Sadhana Chalasani Stands Up for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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The CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is stepping down, some say because of prior controversy regarding Planned Parenthood funding. Sadhana Chalasani, a breast cancer awareness supporter, believes that the great work that this non-profit does deserves support.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest non-profit organization that provides funding for research, awareness, and other initiatives regarding breast cancer. The New York Times reports that Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and CEO of the organization, is stepping down and taking on a new role centered on fundraising and growth strategy. This move, which comes six months after the controversy surrounding the organization’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood—and its overturning of that decision three days later—is met with skepticism by some parties. But Sadhana Chalasani, a breast cancer awareness advocate, believes that the great work this organization has done cannot be disregarded so easily.

The article asserts that Brinker started Susan G. Komen for the Cure after her sister died of breast cancer in 1982. Since then, the non-profit has raised over $2 billion and contributed significantly to breast cancer research, awareness, and other initiatives. One of the many medical services that it funded was breast screenings performed by Planned Parenthood. A target of anti-abortion groups, Planned Parenthood’s connection with Susan G. Komen for the Cure unsettled some of the members of the non-profit’s leadership. The organization decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood about six months ago, but was met with such backlash that it overturned the decision and reinstated its monetary contributions. This decision did not sit well with many members of leadership, who left soon thereafter.

Now, Brinker is stepping down and taking on a less public role within the company. Some say this is a result of the controversy and raise an eyebrow at the idea that the organization has anything left to offer the general public. But Sadhana Chalasani believes this scandal of sorts to be a mere blip on an otherwise admirable record.

“Susan G. Komen for the Cure has changed lives,” states Sadhana Chalasani. “This organization has positively impacted the women who are fighting breast cancer, their families, their doctors, and the researchers who are trying to find a cure for their disease. Of course a controversy of this kind is never great for the public relations of a non-profit organization. But this should not change the fact that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has—and continues to—created positive change in the medical industry. Giving up on the organization now will set breast cancer awareness and research back, and that is something that breast cancer patients simply cannot afford.”


Sadhana Chalasani attended Saint Edward’s School. With a passion for learning and community service, Sadhana Chalasani is a leader in her community. Through her efforts, she has founded the Grassroots AIDS Advocacy Program and the Pink Ribbon Club. Additionally, Sadhana Chalasani is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and Model United Nations.

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