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Local Susan G. Komen affiliate sees donation increase even after ‘confusing’ Planned Parenthood decisions
Northeast Ohio affiliate resolved confusion after Planned Parenthood backlash


The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Northeast Ohio affiliate is reporting an increase in donations since this time last year. This counteracts a New York Times report that ten affiliates saw a twenty-five percent decrease in donations since the foundation’s short-lived defunding of Planned Parenthood in February.

Sophie Sureau is the executive director for the Northeast Ohio affiliate. She says the defunding decision—and retraction—in February opened doors for communication between the foundation and its donors.


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“I think we’ve had a lot of people asking questions and I think being confused. Once we reached out to our key constituents and we made numerous phone calls, we’ve had the conversation and we could clear up any questions or confusion that this may have caused. It’s really been very positive.”

Komen groups in other states, including Arizona and Minnesota, have reported backlash from the Planned Parenthood decision. But Northeast Ohio has seen donations double, with the addition of a new Akron Race for the Cure in July.

Sureau says registration opened in March for the Akron race, instead of the usual May date for the Cleveland race in September. Cleveland has held a race for 19 years and attracts more than 20,000 people.


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