Participation in Susan G. Komen for the Cure fundraisers is down so far this year, with some longtime racers for the cure saying they were put off by the Planned Parenthood controversy, writes the Associated Press.
Nine of the breast-cancer charity’s signature Race for the Cure events, which accouint for most of its fundraising, have been held so far this spring. According to an AP analysis, the number of entrants has declined by 10 percent to 30 percent, and most – though not all – of the races have take in less money than in 2011.
“I think there’s no getting around the fact that the controversy did have an impact,” Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said of the flap earlier this year over the charity’s decisions to pull, then reinstate, grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates for cancer screenings.
“We’re not back where we were,” Ms. Aun said. “We know that it’s going to take a while.”