Susan G. Komen’s PR nightmare affecting turnout at cancer walks

A spokesperson for the nonprofit told the Chicago Tribune that its Planned Parenthood debacle is taking its toll.

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According to the Tribune, roughly 1,200 people turned out for the Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day, which started Friday morning and runs through the weekend. Last year, the event drew 1,900 people. The walks raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

A spokesperson from Komen told the Tribune that “two decisions regarding Planned Parenthood affected participation in Chicago and other cities.”

In January, Komen drew criticism for announcing plans to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings. Many suspected the reason was politically motivated. Days after the PR crisis erupted, Komen apologized and reversed the decision, but not before bungling the situation badly.

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