National backlash hurts local Susan G. Komen Foundation

National backlash hurts local Susan G. Komen Foundation

CREATED Feb 13, 2012

Reporter: Craig Smith

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is struggling to save its well known Race for the Cure after controversy with the national Komen organization.

Entries and donations for the local race are the group's main source of funds. 
The local Executive Director tells KGUN9 News they've dropped thirty percent, since the national organization raised anger nationwide by dropping, then restoring funding for Planned Parenthood in a controversy over abortion services.
Local Executive Director Jaimie Leopold says they had nothing to do with the national chapter's decisions but the controversy is risking the health of Arizona women.

Leopold says, "Our grants are the main source of vital breast health services in Southern Arizona, the six counties that we serve."

Local officials estimate the drop in donations equals about 200 thousand dollars and will reduce funding for thousands of mammograms and other health services.