HolyCoast: Susan G. Komen For the Cure Paying the Price For Their PR Disaster

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Susan G. Komen For the Cure Paying the Price For Their PR Disaster

First they cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, and then quickly reinstated it, thus effectively ticking off people on both sides of the abortion argument. That PR disaster is showing up in the attendance at their events:
Saturday’s annual Komen Race for the Cure is the first one to be held following Komen’s controversial decision to withdraw funding for breast exams from Planned Parenthod.

Even though the decision was quickly reversed, it was clear damage had been done to Komen’s reputation as many former supporters remained angry about the whole ordeal.

So far this year, Komen’s St. Louis chapter claims to have the second largest registration to this point, around 44,000 – trailing only Rome Italy’s 50,000 or so.

But even this highly supportive city has seen a drop in numbers.

It’s something that Helen Chesnut, executive director of the St. Louis affiliate, says they have to move past while remaining focused on their goal of raising money for breast cancer research.

“No matter what is happening in the outside world we stay concentrated on our mission,” Chesnut tells KMOX News. “The only losers in any kind of controversy are usually those who need the help the most, and that’s the reason why we can’t be distracted.”

Two years ago St. Louis participation in the annual event hit a record of more than 71,000.

Three days before Saturday’s 14th annual race, around 44,000 have signed up to take part.
I gotta say, this makes me smile. While I'm fully supportive of people donating to the disease of their choice, Susan G. Komen deserves to lose their status as the nation's most politically correct charity. I personally will not buy ANY products with the Komen pink ribbon on them, and I imagine a lot of others will do the same.


Larry said...

From the June 2 Washington Post:

"Andrea Rader, a Komen spokeswoman, estimated Saturday’s turnout at 26,000 to 27,000. The D.C. event, one of the largest in the country, drew 40,000 participants last year. In previous years, up to 60,000 people have participated."

Nightingale said...

I won't participate in Komen events anymore, not because they dared to withhold money from Planned Parenthood, but because they caved.

Underdog said...

It's clear that the PP funding is more important than a proper backbone to these folks.

I don't give money to jellyfish. . . and I don't support those who secretly "backroom door" deal favorably with abortion. The little people like me can connect the dots.

Sam L. said...

Shot themselves in the foot; both feet, actually.