Komen 3-Day participation down 37 percent over 4 years

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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WFAA

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 5:44 PM

DALLAS -- The number of participants for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day remain down after last year's Planned Parenthood controversy.

The fundraiser, where participants walk twenty miles a day from Plano to Dallas, raises money to fight breast cancer.

According to statistics provided by Komen, participation in the 3-Day event is down by 37 percent over the past 4 years.

“Certainly, we have had challenges over the last few years, but individuals like myself who are survivors, some are co-survivors, some individuals out here, realize that one-in-every-eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and we are here to save lives,” said Dr. Sheri Phillips, the spokesperson for the 3-Day Event.

The organization was slammed by critics when it announced it would no longer provide grants to Planned Parenthood, a decision that was quickly reversed and led to a regime change.

Komen announced this summer it would cut its 3-Day events in half its markets. Next year, the race will only be available in its seven strongest cities, including Dallas.

E-mail srobertson@wfaa.com

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