Komen Foundation Cancels Walks

Charity walkers in seven major U.S. cities might have to find another use for all that pink paraphernalia in 2014. The Susan G. Komen Foundation has announced that it will no longer organize an annual walk—the three-day, 60-mile Susan G. Komen walk—in Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., citing “economic uncertainty over the last four years” and low participation as the reason for the withdrawal. The breast-cancer awareness organization has had a tough time lately, reporting a decrease in donations over the last two years, and possibly still smarting from a 2012 incident where Komen execs tried to eliminate $680,000 in grants for Planned Parenthood, resulting in public outcry and a flood of donations for the women’s health-care provider.