Posted 8:38 PM 3/10/2013 : Komen Race for Cure still struggling
TUCSON - Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Tucson is still struggling to register participants.
Connie Melton is the Interim Executive Director of the Southern Arizona Komen chapter.
"I would attribute it to some damage obviously to our brand last year," she said, "and some misunderstanding."
Nationally, the Komen organization received criticism for its relationship with Planned Parenthood.
The Southern Arizona chapter of the organization does not give money to Planned Parenthood, but Planned Parenthood would be eligible for grants if they applied.
Bea Herron is a breast cancer survivor and a volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Arizona. She wants people to know it is not about politics, it is about people.
"This money goes to their sisters, their brothers, their aunts and uncles," Herron said, "and it really does affect their families, and what we're doing is for them."
The Race for the Cure will not be at Reid Park this year. It will be on the University of Arizona Mall Sunday morning.
The race is virtually the only fundraiser for the organization. Local groups receive 75 percent of Komen's funds and 25 percent goes to a global research fund.
The local grants help with cancer screenings, education and treatment.
The global Komen organization sent $2 million back to the University of Arizona for cancer research.
About 3,400 have registered so far. A few years ago, they had 15,000 people participate.
Most people register on line, but people can register in person to avoid lines on race day.
La Encantada donated space to Komen Southern Arizona. Volunteers will be there Friday from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Registration is also available at the Komen office at 4574 East Broadway Boulevard near Swan Road from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
They expect about 1,500 people to register on the morning of the race.
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