Yeah, I noticed a crapload of commercials for our local one, alot more than years before. Don’t believe they had a very good turnout either. I’d love to see this kind of women power wielded more often.
Four months ago Thursday, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced it was cutting ties with Planned Parenthood, setting off a backlash from its members that eventually led to a complete reversal and the resignation of several top officers. That incident may be behind the breast cancer advocacy group, but the damage is still hampering its marquee Race for the Cure events, which are drawing lower-than-expected participation in cities around the country — sometimes dramatically so.
Nowhere is that more true than in Washington, D.C. On June 2, participants will march in D.C.’s Race for the Cure to raise funds for local cancer treatment and screening services. But registration for the high-profile event, which takes place at the National Mall, is only at about 25,000, according to local station WJLA, a staggering 37.5 percent drop-off from the 40,000 who ran, walked or donated their time last year.
In Sacramento, Calif., approximately 18,000 people participated in the race this year, down from 25,000 the previous year. And it took a late surge in registration to get just to that number. In Richmond, Va., about 6,000 joined in, down from 7,300 the previous year and well short of organizers’ goal of 10,000. Asked about the decline, the local affiliate’s executive director Linda Tiller told the Richmond Times Dispatch there’s “nothing other to attribute it to” than the Planned Parenthood flap.
Tucson, Ariz.’s race shrank from 10,000 registrants to below 8,000 this year. Some 45,000 marched in Columbus, Ohio, down from 50,000 in previous years. In Atlanta, organizers also reported their participation rate was down 10 to 15 percent in 2012.