Cleveland: Council to consider running Komen Race out

11:45 PM, Feb 2, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- At this Monday's meeting, the full Council is expected to vote on a resolution that would urge city leaders to run the Race for the Cure right out of town.

Cleveland Councilman Zach Reed says the Komen Foundation bowed to polical pressure. He is fighting politics with politics. He's crafting a resolution to present to city council that would urge Mayor Frank Jackson to deny the Komen Foundation a parade permit.

It would effectively run out of town the most successful fundraiser for breast cancer worldwide.

"I'm just trying to send a message and the message is that politics should not play a role in healthcare," Councilman Reed said.

Cancer survivor and Komen volunteer for nearly two decades, Brit Gardiner, says Komen's decision is a contradiction in mission, since both organizations fundamentally fight for women's health.

"It makes me sad all the way around that in 2012 we still seem to be digressing," Gardiner said.

The city's top politician, Mayor Frank Jackson, has the last word on whether Komen gets its permit. He plans on being there this year and encourages others to do the same.

"We don't interfere with what we believe to be good events that promote good causes and that people are supportive of," Mayor Jackson said.

The Komen Foundation's decision may have put supporters in the middle of an argument between two good causes but the real losers could be the thousands of women that depend on both organizations for support.


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