Monday, October 18, 2010

Susan G. Komen Foundation - Secrets that may turn them Pink


There is no doubt the Susan G.Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research is one of the most successful non-profit groups raising money in America.  Over the years it has raised over $1.5 billion for breast cancer research and has the most successful fund raising techniques in existence.

The darling of Hollywood and entertainers, the Pink campaigns of the Foundation are everywhere as they raise about $55 million every year.  But is there a secret aspect to their cancer research efforts that allows funds to be diverted to other more controversial causes that are unknown to those pouring in millions of dollars?

It is one thing to support your own cause, but the Komen Foundation might be funneling millions of dollars into much more controversial causes without telling the full story of how they spend donations.  Recently the web site indicated that the Foundation gave about $780,000 to the right to abortion group Planned Parenthood.

Intense media questioning resulted in the fact the local chapters of the Komen group will actually funnel $7.5 million into Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion campaigns this year, ten times more than previously reported.

How much more cancer research donations have been diverted to Planned Parenthood and related programs over the years if they received over $7.5 million this year alone?  That is not the charter of the Komen Foundation and certainly is not part of the mission or appeal of the group.  A lot more details must be revealed by the foundation about the secret funding of pro-abortion and other work in the name of cancer research.

Here is the mission of the Foundation according to their web site.  Note there is no reference to giving money to pro-abortion groups.

About Us

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Message from our Founder

As I look back over the more than 25 years since I founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure, I am amazed at our accomplishments. What began as a promise to my dying sister, Susan G. Komen, has evolved into the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

I am in awe of our victories over the last two decades. We began the global breast cancer movement. We started the Komen Race for the Cure®, the most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer ever created; pioneered cause-related marketing; created Komen Affiliates serving the breast health needs of millions in their communities; developed educational tools to reach people in more than 200 countries; and became the world’s largest source of private funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs with nearly $1.5 billion invested to date.

We’re proud of the fact that we don’t simply dump funds and run. We create activists – one person, one community, one state, one nation at a time – to try and solve the number one health concern of women. I am so proud of the work done by the Komen Affiliates who reach into their communities to keep the subject of breast cancer high in the public consciousness. With the help of Komen Affiliates, corporate partners, individual donors, Komen staff and activists, we’ve saved millions of lives, making the 2.5 million breast cancer survivors the largest group of cancer survivors today.

The sad reality is there is still tremendous work to be done. We don’t know what causes breast cancer, and we don’t know how to prevent it. Women are still dying unnecessarily in our own backyards. And on the global front, the situation is worse. Ten million women around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years. Cancer already claims twice as many lives as AIDS worldwide. At least seven million people die of cancer each year and close to 11 million new cases are diagnosed. That's more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

We have come a long way in our fight. When we started, the five-year survival rate was just 74 percent when breast cancer was diagnosed before it spread beyond the breast. Today, that survival rate is 98 percent. Nearly 75 percent of women over the age of 40 now receive regular mammograms compared to just 30 percent in 1982. Now it's time to take an even more aggressive stance. We must raise the expectations of science, of institutions and ourselves.

We are so close to creating a world without breast cancer. The science is there. Now is the time for us to see this fight through so that no one ever has to fear breast cancer again.

We’re on a mission, but we can’t get there without you. We have a multitude of ways you can support Komen and our cause. Please take a moment to peruse our website to find a way that is comfortable for you to participate. Thank you for your consideration and continued support.

With love and gratitude,

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker
Founder and CEO

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