Values. Trust. Power. Rizzo reflects on Komen controversy

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Our president and CEO Jeanne Rizzo shares with the Breast Cancer Fund community her reflections on the controversy unleashed on Tuesday when Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced it would end its funding of Planned Parenthood's breast-health programs. Your comments are welcome!

Over the last few days, we’ve all watched as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure story broke and exploded. It has consumed my attention and dominated my conversations, as perhaps it has yours too.

I was disappointed by Komen's decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood's breast-health services, as I am whenever women's health and wellness programs are cut. I was concerned about the implications for the breast-cancer-prevention initiatives that Planned Parenthood and the Breast Cancer Fund partner on. My heart went out to the women who rely on Planned Parenthood's breast-health services, to the frustrated Komen supporters, and to those who unleashed their outrage online and in conversations everywhere. And I’m heartened that the outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood's breast-health services is forcing Komen to reconsider its decision.

As the president of the Breast Cancer Fund, this incident has made me think deeply about those who support our work and what they expect from us in return. I believe you expect us to have clear and unwavering values that guide all of our decision-making. I believe you need to trust us to hold true to these values, to be good stewards of your support and to do the most effective work we can to prevent breast cancer. And I believe that you need to have power—you need to know that your voice counts and that you can meaningfully contribute to stopping this disease before it starts.

Values. Trust. Power.

The Breast Cancer Fund’s values are clear and unwavering. We value working for a world in which we live without fear of losing our breasts or our lives as a result of what we’ve eaten, touched or breathed. That’s why we are single-focused in our work to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Fund works every day to earn your trust. Our work stays true to our mission. We use every dollar donated responsibly. And we value you, our supporters, and invite you to engage with and help shape our work through our events, online communities, volunteer opportunities and more.

The Breast Cancer Fund is committed to giving you the power to prevent breast cancer. In fact, our work is fueled by your power. With your power, we’re making sure that everyone has access to the tools they need to help reduce their risk and protect their families. With your power, we're convincing elected officials and corporations to protect our health and reduce breast cancer risk. With your power, we’re leading the breast cancer movement to move beyond awareness to prevention.

The Breast Cancer Fund is an organization you can count on.

If you know people who are looking for a breast cancer organization they can count on too, please introduce your family, friends and networks to the Breast Cancer Fund. They can visit our website and sign up to receive our emails, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

And if you're looking for a way to show your continued support for our work, please make a donation today.

Warm Regards,
Jeanne Rizzo, R.N.
President and CEO

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5 thoughts on “Values. Trust. Power. Rizzo reflects on Komen controversy

  1. Thanks for reading our blog post, M. Barvick.The Breast Cancer Fund is focused on our mission to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. You can learn more about what we do at http://www.breastcancerfund.org. Planned Parenthood supports our mission and is a partner on several environmental and breast health educational and advocacy initiatives.

  2. It’s wonderful to see the inspiring group-think in the blog and comments here. PP CEO claimed that when Congress was threatening to de-fund PP that millions of women would lose access to mammograms. Turns out PP doesn’t offer mammograms at any of their facilities. When reasonable proposals are made to make PP and other abortion providers have safety standards equivalent to out patient service providers they fight it tooth and nail which doesn’t seem to jibe with real advocacy for women’s health. As the child of a father who died of lung cancer and a mother who is a survivor of breast cancer it would be nice if more cancer prevention organizations would stay focused on the mission to end cancer rather than go to bat for organizations that have a suspect history of cancer advocacy and documented violations of honesty and basic health standards.

  3. Thanks to Jeanne Rizzo and all the good folks at the Breast Cancer Fund for your dedication to stopping cancer before it starts. I too was upset about Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood, but even more so by the group’s reluctance to even discuss strategies for preventing breast cancer. This is not surprising when one looks at the list of Komen’s 196 corporate sponsors, some of whom are notorious for polluting the environment with carcinogens. Here is some good information about Komen’s corporate problem, for anyone who is interested. http://www.minnpost.com/healthblog/2012/02/03/34819/planned_parenthood_controversy_also_exposes_komens_corporate_problem
    Thanks to Breast Cancer Fund for setting the example for what a cancer charity should be.

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