Race For The Cure Participation Off
Organizers for the Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure say registrations for the breast cancer awareness fundraiser are down this year compared to last year's event.
Races across the country are reporting the same fate. Officials believe the recent controversy and negative publicity regarding the national organization has effected local participation. Earlier this year, the Susan G. Komen Foundation initially denied Planned Parenthood funding for mammograms then later reversed the decision.
Officials estimate this year's race nationawide will raise a third less money than last year. Dana Curish, Executive Director of the Central Indiana Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, says that will translate into a third less women receiving breast health services from Komen-funded providers.
Cursih says three-fourths of the money raised goes back to Central Indiana non-profit organizations who provide breast health education, clinical exams and mammogram services. The remaining funds are distributed as research grants around the world. Curish says Purdue University, Indiana University, and the IU Simon Cancer Center are recipients of several Komen research grants.