Komen / Planned Parenthood dispute: What of Race for the Cure?
The dispute between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood appears to threaten one of charity’s most effective events -- the Race for the Cure -- an annual series of walks, jogs and runs that raises money for the renowned breast cancer foundation.
On blogs, Facebook and Twitter, the outpouring of mainly negative comment has made it plain that the fundraising events, which helped boost morale as well as raise money, could face a publicity problem. Millions of people participate in the races, which range from a one-mile loop to three days of walking.
“It is my sincere hope that Komen leadership goes back on this damaging decision and does what’s right for millions of women across the country,” wrote Danielle Riendeau on a guest blog comment on the Boston Globe.
“Until then, you can bet that the pink-laced running shoes of thousands of former Komen supporters will be walking their charity funds elsewhere -- to organizations that believe decisions on women’s health are too important to be swayed by politics,” she wrote.
On Facebook, a page titled Boycott Susan G. Komen & Corporate Partners had begun to garner comments and "likes" -- from both men and women.
“I will be boycotting anything to do with Susan G. Komen until they stop playing political games with women's health. Disappointment with them is a major understatement,” wrote Christa Osier.
“STOP any further support of ANY kind to Susan G. Komen -- or 3 day walks,” wrote Rok Rokrok of Dallas. “DONATE your same $$$ to PLANNED PARENTHOOD in Support Of Womens Rights. SGK is now a political arm of the Republican Party,” he continued, raising the political issues.
Officials at the charity did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
-- Michael Muskal
Photo: Breast cancer survivors cheer at the Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure in 2001. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times