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Race for the Cure Struggles to Sign Up Racers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The world's largest charity for breast cancer, Susan G. Komen, is still reeling from the fierce backlash over its national office's decision earlier this year to cut -- and then restore -- funding to Planned Parenthood.

Now, local Komen affiliates may be paying the price.

Although the Northern New Jersey chapter met fundraising objectives this year for its annual Race for the Cure 5K run -- held this past spring -- executive director Jennifer Griola admitted it was forced to adjust its goals downward.

"We raised over $1 million this year, which did meet our projections," she said.  "But last year, we raised about $1.5 million."

Elsewhere, enrollment for the race scheduled by the North East Ohio branch this fall is down 13 percent compared to last year.

In San Francisco, with three weeks to go before their annual race, enrollment is nearly half of what it was a year ago.

Participation in Indianapolis' race plummeted to 26,000 from more than 37,000 participants the year before, and Race for the Cure in Southwest Florida reported 2,000 fewer participants than the previous year.

Komen's official reason for cutting Planned Parenthood funding was that it was under federal investigation.  However, many saw it as a politically motivated move by some of its devoutly pro-life executives, who objected to Planned Parenthood's abortion services.

Funding was restored quickly -- but not before raising the ire of past and potential participants on both sides of the aisle.

"I ran the Race for the Cure for over 10 years in memory of my mother who died of breast cancer at age 57," said Chicago-based author Iris Waichle.  "I've stopped running the race and contributing money to Komen.  As an advocate for people fighting infertility, I believe a woman has the right to choose her reproductive options."

On the other hand, Beverly Solomon, of Austin, Texas, who has never run a race but has often made contributions to Komen, vowed to stop supporting the charity because it reversed its original decision.

"How can anyone not see how offensive [it is] finding out that money intended to cure cancer was contributed to the biggest killer of women of any cause?" she asked.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Fight Hunger With These Five Charities

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for City Harvest(NEW YORK) -- After the holiday gift-giving season passes and spring begins, it’s easy to forget to give to charities that need your help the most.  ABC News identified five food-related charities that are a great way to give back just in time spring.

This blog is part of a virtual event, “Hunger Hits Home,” themed around how we can do more to help fight hunger in our communities.  Join ABC News at this communal table and post the ways you help fight hunger using the Twitter hashtag: #pullupachair

Here are a few charities worth checking out:

1.  City Harvest
Centered around the issue of hunger in New York City, City Harvest was created by citizens upset at how restaurants were throwing away perfectly good food at the end of the night.  The organization collects food from restaurants and grocers and delivers them to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city.  If you’re outside of NYC, City Harvest offers tips on how to start one in your area.

2.  Feeding America:    Feeding America fights hunger through a network of food banks and programs around the country.  Their after school kids cafe provides a great way to volunteer to help tutor or select a local food bank in your area to get started.

3.  The Hunger Project:  This organization works in Africa, Asia and South America with the goal that every person leads a “life of self-reliance and dignity” while teaching empowerment and equality.  Check out their information on how to get involved or help from your home with these small computer savvy options.

4. Action Against Hunger:  Committed to ending world hunger, ACF International targets a “range of social, organizational, technical, and resource concerns essential to a community’s well-being.”    Send e-cards to your friends to get involved, donate or host a fundraiser.  The company uses $0.90 per dollar donated for its field programs.

5.  Heifer International Encouraging self-reliance, Heifer International gives families livestock and training to help them create a sustainable income.  The organization encourages recipients to “Pass on the Gift” by giving the offspring of the livestock to other needy families.  Visit a learning center around the country or check online for how you can volunteer.

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