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How Did Komen Head Nancy Brinker’s 64 Percent Raise Go Under the Radar?

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How Did Komen Head Nancy Brinker’s 64 Percent Raise Go Under the Radar?

Susan G. Komen for the Cure was hit with a tidal wave of backlash when it announced that it was pulling $680,000 in grants to Planned Parenthood that had covered breast-cancer screenings for underprivileged women. As the people behind all the pink went red in the face, Komen decided that the only way to bail out the sinking ship was for CEO Nancy Brinker to resign. Theoretically, she did. But she’s still there, in a new position: chair of the Komen Board Executive Committee. No one has replaced her as CEO, and she still holds the title on Komen’s website. According to recent news reports, in addition to still seemingly being at the helm of the organization, she just landed a tidy little raise—64 percent, to be precise—bringing her salary to nearly $685,000. Quite an interesting number. And surprisingly, she seems to have done it without much of a flap.

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Nancy Brinker

Komen had to backpedal and reinstate Planned Parenthood’s grants. But even so, the organization spent a measly 11 percent of its $420 million in annual donations on screening. And it allotted 15 percent for research. So are women actually going pink “for the cure” or for other things—such as Brinker’s reported five-star accommodations, private flights, and luncheons with lobster flown in from Maine?

Equally troubling is the type of “research” that Komen funds: archaic experiments on animals that for more than 40 years still haven’t produced a cure. “The history of cancer research has been a history of curing cancer in the mouse,” Richard Klausner, former head of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), has observed. “We have cured mice of cancer for decades, and it simply didn’t work in humans.” The same is true for the millions of rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs, monkeys, and other animals who have died in the name of cancer experimentation—because their genetic makeup is vastly different from ours. The NCI now uses human cancer cells, taken by biopsy during surgery, to perform first-stage testing for new anti-cancer drugs, giving us all a much better shot at combating cancer. And while organizations such as Komen waste funds on experiments that have proven time and again not to work, women with a family history of breast cancer, like Angelina Jolie, are so fearful that they are preemptively having their breasts removed.

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Believe it or not, this is one of the least horrific images we could find to share. Google animal testing if you want to know what really goes on. It’s the most brutal, barbaric thing you’ll ever see.

As a woman, an animal advocate, and a granddaughter whose dear grandmother died of breast cancer at age 64, I am outraged by Komen’s wastefulness and apparent disregard for underprivileged women. We deserve better than this.

A host of organizations dedicate their proceeds to offering screenings for underserved women and finding a cure through cutting-edge non-animal testing methods. Among them are the American Breast Cancer Foundation, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the United Breast Cancer Research Society. PETA has compiled a complete list on its website.

To end breast cancer, we have to think outside the pink.

Michelle Kretzer learned about factory farming while pursuing a degree in Journalism at the University of Kentucky. She immediately stopped eating meat and dedicated herself to the cause of animal rights. When she is not writing for the PETA Foundation, Michelle enjoys traveling, collecting Beatles memorabilia, and finding great cruelty-free shoes and bags.

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  1. nancy says:

    Even people who aren’t concerned with animal rights are starting to admit animal research is bogus science.

    http://truth-out.org/news/item/16208-the-experiment-is-on-us-science-of-animal-testing-thrown-into-doubt




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Cancer is in the news daily, and maybe, through these photographs, the next time a cancer patient is asked how he or she is doing, along with listening, the answer will be met with more knowledge, kinder empathy, deeper understanding, sincere caring and heartfelt concern." In an effort to create awareness on a deeper level, Angelo decided to enter his photo documentary into the One Life Photo Competition to spread his message. This is where the GG Army troops come in! Voting is one part of the competition and is open until July 29th.  Take time to check out his documentary and if you feel moved to do so, please VOTE!  Daily!!! You can vote every 24 hours and even vote more than once by using multiple devices (smartphone, ipad, computer) - no email address or registration required. Share it on facebook, twitter, email it to friends, post it anywhere you can. OUR GOAL IS TO REACH 15,000 VOTES BY 7/29/11! To see the photos and VOTE: bopmo.see.me/onelife2011 To read Jen and Angelo's story and see more photos, which are continuously updated: angelomerendino.com Please join the troops and help. They are not asking for donations, just a click of your mouse. Kendra Coppey is the Director and Founder of Barefoot Tiger, a mobile company of fun-loving, inspired and healthy yoga teachers, massage therapists and personal trainers in NYC, all with the same goal: to teach and inspire others to live healthy lives, in the comfort of their own […]
    • Campbell’s Promises Cans Will Be BPA Free by 2017Campbell’s Promises Cans Will Be BPA Free by 2017Obviously we'd like companies like Campbell's to choose healthier, organic, more plant-basedcampbells s ingredients. But for the rest of the world who will continue to eat these products, a place to start is to let people know what's in their canned foods, and how to help get rid of the toxic and dangerous chemicals in things as seemingly innocuous as their child's can of tomato soup. Tonight, Wednesday March 30 at midnight, an important report will be released by six nonprofit organizations on ToxicFoodCans.org that analyzed the interior linings and lids of nearly 200 canned foods for the presence of Bisphenol A (BPA) and the replacement materials for BPA-based epoxy being used by national brands and retailers, and the extent to which those compa­nies have studied the safety of these materials. Evidence suggests BPA may contribute to a host of harmful health effects including breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and attention deficit disorder. Upon learning about the upcoming report, Campbell's announced yesterday they are eliminating BPA in North American cans by mid- 2017. While this is a step in the right direction, the statement left out important details that we think would make this truly good news for Campbell's soup lovers: How do we know they will follow through? Four years ago Campbell's made a similar promise, yet the report to be released tomorrow found otherwise. Not everyone benefits from their plan. They did not indicate a timeframe for global phase-out of BPA. Campbell's sells in 120 countries around the world, and should make a commitment to making the safest cans possible everywhere they do business. Consumers are left waiting and wondering. They did not mention plans to label cans that are lined with toxic BPA during the phase out. The report that will be released tomorrow will show why this is important to consumers today. Publicly disclosing the safety of their BPA alternatives is a critically important request from a business and public health perspective.  Consumers want BPA-free food cans that are truly safer, not food cans lined with BPA-alternative chemicals that may be equally or even more toxic. Tomorrow's report will also highlight the importance of informed substitution and whether BPA Free means safe. They did not adopt a formal safe packaging chemical policy. This would guide Campbell's review and safe substitution of other chemicals of concern in their food packaging. By doing so, Campbell's would communicate to the public their commitment to addressing the larger problem of unsafe chemicals in food packaging and continuous improvement. Campbell's website already identifies products that are GMO-free or free of high fructose corn syrup or MSG. The need for disclosure on packaging and online is consistent with the growing demand for greater transparency and consumer-right-to-know in the food and consumer products arena. The Breast Cancer Fund is the leading national organization working to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals linked to the disease.  As part of their Cans not Cancer Campaign, is committed to supporting actionable plans that live up to the promise of protecting public health from exposure to toxic chemicals like BPA in food packaging.  While it is understandable that Campbell's wants to assure its consumers in advance of our report, it does not change what is on the shelves now nor does it guarantee the future safety of their cans. We encourage Campbell's to put a more robust action plan into place and be held accountable for their […]
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