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Local funds given to Komen go to research

Published 12:00am Sunday, September 1, 2013

I wanted to take the opportunity to address some misinformation that Mr. Jim Walker, the sports editor of The Tribune, shared in his opinion piece on Sunday, Aug. 25 regarding his personal views on the services Susan G. Komen provides and where the money goes.

Globally, Susan G. Komen is the only breast cancer organization attacking breast cancer on all fronts through research, community outreach and advocacy.

Locally, Komen Columbus has provided funding to the Ironton community with programs at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Southern Ohio Medical Center, Marietta Memorial, Meigs County Cancer Initiative and other organizations in southeastern Ohio.

This year alone, Komen Columbus has provided $235,716 in grant funding to organizations that serve Ironton — a number unmatched by any other breast cancer group. In total, more than $2 million has been granted to the area — making mammography and supportive services available to the women of Ironton and Lawrence County. In addition, many of the services provided by The James and Ohio Health mobile mammography coaches were funded by Komen Columbus.

When people donate to or fundraise for Komen Columbus, 75 cents of every dollar goes to our overall mission, which includes work at the community, national and global level to provide critical help to women today and to research better outcomes for women tomorrow.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in your community to help your neighbors. Funds raised for other organizations may never reach your county. Additionally, 25 percent of funds raised by Komen Columbus go to research.

Komen is the single, largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research — funding close to the $790 million in research Susan G. Komen has granted in the last 30 years. Komen has had a hand in every major break-through in breast cancer treatment

Mr. Walker’s comments regarding Planned Parenthood and Komen Columbus are inaccurate. Komen Columbus has never funded Planned Parenthood.

Our top funding priority continues to be providing access to screening mammograms, which Planned Parenthood does not provide locally. It’s important to be clear that Komen is neither a pro-choice or pro-life organization. Our work focuses on saving the lives of breast cancer patients, and we choose to honor their battles by not focusing on any other issue.

Thank you for allowing us to address these points and clarify any misinformation. Our doors are always open to those in need of breast health education or free or low cost breast health services. For more information, call us at (614) 297-8155 or visit komencolumbus.org.

Katie Carter

Executive Director

Columbus Affiliate of

Susan G. Komen

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  • mickakers

    Please do a search on the Susan G. Komen Foundation or Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Wikipedia has a well rounded article. Mr. Walker was a little more informed than you realize. Then please do a search on the Stefanie Spielman Fund For Breast Cancer Research. Personally, I would prefer to donate to the Spielman Fund. When it comes to ethics, I place the Spielman Fund a notch above the Susan G. Komen Foundation. My intention is not to downgrade Komen. I have the greatest admiration and respect for the work the have accomplished in the search for a cure for Breast Cancer. This is a very emotional issue as is the right to life. However, emotions take second place when it comes to right and wrong, justice and equality.

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  • keta

    Nope, I’m not being harsh. He said things in print that weren’t true. He didn’t know what he was talking about.

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  • mickakers

    keta; I think you may being a bit harsh in passing judgement on “Walker’s comments” in regard to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Katie Carter’s comments specifically refer to the Columbus branch. Jim Walker was referring to the Komen Foundation in general. I wonder? Would Katie Carter care to comment on the Komen Foundation’s contributions to Planned Parenthood in general. Breast Cancer is an important issue as is the right to life. I would prefer to support an organization that supports both, one hundred percent. Katie Carter’s comment “Mr. Walkers comments regarding Planned Parenthood and Komen Columbus are inaccurate.” Mr. Walker never singled out Komen Columbus.

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  • keta

    I’m so relieved to see that someone knowledgeable set this straight. Walker’s comments were hateful and ignorant. Hope he’ll stick to sports after this hairball.

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