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Numbers down for Komen Chicago walk

Aug. 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The number of participants in the three-day Susan G. Komen for the Cure walk in the Chicago area dipped 30 percent this year, organizers said.

About 1,200 walkers were at the opening ceremony in Northbrook on Friday, the Chicago Sun Times reported. Last year, there were 1,900.

The drop appears to be continuing fallout over the Planned Parenthood controversy earlier this year. Komen, which raises money for breast cancer, decided to cut a grant to Planned Parenthood's screening program but quickly restored it after a firestorm.

"Komen has had a tough year," Dr. Sheri Phillips, a spokeswoman for the group, said. "Although our participation is down ... we welcome any participant numbers because every dollar raised makes a difference in our efforts to put an end to breast cancer."

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