The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is about a week away.
It’s the biggest annual fundraiser for breast cancer research in Southern Arizona, but this year participation is down, and part of the reason is the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood.
Last month Komen decided to cut ties with Planned Parenthood because they were part of a federal investigation.
A lot of people were upset by this and Komen changed its mind. Now participation is down 30 percent and the race is just a week away.
A local woman battling cancer is hoping more people come out and race for the cure.
24-year-old Anisette Noperi was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer one year ago. She had a double mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy.
“Last year I had AHCCCS, but a lot of legislation laws were passed and so I was left with the whole burden of all my bills,” Noperi said. “If it weren’t for Susan G. Komen, I wouldn’t have any other way to pay my medical bills.”
Komen officials say they need to add another 4,000 registrations by Monday to meet its grant expectations.
The Race for the Cure is Sunday march 25th at Reid Park. News 4 Tucson is a proud sponsor of the event.
To register: http://www.komensaz.org/