Komen 'Race for Cure' Registrations Drop

Planned Parenthood controversy partially to blame: rep
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2012 9:48 AM CDT
Komen 'Race for Cure' Registrations Drop
In this April 14, 2012, photo walkers show colorful signs and attire during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Fort Worth, Texas.   (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Joyce Marshall)

Following its Planned Parenthood debacle, Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is sputtering: In Washington, DC, registration is down almost 40% this year for Saturday's race, and registrations are down elsewhere as well. "I think this is a trend we’re seeing," a Komen spokesperson tells the Post. "Clearly we are seeing that some people may still be staying away because of this issue we had earlier this year."

Donations to Komen affiliates are down as well, although the organization won't say how overall fundraising has been affected. In some locations, like Detroit, registrations fell but fundraising remained the same. In others, like Southern Arizona, registrations and donations both fell so much that it could not give out as many grants this year to community organizations. "We really hope people won’t look at 30 years of good work and let that be harmed by a few weeks of controversy," the spokesperson says. "We’ve apologized for this, and we still need to take care of women … who need us." (More Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation stories.)

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