There is anger on both sides of this issue. Conservatives are angry Komen was, and still is, funding Planned Parenthood. Liberals are angry Komen planned to defunded Planned Parenthood before flip-flopping on the issue. Komen is faced with a serious participation decline nationwide.
With less than a week to go before the race, team participation is lagging, with 600 teams signed up for the local event compared with last year's 700. Race officials declined to reveal how many individuals have registered. Last year, there were 30,500 paid participants.
"We are hoping for comparable numbers or better, but we know we face some challenges," said Maureen Meldrum, Komen Detroit executive director.[...]
Some recent Race for the Cure events have reported a decline in the number of participants. Lansing's race last month was down 28%. Boise, Idaho, fell 37%. Salt Lake City was down 25%.