Fewer people registering for Susan G. Komen races
DALLAS (AP) — For years, Katie Sanchez participated in her local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, raising money annually to honor her aunt, cousin and a male friend — all breast cancer survivors.
But when her local race rolls around this fall, she won’t be there. She already donated her entry fee to Planned Parenthood.
“Pretty much everyone I walk with has decided to do something else,” she said.
Sanchez and many other Komen supporters have abandoned the nation’s largest breast-cancer charity since news emerged in late January that it had decided to stop making grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer-screening. Komen soon reversed that move following a three-day onslaught of criticism.
Organizers of individual Race for the Cure events — 5K runs and walks that account for most of the charity’s fundraising — have seen participation decline by as much as 30 percent. Most also saw their fundraising numbers go down, although a couple of races brought in more money.
Race organizers acknowledge the effect of the Planned Parenthood debacle, which angered people on both sides of the abortion debate.
“I think there’s no getting around the fact that the controversy did have an impact,” said Leslie Aun, a spokeswoman for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.