Registrants for Komen Race for the Cure Way Down
Ouch. It looks like the Komen Foundation may have caused itself permanent damage as a result of last February’s row over Planned Parenthood:
With just days until the Komen Global Race for the Cure in the District, registration is way down compared to last year, and it’s in part because of the controversy that surrounded the charity’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.
In 2011, 40,000 people converged on Washington as part of the annual charity run and walk, raising $5 million for clinics across the nation.
However, this weekend’s race will fall short of last year’s numbers, and its not alone. Races in cities such as Seattle, Richmond and Fort Worth have seen their numbers drop by, on average, one-third. In D.C., 25,000 people have registered for this year’s race.
A row emerged this past February when the Komen for the Cure announced it was pulling grants to Planned Parenthood for breast exams. The organization reversed its decision quickly.