BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Boston and six other cities will no longer be stops on the 2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day series, the organization announced Tuesday.
Economic uncertainty over the past four years has made it difficult for the non-profit organization to sustain success in all 14 cities. The financial strain coupled with the event's magnitude forced the decision by the Susan G. Komen foundation.
"Like you, we are saddened to see the 3-Day leave our community in 2014. While we did receive some of the proceeds from the 3-Day, our major fundraiser and primary revenue source is our Race for the Cure, which will be held this fall. With the support of our wonderful donors, this allows us to continue to fund local education, screening and treatment programs right here in the Commonwealth. We encourage those who participated in the 3-Day to join us at our Massachusetts Race for the Cure this fall," Ronni Cohen-Boyar, Executive Director, Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said in a statement in response to some of the negative criticism the organization had been receiving.
In the statement, Cohen-Boyar also said while enthusiasm for the circuit remains high, participants have said they have found it more difficult to achieve desired donation levels. She also stressed that the 2013 3-Day, which is scheduled for July 26 to July 28, is still taking place.
While the 3-Day may not be held in Boston in 2014, Komen Massachusetts will remain as a year round breast health resource serving Boston.
Those who still wish to participate in some capacity are encouraged to continue join in one of the seven markets in 2014 including: Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Twin Cities. Registration for the 2014 series will open on Monday, July 29.
Massachusetts residents are also encouraged to continue to show their support of Susan G. Komen by participating in the Massachusetts Race for the Cure which will be held in the fall.
The non-profit organization said it hopes to one day return to a larger number of markets, but for now the adjustment is absolutely necessary.