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Why all the Purple Ribbons in Downtown Pleasanton?

Original post made by Ken mano, Willow West, on Jun 28, 2014

Purple is the theme color for “Relay for Life”, the American Cancer Society’s major fundraiser in the fight against cancer.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 29, 2014 at 8:30 am

I thought that the color used for Cancer anything is pink?

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Posted by Al
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

The pink ribbons became the symbol for a cure-cancer fund started by cancer-victim Susan Komen's sister (Nancy Brinker), which was a v big deal for many years until the top leadership in this big-time charity decided they wanted to de-fund Planned Parenthood -- i.e., not give any part of the money they collected to PP, as they had done earlier. Because about 1% of PP's work was related to abortions. As that story emerged, we also learned how very high the salaries of top leaders of the Komen non-profit were -- almost $700K/yr for SNancy Brinker -- and that 10% goes for fundraising. So that charity has imploded, and the pink ribbons are now tainted with that scandal. It did much good, I guess, but is still recovering from that bad PP decision, which was viewed by many as the top leaders of Komen supporting right-wing restriction of reproductive rights and services for women, esp poor women. Easy to google it and learn more.

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