Komen Goes To Congress For Cash

Perhaps Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation has realized the errors of her way. Or maybe Komen is just running out of money.

Either way, Brinker sent a letter to Congress on Friday apologizing for the organizations “mistakes” during its recent handling of the decision to defund Planned Parenthood. And as soon as she was done apologizing she began asking for money.

The group is looking for congressional money and support on the Center for Disease Control’s National Breast & Cervical Cancer Detection Program.

“Though tough economic conditions present challenges to state and federal budgets, we hope that we can continue to look to you as a supporter of this life-saving program – not for Komen’s sake, but for the thousands of women whose only chance at early detection – and early treatment – is through NBCCEDP,” Brinker wrote. “Funding this crucial program at $275 million in FY 2013 will ensure that a half-million women are screened for breast cancer in the coming year.”

The lesson for the Komen Foundation, and other organizations in their wake, is quite simple. When an organization that is purportedly about supporting women’s health politicizes women’s health, that organization is doomed to fail. Breast cancer prevention and eradication is something that should not be driven by the policy fetishes of the Catholic Bishops as the Komen Foundation is starting to see.

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Photo from ThatMakesThree via flickr.


Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

I also stopped clicking on the breast cancer tab when I read about their politicizing about PP and letting religious organizations set their agenda. Add to that the high salaries payed to their top officials, they are more like The Red Cross, Save The Children and other bogus help organizations. I too wish Care2 would exchange the tab to something else. Why not Planned Parenthood?

Robert P.
Robert P6 years ago

It is unbelievable that the phony Komen organization is now trying to get our tax dollars to pay their huge pay checks. They have no interest in curing cancer, they would be out of a job. It has been esimated that only 15 cents of every dollar goes to research, and why the cure and not the cause. Because there is no money in prevention if the cause were found. Komen has begged for money for over 25 years and will beg forever as long as people keep giving to this phony organization. Greed and corruption.

Ken W.
Ken W6 years ago

They are BAD !!

Lori E.
Lori E6 years ago


SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Brinker has some nerve. She should be fired in disgrace and not receive any severance. Her severance package should be given to Planned Parenthood. It will not make things entirely right but it would be a step in the right direction.

Allen Pierce
Allen Pierce6 years ago

Komen is reaping what it has sown. Any of my money that might have gone to them will now be going to Planned Parenthood instead. At least I know that most of that money will be going to the patients and not to pay over-the-top salaries or influence politics. And now I think I finally understand Komen's slogan "Everyone Deserves a Life".

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

I have worked for non-profit hospitals and blood banking all my life so when I heard the salary of the CEO of Komen I about drop my teeth, fortunately their not denture. Komen has done a lot of good but they lost focus and started acting like big business, including paying big salaries; then they went further and played right-wing politics and that was the chain that broke the camel’s back for many. They started this slippery slope with obscene salaries for many and crashed trying to play right-wing politics.

These were unethical and selfish moves on the part of the Officers of this organization and it is going to cost them and unfortunately it is going to cost the many women who won’t be able to get help because funding isn’t what it used to be. Komen needs to rethink how they run their organization so the focus is turn back to the women that need their help via Komen funding for research and to organizations like PP.

It is hard not to Click on breast cancer on the Click to Donate. I don’t want to hurt the women that need their help just because I am angry as spit at Komen.

Eldon W.
Eldon W6 years ago

The Care2 daily "Click to Donate" site still has a tab to support Komen - I stopped clicking it because of the PP mistake, and won't restart. But if Care2 changed the charity . . . . . Peace.

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

sherry l.
sherry luciano6 years ago

I think it's to late Komen Corporation. I also feel to get them off donate site. Carole no one has answered me either!