The Susan G. Komen Foundation said that 27,000 walkers and runners participated in the Annual Komen global race for the cure for breast cancer on the National Mall in Washington D.C., on June, 2. The event drew about 30 percent fewer participants than last year due in large part to the organization’s controversial withdrawal of funding from Planned Parenthood. Komen quickly reversed the decision, but it left many wondering whether politics influenced its decision-making. That did not seem to diminish the enthusiasm of those that did turn out on a beautiful spring day. The Komen website estimated that $1.8 million was raised from Saturday’s walk.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation raises awareness and funding for breast cancer research and services. The opening ceremony was held at the Washington Monument. It is one of the largest 5K runs and fitness walks in the world.
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