Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Komen Cancels Charity Walks in Seven Cities

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which holds an annual Boise race in May but suffered a strong publicity backlash in 2012 when it initially sought to cut funding to Planned Parenthood (and ultimately reversed course), announced June 4 that it was putting up a stop sign to cancel a series of 2014 fundraising walks in seven cities: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Washington, D.C. The three-day walks (none were scheduled in Boise) will continue in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego and Seattle.

Komen's signature events are its Race for the Cure—including its Boise event—which includes 5k and marathon races, as well as the walks. More than 1.7 million participants are usually involved nationwide.

But a Komen spokeswomen said in an email that a number of the three-day walks have not been meeting fundraising goals—declining by 37 percent in the past four years.

The charity experienced considerable pushback in 2012 when it said it would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, but reversed the decision within days. Following the controversy, several of the charity's national leaders stepped down from their posts.

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