The first Race for the Cure since the controversy over Susan G. Komen for the Cure defunding and refunding Planned Parenthood could test how deeply the controversy affected the breast-cancer charity’s grass-roots support, Reuters reports.
El Paso, Texas, holds its Race for the Cure, the Komen foundation’s signature fundraiser, on Feb. 19, and another 17 races are slated to take place across the country in March and April.
About 12,000 people registered for the El Paso event in 2011, and about 20,000 attended. The local Komen affiliated said it expected a similar turnout this year, but officials at the charity’s national headquarters declined to comment on whether they expect a change in the public’s attitude about the races.
Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on how the Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy could affect both groups’ finances.