Komen for the Cure

Race for the Cure turnout down 7K from last year

Posted June 12, 2012
Updated June 13, 2012

— The weather was perfect Saturday for the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Triangle Race for the Cure, but it didn't mean increased turnout for the state's biggest annual fundraiser for breast cancer research and programs.

In fact, about 16,000 people showed up in west Raleigh for the footrace – roughly 7,000 fewer than last year.

Though the national Susan G. Komen foundation came under fire in February when it decided to stop funding breast cancer screenings provided by Planned Parenthood, the local Komen chapter's interim director Kathy Burns said it's impossible to tell whether that played a role in race turnout. Race for the cure 2012 Photos: Race for the Cure 2012

"I don't know if we'll ever know that," Burns said. "We certainly hope that is something that people stop focusing on and focus on the programs we do."

Public outcry prompted the national organization to quickly restore Planned Parenthood grants for breast cancer screenings.

"It's not political. At the end of the day, anyone can get breast cancer," Burns said. "We're not about politics. We're all about breast health."

She added that 75 percent of funds raised by the Triangle chapter go directly to programs in 29 counties across the state. The other 25 percent helps the national organization fund breast cancer research. 

Burns said she is staying focused on the number of people who did participate in the fundraiser this year.

"(Sixteen thousand) is a tremendous amount of people to show up for one event," she said. 

Rex Healthcare's mobile mammography van is one of the local programs supported by Komen's local chapter. Lower turnout at Race for the Cure unlikely to impact local Komen programs Race for the Cure lower turnout unlikely to impact local programs

"We really can't do what we do without (Komen)," said Rex Foundation spokeswoman Amy Daniels. "Each year, we ask for more. Each of the grantees need more and more. The demand keeps rising and, to meet that demand, we need more funding."

Still, Daniels said, she trusts that Komen will continue to be a strong partner for Rex.

Burns said she didn't expect Rex or other programs to be impacted by race turnout. Komen is continuing to accept donations through July 9 and will sponsor its first-ever Race for the Cure in Wilmington in March, she said.


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  • PeaceRH Jun 13, 2012

    The biggest mistake Komen made was making BOTH sides of the abortion issue mad. I'm pro-choice and don't support Komen even though they overturned their decision. BAD move Komen

  • charlesboyer Jun 13, 2012

    ""I said the founding fathers intended to keep CHURCH and STATE separate." Really? Where do you find that in the historical record exactly?"

    The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?
    -- John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 20, 1815

    The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
    -- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82

    I know it will give great offense to the clergy, but the advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from them.
    -- Thomas Jefferson, to Levi Lincoln, 1802. ME 10:305

  • Gunny the Racist Jun 13, 2012

    "Hey, sparky? You do know that the FF's were liberals, right?"


    I'll awawrd this isiotic post the liberal spin of the day award.

    The founding fathers of this country escaped the british regime and were willing to fight to the death to be able to live in a land where people were FREE from government intervention, free from persecution from religious beliefs, and free from taxation without representation.

    I think these thoughts are more in line with the Tea Party conservatives.

  • Gunny the Racist Jun 13, 2012

    Turns out...when you're funding a liberal organization like planned parenthood with what many thought were donations to help cure breast cancer, that MAY cost you!!! I'm glad to see it.

  • ifcdirector Jun 13, 2012

    "I said the founding fathers intended to keep CHURCH and STATE separate." Really? Where do you find that in the historical record exactly? Where is that located in the Constitution if you want to get down to brass tacks? I typed that slowly to give you time to find someone who could read to you.

  • Pepe Silvia Jun 13, 2012

    casp3r - the two are NOT the same.

    I am pro-choice, but *MY* choice is pro-life.

    I don't believe in abortion but I do not have the right to make that decision for other people.

  • Not_Time_Yet Jun 13, 2012

    I know several SOCIAL groups that have always been big supporters in the past. Four of the women have had breast cancer and survived but, being staunch Catholics they were outraged about the PPH and now vemonently refuse anything to do with Komen. I was rather surprised at the vicious attacks on anyone that still believed in supporting Komen Race for the Cure.

  • Lady Justice Jun 13, 2012

    The negative publicity does affect the way I view the SK foundation now. I was not upset they made a stand. I was upset that they could not stand by that decision. I also was shocked to learn how much money went into the pockets of the organization and how little financed research and actual medical costs. My time and money will be going to other organizations in the future.

  • LikeABadPenny Jun 13, 2012

    "What's it like to live with complete dissonance from humanity and for that matter reality?"

    Considering that I am exceedingly well grounded in reality, and wholely intune, I can honestly say I have no idea.

  • LikeABadPenny Jun 13, 2012

    "You are just trying to justify to yourself that you approve murder."

    So do you then.