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Lemonade for a cause

Eight-year-old Lekseea Givens, with her grandfather, Bryan Vanhoff, waits for customers at her lemonade stand in Spokane Valley on June 27. All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In the summer, lemonade stands spring up in neighborhoods across the city.

Some kids hope to earn candy money. Some are saving for new bikes. Others just like the jingle of change in their pockets.

Lekseea Givens, 8, wants a cure for breast cancer.

Her bright pink stand features a carefully lettered sign: “Lemonade 50¢, All profits go to breast cancer research.”

While waiting for customers in front of her grandparents’ Spokane Valley home last week, Lekseea said, “My Auntie Dee had breast cancer. I wanted to think of a way to help other people stop getting breast cancer.” Read more. Cindy Hval, SR

Do you stop at lemonade stands?

Costello: Komen Pays Extortion Money

So now we celebrate bullies? I can't tell you how many “news” articles I've read in the last week that speculated on whether or not the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be able to repair its reputation after attempting to withdraw $650,000 worth of annual funding that it currently sends to that billion dollar per year abortion mill, the ironically misnamed Planned Parenthood. Considering the heavy handed thuggery that Planned Parenthood and its allies used to reclaim that tiny sliver of their revenue stream, I have to wonder why it is that Planned Parenthood doesn't have a reputation that is in need of restoration. When Susan G. Komen's new leadership decided that it could do more to fight breast cancer with that money than Planned Parenthood could, Planned Parenthood turned its mighty guns on the Komen Foundation and painted its leadership as a cabal of religious extremists. The mainstream news media actually took the lead on this assault/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Will Komen Foundation fund-raising efforts be hurt in the near future by the way it handled this controversy, from beginning to end?

Komen Splits w/Planned Parenthood

A prominent cancer-treatment foundation is ending its work with Planned Parenthood, a decision Planned Parenthood called “deeply disturbing and disappointing.” The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has broken off a partnership through which it provided cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Planned Parenthood blamed the political controversy over abortion. “We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America/Sam Baker, The Hill. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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