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Breast cancer research continues while Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi ends | Opinion

Dozens of Susan G. Komen chapters around the country are closing as the nonprofit consolidates operations.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — In Thursday's Ransom Note: challenging times for our non-profits may be one of the most under-reported stories of this pandemic, and it appears the latest victim is Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi.

The local chapter has raised 24 million dollars for breast cancer research since the early 90s. I remember when its Race for the Cure --which started and finished at Saddle Creek in Germantown-- was the largest foot race in our area. Tens of thousands --most who had somehow been personally affected by the disease-- took part in the 5k.  Runners wore pink, and neighbors applauded from their yards. Every year I ran in honor of breast cancer survivors in my family. It was a great time.

Then there was a nationwide scandal related to its contributions to Planned Parenthood. Interest fell off. The local race was moved a couple of times, then COVID hit. Now we learn the foundation will be dissolved next month, as will 38 other chapters.

But through Saturday, the nonprofit is having one last fundraiser at the Carrefour at Kirby Woods Shopping Center at Poplar and Kirby in east Memphis. Called the "Pink Attic," it features donated items such as furniture, rugs, and home decor. They'd love for you to stop by and make a donation.

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