Komen Race for the Cure sees 22% decline in donations following Planned Parenthood funding controversy

The Race for the Cure has hit a wall. Breast Cancer giant Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been embroiled in funding controversies, and a new report shows that its  revenue are plummeting, not only for its once-popular race, but also for its organization at large.

Reports show that Komen had a 22% drop in donations in the year after the controversy over its donations to Planned Parenthood. Reports also showed that “fewer people took part in its fundraising Races for the Cure across the country. The organization announced last summer that it would cancel half of its three-day charity walks for this year because of a drop in participation.”

Komen donates about $700,000 to the abortion giant for “breast cancer screenings,” which don’t include actual mammograms. Planned Parenthood facilities aren’t even licensed to perform mammograms, nor do they have the proper equipment to do them. Still, Komen persists in donating money for screenings. And its begun to hurt the breast cancer research organization in the pocketbook.

Early in 2012, news of Komen’s funding to Planned Parenthood became widespread and controversial, causing Komen to distance itself from Planned Parenthood—for three days. In that time, Planned Parenthood demanded a resurrection. Taking to the power of social networking and using its bullying skills, the abortion provider accomplished two things: It got Komen to reverse its decision and continue to fund them, and it helped the abortion provider raise about $3 million more with its pitiful pathos that made Americans give out of sympathy.

While the funding fiasco of early 2012 is what brought this issue to the forefront, Komen’s real mistake was filtering funds through the nation’s largest provider of abortions, which didn’t provide mammograms, the most common and accurate way of detecting breast cancer. Komen’s unwise decision was one that would inevitably cause it problems.

Several problems exist in the Komen/Planned Parenthood dysfunctional relationship.

First, the obvious problem is that Komen is supposed to be providing help for women with breast cancer. To use a middle man to get women the most immediate attention is irresponsible, at best; it’s deadly, at worst.

Second, numerous studies have shown there is a correlation between abortion and incidences of breast cancer. The most recent meta-analysis published last month reports that “Compared to people without any history of [induced abortion], an increased risk of breast cancer was observed among females who had at least one [induced abortion].” You can read more on that here.

Third, Planned Parenthood has lied repeatedly Most recently in regards to this controversy, few remember what Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said back when she was busy doing cyber bullying of Komen. As Planned Parenthood raked in $3 million extra as it pleaded for sympathy at losing Komen’s donations, Richards said the extra outpouring of public  donations would allow them to “expand our breast care work beyond our wildest dreams.”

However, some dreams look more like fantasies. As its recent annual report showed, even the limited breast health services the abortion provider does offer were declining, not rising. In 2011, the organization reported doing  639,384 breast exams; however, in its 2012 report, it shows 549,804 such exams.

What Komen found is that in its lifesaving mission, it partnered with the angel of death and in the end, Planned Parenthood got richer while Komen has lost millions of dollars in donations and corporate sponsors.

As the saying goes “When you dance with the devil, the devil don’t change… the devil changes you.” One can hope that Komen chooses a better dance partner for its next performance.

  • MamaBear

    I have several reasons besides Planned Parenthood why I do not donate to Koman and would not even if they cut all ties to Planned Parenthood.
    (1.) Koman spends over 40% of it’s resources on a very watered down “awareness,” leading women to falsely believe ALL they need to do is get mammograms and check for lumps and they will always catch cancer early and at an early stage. (If I sound a little bitter here, it’s because I used to believe their “educational” information. More accurate information might not have changed anything in my case, but at least it wouldn’t have been as much of a shock. Nor would I have been put through the hurt of so many people falsely judging me because they also thought you could only get advanced cancer if you skipped your tests.)
    (2.) Koman does not tell women there are breast cancers without lumps (1 to 5%), that may fail to be picked up by mammograms (5 to 10%), or any of the signs to watch for with those breast cancers.
    (3.) Koman leads women to believe that after treatment they are safe, that they have won, yet 30% of stages 1, 2, and 3 eventually metastasize (spread to bones, liver, or brain). still treatable, but always eventually fatal – 40,000 women die each year from it. Approximately the same numbers as 20 years ago.

    (4.) Koman only spends 17% on research. This is down from 20% just a few years ago. Only 2% goes to research for treating metastasized cancer.
    (5.) Koman also has a very large administrative overhead.
    These problems are not unique to Komen. But as the leader and most prominent among breast cancer organizations, we should be able to expect better from them. I personally prefer my donations to go to research or patient needs.

    • Basset_Hound

      May I ask to which organizations do you donate? I think you’ve made some valid points here.

      • MamaBear

        This last year I donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Avon Foundation. I am currently researching and I suspect I will not donate to Avon again, or at least very much, but their administrative/publicity/programs balance still beats Koman and they do focus more on research.
        I am currently checking out a fairly new one called METAvivor, dedicated to metastatic breast cancer. It looks good so far, but is too new to be on the charity watch lists, so I haven’t quite decided.
        Check with your local cancer centers or hospitals and see which organizations help their patients out in your area. Their social worker should be able to tell you which ones they are. Even with national societies, it is surprising how much they vary. One cancer survivor I correspond with across country from me considers ACS worthless, but they are very active in helping breast cancer patients in my area and I feel grateful for that. I also donated to a local group that directly helps low income single parents with cancer because they are filling gaps big organizations do not cover, and since they are local, I can check them out directly.
        One thing to consider is what you want your donation to do. I personally feel my donations need to go for research or programs that directly help patients.