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Susan G. Komen Foundation: Racing backwards

A year after its disastrous foray into abortion politics, the Susan G. Komen foundation is still reeling. Founded to combat breast cancer, the foundation was once known primarily for creating the iconic pink ribbon, and for raising millions of dollars for breast cancer research and awareness via 3-day walks in many cities, including an event in Boston.

Now, though, its future seems cloudy. Attendance slipped at the Komen event in Washington last year, and tumbled again this year; last week the foundation announced that it is canceling its Boston walk in 2014, along with fund-raisers in six other cities. The foundation cited a weak economy to explain the drop-off in participation. But other breast cancer charities have not reported similar declines.

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