pointed out that none of the money raised by the race goes to the national branch. Instead, he says it's used to fund grants in New York, and support nationwide research into cancer treatments.

According to Calhoun, Komen's New York City Chapter raised $6 million during its fundraising period last year. More than 21,000 people signed up for 2011's Race for the Cure.

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Comments [2]

I even used to volunteer, thinking that awareness of women's cancer issues would increase funding for research for better cures. However this has not happened and then they go an want to de-fund planned parenthood! I USED planned parenthood when I had questions about my changing body and did not have the luxury to call "my family doctor"; this is the only way I was able to learn that my symptoms were normal, just those of a teenage girl. Republicans want to make it sound like only women who want to have abortions go to these places, when in fact many women want to simply get answers to general women issues and health care. How could these all-man committees in Congress even understand that when my mom, who has no health care, needed to ask questions about menopause, she went to Planned parenthood?! THEY CAN'T! So yeah, the Susan G. Komen foundation WILL NEVER get my $$ again or my time, and I have made sure all my girlfriends, male friends, and family know why, so they do not participate. We need to fund cancer treatment research and the only way we can do this is by working hard to encourage our youth to pursue careers of research and this will only be done if we work hard to make our public schools strong!! No changes have occurred in treatment, so we might as well educate our youth and support Obamacare so everyone can get the treatments we have developed thus far.

Sep. 07 2012 09:49 AM
SKV from NYC

They'll never get another cent from me. Giving my money to Planned Parenthood.

I'm cringing to think I ever helped support their anti-choice rabid Republican profit machine.

Sep. 06 2012 10:43 PM

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