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March 29, 2012

Komen Cancels Annual D.C. Lobbying Day

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has canceled  its annual day of lobbying in Washington, says the Daily Beast news site.

The event usually involves hundreds of activists descending on Capitol Hill to advocate for federal programs that focus on cancer research as well as screenings and treatment for low-income women.

Leslie Aun, a spokeswoman for Komen, declined to elaborate on the reasons for the cancellation, the Daily Beast says, but she acknowledged the problems the charity has faced since controversy flared over its handling of support for Planned Parenthood.

“We know folks have been upset with us,” Ms. Aun told the news site. “We get that, and we are sorry. We hope that people don’t turn their backs on women. If you don’t give to Komen, that’s someone who’s not going to get a mammogram.”

Plus, at a lunch for the philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Komen's founder said she sees signs her group is moving forward, The Washington Post reports.

“No one likes a dust up,” said Nancy Brinker, who started Komen after her sister died of breast cancer. “We’ve passed through this. [Planned Parenthood president] Cecile Richards came to Texas and said, ‘We like Komen. Let’s move on. We’re through this.’ But the residual effects in the media has been difficult.”