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Susan G. Komen, breast cancer foundation, shakes up leadership

CEO Nancy Brinker stepped into a new management role – the latest fallout at breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure after the foundation's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding and then reinstate it. NBC's Lisa Myers reports.


Liz Thompson announced she would step down as president of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in September.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure shook up its top leadership Wednesday announcing the resignation of its president and shifting role for its CEO and founder, Nancy Brinker. Two members of its board of directors also announced their resignations.

Komen President Liz Thompson announced plans to leave the organization in September. Meanwhile, Komen Founder and CEO Nancy Brinker will shift to a new management role as chair of the Komen Board Executive Committee when the search for a new senior executive is finished.

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Komen also said that Brenda Lauderback and Linda Law, who have served on their board since 2008 and 2009 respectively, are leaving the board of directors.

"The legacy will continue," Thompson said in a released statement. "It has been a privilege and an honor to serve in this role."

Regarding new role, Brinker said, "I was asked by the Board in 2009 to assume the CEO role. Three years into that role, and 32 years after my promise to my sister to end breast cancer, I want to focus on Susan G. Komen's global mission and raising resources to bring our promise to women all around the world."

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The shakeup at the top comes after a controversial decision earlier this year by the national foundation to cut breast-cancer screening grants to Planned Parenthood.

The national Komen headquarters announced in January that it was pulling funding from Planned Parenthood because of a government investigation, citing a probe launched by a Florida congressman at the urging of anti-abortion groups. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., wanted to look into accusations that Planned Parenthood had improperly used public funds for abortions.

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Nancy G. Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of her sister. She has been shifted to a new role, the foundation announced Wednesday.

Komen was blasted for the decison. Days later, the national organization reversed its position.

Cheryl Shaw, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Komen chapter, told KING 5 in February the local chapter was opposed to the funding guidelines from the beginning.

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"When the decision became public, we wrote a letter to our national office and told them we were totally against this policy, that it had an adverse effect on our work here in the Puget Sound area and it really took us off of our mission,” Shaw said. “Our mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever."

Unfortunately for Komen, its local chapters and the millions of women they support by promoting breast health and cancer screenings, the damage was done.

Editor’s Note: KING 5 is a sponsor of the 2012 Race for the Cure.

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