Komen founder to step down as CEO after 3 decades

Komen founder to step down as CEO after 3 decades

Komen founder to step down as CEO after 3 decades

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Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 7:23 PM

DALLAS (AP) — As her sister was dying from breast cancer, Nancy G. Brinker made a promise to her: She would do everything she could to end the disease.

Brinker fulfilled that solemn commitment by founding a breast cancer charity in 1982 that grew into the world's largest — a national fundraising powerhouse that has invested many millions of dollars in research and medical services.

Now Brinker, the public face of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is stepping down as CEO, about six months after the organization's hotly debated decision to end funding for breast screenings through Planned Parenthood. The move was quickly reversed, but it ended up stirring anger on both sides of the abortion debate.

Brinker will move to a new role focusing on fundraising and strategic planning.

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