The whole thing smacks of blackmail to me. Having the Komen foundation show up at your corporate HQ is about like having Vito show up at your retail shop. You either pay up, or else …
Imagine for a minute, somebody like Target or General Foods saying “Nope, we won’t pay umpteen hundred thousand dollars to redecorate our stores & re-design all our packaging just so we can have the privilege of splitting our already meager margins with you.”
They’d be hung by a howling mob of bloggers in a minute.
Research & fighting disease is a good thing, regardless of which disease. Making breast cancer somehow a special disease is just silly. Having said that, I remember the MDA, March of Dimes, the birth defects people, etc., from 30-40 years ago. Each era has pushy charities for the diseases which seemed particularly scary at the time.
As near as I can tell, the Komen foundation is simply a giant ego trip for the sister of the poor woman who died of the disease. If they are actually interested in a cure, not just the biggest possible headstone for one very ordinary person, then I think it’s about time for them to drop her name & call it the “Breast Cancer Funding Foundation” or something.