DALLAS (CBS/AP) — Susan G. Komen for the Cure says it is canceling half of its 3-day charity walk next year because of a steep drop in participation levels.
The board is ending the walk in seven cities in 2014, including Boston. The 2013 3-day will still take place from July 26 – 28.READ MORE: 2 Million People Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Massachusetts
The executive director of the Massachusetts branch says the decision had to do with fundraising struggles.
The announcement comes more than a year after the Dallas-based breast cancer organization experienced intense backlash after its decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast screenings was made public. The funding was restored days later.READ MORE: Camp Harbor View Provides A Place Of Discovery For Boston Kids
Komen says “economic uncertainty” has affected participation levels, which have dropped 37 percent over the past four years.
Participants must raise at least $2,300 to walk 60 miles over three days.MORE NEWS: Car Fire In Millis Extends To Auto Body Repair Shop
The cancelled walks are in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.