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Blue Ridge Susan G. Komen Chapter doing fine despite organization's national struggles

By David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 15 2013 04:35:00 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 11 2013 04:41:06 PM EDT

Nationally, the Susan G. Komen foundation faced a tumultuous year.

The organization that provides aid to women with breast cancer has cancelled some of its three-day walks and 5K races, saying it doesn't have the funding.

We checked in with the Blue Ridge chapter of the foundation.  Folks there say participation in last year's Roanoke walk was up 21% and their fundraising jumped 10%.

Local leaders say they're concerned about the reputation of Susan G. Komen on a national level, but are pleased with the local support they've gotten and don't expect that to change.

"A huge percentage of the money we raise through our race for the cure stays right here in this community, over 75-percent of the money stays in this community.  The other 25 percent goes toward national research," said Blue Ridge Chapter President-Elect Janet Scheid.

The organization's troubles began in 2012 when the foundation announced it would cut its funding to Planned Parenthood, a decision it later reversed.