Numbers down for Komen Race for the Cure in Fort Worth

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 11:49 PM

FORT WORTH -- Registrations for next month's Komen Race For The Cure in Fort Worth are down 42-percent compared to the same time last year.

So far, only 2,100 people have registered compared to 3,700 last year.
   
Organizers say they are afraid Komen's controversial decision back in early February to pull, then restore funding to Planned Parenthood may be playing a role. The concern is some supporters on both sides may be holding back from taking part.
  
This year's Race For The Cure in Fort Worth will be the 20th Annual. It is scheduled for April 14.

Organizers say last year's event raised $1.3 million in donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The money raised helps fund breast cancer education, screenings and treatment, locally and breast cancer research, nationally.
  
Race organizer Jennifer Wersal said if registrations don't pick up, it is going to mean thousands fewer mammograms for low-income and uninsured women in North Texas.
  
Wersal told News 8 she is hoping spring break has contributed to the slowdown in registrations, as well. She hopes parents are focused on keeping their kids busy and many families are out of town, not thinking about the race.
   
Wersal hopes registrations will pick up speed in the next week or so. She reminds everyone there is still time to register for the event.

It kicks off at the Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth on April 14.
   
For more on how to register, you can go to the website www.komengreaterfw.org.

 

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