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Susan G. Komen cancels Eugene race for 2019

CEO Andy Asato said they will be holding a More than Pink Walk in Portland next September.

Posted: Oct 22, 2018 12:46 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2018 5:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Officials from Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington have announced the cancellation of Eugene's Race for the Cure in 2019.

“While saying good-bye to Race for the Cure in Eugene, we are opening the door to new opportunities to make a bigger, bolder impact on Komen’s mission and services,” CEO Andy Asato said.

Asato told KEZI 9 News that a More Than Pink Walk will be held in Portland on Sept. 22. Komen will also hold a More Than Pink Brunch in Eugene on March 30 at the Valley River Inn.

“(The brunch) will be a whimsical, fun affair,” Asato said. “People can come in costumes. It will involve teams and fundraising. But it will also involve the opportunity to share our story.”

The event will feature a special storyteller who benefits from Komen programs in Oregon.

Asato blamed the changes on high expenses and an increase in the number of other charity walks.

“We have many walks and runs now. You can almost count on one or two every weekend of the year,” Asato said.

He said that’s led to declining participation.

“We want to be the best stewards of dollars, and we want to continue to bring community together,” Asato said.

Asato thanked all the people who helped make the Eugene race happen, and he said he knows many of them will be coming with them.

Komen is a nonprofit organization that raises money to fight breast cancer.

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