Now the Arkansas Affiliate has asked Komen to reconsider.
All the controversy has our local affiliate (The Ozark Affiliate) speaking out in a statement that reads:
"This truly is a sad day for many. I am sad that this topic has consumed all the good work that Komen has done and will continue to do to serve people in our community! There are three Komen Affiliates in the State of Arkansas ( Texarkana, Arkansas -Little Rock and Ozark) none of these three affiliates have been approached to fund a grant with Planned Parenthood nor have funded a grant with Planned Parenthood. In 2011 the Ozark Affiliate funded $800,000 of programs in our 8 county service area to provide much needed education, screening and treatment to 13 agencies in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas. Unfortunately today many have forgotten about how many lives we have changed and supported in our community. This certainly is a sad day for Nancy Brinker who not only lost her sister to breast cancer, as well as understands what it is like to be a breast cancer survivor but also she has given 32 years of her life to keep her promise to her sister to find the cures for breast cancer. Today is a sad day for many....including me!"
Alison J. Levin, LMSW
Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Ozark