G. Komen Exposed
St. Louis Sea of Pink…Shrinks
by: Angela Michael
After several years of making the pilgrimage to the annual
largest Komen fundraiser here in the Midwest with our literature and
meeting runners at the end of the race, and
marching down Market street with our, “ Why
Are Not Women being Told?
banner, public awareness and national exposure has paid off.
In year’s past, we would stand neck deep in a sea of pink,
packed in like sardines at this largest fundraising event. This year ,
however, it was quite
noticeable that the numbers of attendees and participants in the race
were down. Could it be the truth regarding the relationship between
Planned Parenthood and Susan Komen?
Or the fact that women are not receiving mammograms at Planned
Parenthood abortion facilities, and that much of the money allotted from
Susan Komen foundation is going towards abortions.. the biggest proven
risk factor of breast cancer ?
Maybe former donors and
participants saw through the lies when Susan Komen rescinded on her
promise to cut ties and financial funding to Planned Parenthood earlier
this year. It’s a shame , because women are dying as the Komen
foundation pours so much energy in racing to find a cure when they
should be racing to find the cause, all causes.
Breast cancer survivors, supporters
come together "as one" for Komen race
• In the Middle Ages, the sound of church bells
summoned people to experience the supernatural.
On Saturday morning, the ringing of Christ Church Cathedral’s bells
downtown signaled the start of a race to fund research that will
About 51,000 people took off from the pink starting line on
, below the cathedral’s pealing bells, for the Susan G. Komen St.
Louis Race for the Cure. The charity funds breast cancer research and
Yvonne Cross, 72, of
, was at her 11th Race for the Cure, supporting her daughter, a two-time
breast cancer survivor.
“When you see the amount of people that are all going through the
same thing, it really helps,” she said.
Her friend Bernice Davis, 59, also of
, said she had been cancer-free for 18 months. “It’s about coming
together as one,”
While there was a definite sense of unity in the multitudes, fewer
people came together for the race this year. The number of registered
participants, which organizers say could still rise, was down from
64,000 last year and nearly 72,000 — the record — in 2010.
In recent years, the
event has been the largest Komen race in the nation, and organizers said
they believed it still was, but with half the year still to go, they
were not sure
would retain that title. According to fundraising totals on Komen’s
website, this year’s
race generated $2.4 million, though organizers say that number will
grow. Last year the race brought in $3 million, and in 2010, $3.4
In February, Komen announced that it was excluding Planned Parenthood
from future grants for breast cancer screenings and education programs.
A nationwide furor fueled by social media such as Twitter and
Facebook led Democrats and liberals to say the move was part of a broad
campaign against Planned Parenthood for its position on abortion.
Komen’s vice president of public policy resigned, and the charity
ultimately decided to continue the Planned Parenthood grants.
The local Planned Parenthood provides breast exams to 7,000 women
each year but has never received funding from the St. Louis Komen
affiliate. Some race organizers believed that distance would protect the
race from lower participation rates seen in other parts of the country.
Dede Hoffmann, president of the board of directors for Komen’s
affiliate, said she didn’t know why participation numbers were down
“We’re not making a judgment call on that,” she said. “Who
knows what makes things tick?”
She said the board would not rule out making changes next year to try
to increase participation to previous years’ levels.
“We always want to make things better, even when we’re at the top
of our game,” Hoffmann said.
The 51,000 participants-in-pink and the thousands more who came to
cheer them on (also mostly in pink) were more apt to be marveling at one
another’s T-shirts than discussing political controversy. Among the
messages: “Brook’s Brigade: Can’t Knocker Down.” “Guard the
Melons.” “Fight Like a Girl for Sherry.” “G’ma Pam’s Rack
Richard Harms, 37, of Roxana, dyed his hair pink for the race. He had
come downtown with his wife and friend to support Anita Napier, a
65-year-old breast cancer survivor from
“We’ve come down for three years to support our friend and anyone
who’s gone through this,” Harms said. “You never know — cure one
cancer, you may cure them all.”
Dogs sported pink as well as people. Every shape of dog wore a pink
lei or pink bandana around its neck. Hundreds of runners wore pink
tutus. A block east on
, a pink firetruck idled near City Hall.
Nearby, through a massive pink balloon Arch, a woman sang Mariah
Carey’s “Hero” on the Komen stage, as TV anchors broadcast the
festivities from a raised platform in
Sitting under the shade of a tree, Shirley Long, 74, of
, said she had been coming to the race for the last seven years. She has
been a survivor four times longer, beating breast cancer in 1984.
“Everyone here is either a survivor or someone who loves a
survivor,” Long said. “It’s moving to be here with all these
people. We’re all in the same boat.”