The national controversy over Susan G. Komen's decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, then reversing that decision, has not had an adverse effect on the number of participants in the 20th annual Komen El Paso Affiliate Race for the Cure.
Through events such as the Komen Race for the Cure, Komen El Paso helps provide financial support to groups such as the Cancer and Chronic Disease Consortium, Centro San Vicente, Texas Tech University Breast Care Center and to the University Medical Center Foundation of El Paso. "This is the first time we've given to the University Medical Center Foundation," Flora said. "They provide short-time financial assistance to patients who are undergoing chemo therapy. That money can go to rent, to help pay utilities, co-payments, or it can help them with the expenses to fly to MD Anderson (for treatment)."
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