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Komen Aspen needs your support

Dear Editor:

We live here. We save lives here.

I would like to speak to all those in our area who are not participating in this year’s Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure in retaliation to the choices the national organization made this past year.

I support your feelings and was very upset as well that Komen took such a politically motivated step that only served to hurt the women we serve. Please remember, however, that Komen Aspen not only had nothing to do with the decision, but the moment we heard about it, we immediately published the following statement in the local papers:

“Susan G. Komen Aspen will continue to serve low-income and uninsured women as we have for the past 22 years. Unanimously, we have decided to continue our longstanding relationship with funding breast cancer services to Planned Parenthood. Halting funding to Planned Parenthood is contrary to our mission. Our mission remains to end breast cancer forever by serving women and their families in the rural areas of Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties.”

We stood by our community to help woman all over the western Rockies who needed our support.

I understand your frustration, but by not participating in our ride, you are only hurting women in need in our area. The money that we do not raise this year translates directly into mammograms that we will not be able to give to women in need. Seventy-five percent of all funds raised stay right here, with the remaining 25 percent going to breast-cancer research. We do not give our money to support national’s operations; it holds its own events. The decisionmaking as to where the research moneys go is with a separate scientific advisory board, separate from the national Komen board.

For the ride, we have lowered the fundraising commitment to only $100 and added new routes at your request. At this point, registration is down about 20 percent. Every registrant counts; please support your community. By not supporting the Komen Aspen ride, you are hurting the woman in your own backyard. Please rethink your position. Komen Aspen is working hard to support our community. Please help us do just that.

Nancy Pickard


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