Komen cancels 3-day Boston walk for 2014

Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that they were cancelling several of their 3-Day walk events including one planned for Boston in 2014.

Ronni Cohen-Boyar, executive director of the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said in this statement:

“Like you, we are saddened to see the 3-Day leave our community in 2014. While we did receive some of the proceeds from the 3-Day, our major fundraiser and primary revenue source is our Race for the Cure, which will be held this fall. With the support of our wonderful donors, this allows us to continue to fund local education, screening and treatment programs right here in the Commonwealth. We encourage those who participated in the 3-Day to join us at our Massachusetts Race for the Cure this fall.”

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The national office blamed the decision on “economic uncertainty over the past four years” which has “presented challenges for all nonprofits.”

Komen has had its fair share of troubles over the past 18 months after the organization decided to stop providing funds to Planned Parenthood for mammogram screenings to low income women. A few weeks after the January 2012 decision, Komen announced that they were restoring funding, but the damage had already been done to the group’s reputation.

Founder Nancy Brinker resigned over the furor that the organization raised and donations dropped.

The Komen statement issued today concerning the 3-Day race went on to say that “the difficult decision to exit Boston was not made lightly” and that while “enthusiasm for the series remains very high, it is more difficult for people to donate at levels they had in the past.”

They didn’t reveal how much money they raised during the 3-day event held last year in Boston and how that compared to previous years but they did tell me that participation in the series has declined 37% in the last four years. For this reason, Komen will only retain the event in seven cities for 2014: Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Twin Cities.

For those who have signed up for the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day, the race will continue as planned from July 26 – 28. “Additionally, this announcement does not impact other Susan G. Komen events or services in Boston,” according to the national office.