The Philadelphia chapter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure says registration for its annual race on Mother’s Day is down by about 18 percent over last year, reflecting lingering displeasure over the national organization’s blunder in February.
Komen, the powerful breast-cancer philanthropy based in Dallas, was forced to reverse a ban on funding to Planned Parenthood’s breast-health programs after blistering outrage from people who buy pink-ribbon products and run in Komen’s fund-raisers.
“National made a misstep,” said Elaine Grobman, chief executive officer of Komen’s Philadelphia affiliate. “They apologized. They told us affiliates that it will never happen again. But we do need to regain the trust of the community.”