It’s a real shame how politics has saturated so much of what we do. Susan G. Komen was looked at as a first rate apolitical, non-profit organization from conservatives and liberals alike. The cause was finding the cure for breast cancer and that’s a cause that women of all political ideologies can rally behind. As a very partisan person myself – I find their actions very sad indeed because we do need more – not less – of these non-political, non-divisive organizations. If we can’t rally around breast cancer – then we’re all a lost cause….it’s just going to be time to pack it all up and give up on humanity.
In this case – people aren’t giving up on breast cancer…they’re giving up on highly partisan behavior by what purported itself to be a non-political organization. And not unlike finding your partner has cheated on you – trying to repair that breach of trust is sometimes impossible. For some people – like myself – it’s a deal breaker. Their true colors have been shown, and I wouldn’t show support for their organization unless the still CEO Susan Brinker steps down. I strongly support breast cancer research and hope to see a cure, but instead of throwing your money into a political machine like Susan G. Komen – feel free to donate to any of the following organizations HERE.
If you lived under a rock and don’t know about Susan G. Komen’s decision to go full on partisan – you can read HERE.
NPR writes about Komen’s problems HERE:
PAM FESSLER, BYLINE: Thirty-seven thousand people crossed the finish line at last year’s Global Race for the Cure, as drummers performed on the National Mall.
FESSLER: But this year, participation’s expected to be down about 30 percent, closer to 25,000 people. Komen races in other cities have seen similar results this spring. In Winston-Salem, participation was down 40 percent. In Tucson, it dropped 25 percent. In Seattle, a decline of about a third is expected.
FireDogLake adds HERE:
The Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure won’t exactly come out and tell you that their charity has been turned upside-down by the scandal over their dropping, and then restoring, Planned Parenthood funding. They won’t release figures showing that their core base of support was alienated by the attack on women’s health. So you have to look to other factors. Like their signature events.
Registration is down nearly 40 percent for this year’s Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington after the controversy in February over the breast cancer charity’s unsuccessful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.
Across the country, numerous affiliates have reported a downturn in donations and registration for Komen for the Cure events in the aftermath of the funding flap.
With three days to go before Saturday’s D.C. race, about 25,000 people have registered, compared with just under 40,000 who took part last year, Komen spokeswoman Andrea Rader said Wednesday. Last year, the charity event raised $5 million. Rader declined to say how much has been raised so far this year. Fundraising typically continues for about 30 days after an event, she said.
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