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Southern California Clinics, Susan G. Komen, and BRU

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 | 9 Comments

Multiple news post time!

Bareform Clinics!

First, we finally have the dates and times for our next two Southern California clinics:

  • Saturday, February 25th from 10-2 @ Running Skirts flagship store, 676 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
    (760) 230-8187
  • Sunday, February 26th (morning, exact time to be announced) @ Pt. Magu State Park as part of the Malibu Day and Midnight Madness event (I think we’re doing a course preview).  I’ve heard multiple people say the half marathon course is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Anyone plan on attending either event?

Susan G. Komen Debacle

I don’t normally comment on something like this, but it is one of the most laughable PR blunders in recent history.  The story goes something like this- The Susan G. Komen beast cancer awareness outfit historically donated money to Planned Parenthood for free breast exams for women.  SGK abruptly cut the funding.  From what I understand, only a partial explanation was given, something along the lines of funding was cut due to PP performing abortions.  SGK was immediately lambasted by pro-choice advocates, which as a group are major supporters of SGK.  SGK was immediately branded as a pro-life organization.  Shortly after, SGK released a statement explaining they cut funding because PP was under congressional investigation (started by pro-life Congressmen), which is the official SGK policy.

Unfortunately for SGK, their explanation was too late.  The lines had already been drawn.  The pro-lifers have already declared SGK a pro-life supporter; the pro-choice crowd has already vilified the organization.  Apparently people are digging into SGK’s finances and discovering they rarely if ever actually support cancer research.  Instead they focus almost exclusively on promoting cancer awareness (think of all the pink products you see… that’s SGK).  They also run the “Race for the Cure.”  You know, those local races the midpackers cherry-pick to win because competition is light.  I don’t recall SGK ever claiming to support cancer research, but it will still give the organization more negative press.

It will be interesting to see what happens to SGK in the coming months.  It’s safe to assume they managed to alienate pretty much all of their pro-choice supporters, and those that remain will probably be turned off at the disclosure that they spend huge chunks of change on administration.  This very well could be the end of SGK.

I don’t really have an opinion about the abortion aspect of the story, but I do have pretty strong opinions about all major “charities” (Yes, I’m talking to you, United Way).  I’m curious about your opinions.  What do you think of this situation?

BRU News!

I’ve finally gotten around to working on the aesthetics (and hopefully load speed) of the site.  I’ll probably play around with it tonight or tomorrow.  If you visit and see everything f-ed up, don’t fret.  I should have it up and running shortly.  ;-)

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9 Comments

  1. Janet
    February 7, 2012

    Please clarify the Feb. 26 location as EdH mentioned the Malibu run is not that day.
    Thanks, Janet

    • Jason
      February 7, 2012

      Hi Janet, I think we’re doing a course preview that day, it’s not the actual race. I’m still awaiting the exact details.

  2. EdH
    February 3, 2012

    THe Pt. Magu (not Mt. Pagu) day/night event is March 10, not Feb 26. Do you have your dates right?

    I live right in the middle, so could easily go to either event. Prefer Pt. Magu, but could go either way.

  3. Roses
    February 3, 2012

    Did you see that SGK still gave the grant to Penn State, the university that is under investigation for failure to report sexual abuse?? Seems their ill timed explaination doesn’t hold much water either.
    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/292206/20120202/planned-parenthood-susan-komen-penn-state.htm

  4. Dave Goulette
    February 3, 2012

    Breast Cancer awareness is likely in a late majority phase (to use your bell curve terms) and is probably in a laggard phase. Throwing millions into awareness is no longer most effective. There was a time when it was. I heard a doctor in an interview on news radio a few years ago making this argument against donating to SGK. He criticized SGK for not putting enough into actual research. He felt if we focused money into biological studies that searched for the mechanisms causing specific types of cancer it would increase the likelihood that we could find real cures and not just treatments.

  5. Rob Y
    February 2, 2012

    Ooops, I think you meant “Pt. Mugu State Park”? Been there a few times, simply spectacular; you’re in for a real treat!

  6. Vincent
    February 2, 2012

    I’d say a lot of charities are in a tough position simply by virtue of the fact that the people who run them have to be compensated in some way or they would otherwise cease to exist by virtue of personal insolvency of thos who run it, and if they don’t dedicate enough time to said organization then it could cease to exist altogether and leave the possible charitable contributions that would otherwise be collected and allocated cease to exist altogether. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that in the midst of all of our busy lives we as people sometimes do need to be made aware specifically of certain possible causes to donate to that we might otherwise not seek out in our own time simply by virtue of trying to handle our own issues. So they have their place, but it does seem as though many of these organizations become so bloated that like SGK they become subject to somewhat unfair scrutiny thanks to the unrealistic expectations placed upon them by many who donate before bothering to pay attention to the full picture of all of the costs involved.

    In an ideal world many of these charities wouldn’t have to exist but I think some do serve a purpose, even if many like SGK are so admin-heavy that they could be cut down to the benefit of the actual cause, and in this case will likely have to be to stand a chance of surviving if and when Planned Parenthood is cleared from these seemingly trumped up charges brought about by a zealot.

  7. Wiglaf
    February 2, 2012

    The mission of a lot of charities is to make donators feel good about themselves.

    Cancer research is something I’m pretty skeptical about. I’ve read enough on the topic to know that some promising cures for certain types of cancer never go anywhere because the FDA process is so expensive and the product wouldn’t be patentable. Exactly who is getting this “cancer research” money from charities? Big Pharma? Big universities? Please.

  8. Christine
    February 2, 2012

    This has been going on for a long time. Check out my article on a related topic:
    http://activelypolitical.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/conflict-of-interest-corporate-sponsorship-of-health-charities-and-organizations/