Reps from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization have confirmed a significant decrease in participants in upcoming races in Indiana, Florida, and Arizona. The central Indiana's Komen executive Dana Curish spoke with USAToday.com on Monday, noting that they've had a roughly 30 percent drop in participants for their upcoming event on April 21.
The decrease in participation comes on the heels of Komen's controversial decision in January to suspend funding to Planned Parenthood. They reversed the decision after widespread backlash but reps from the breast cancer charity say they are still feeling the fall out.
"The issues (relating to Planned Parenthood) have certainly had an impact (on some races), there's no getting around that," said Leslie Aun, a national spokeswoman for Komen to the site.
"We had a community that was glued together. ... Suddenly overnight, politics divided them," said Gillian Drummond of the Southwest Arizona Komen affiliate.
by RTT Staff Writer
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