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Komen Cancels Charity Walks In 7 Cities Due To Economic Uncertainty

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Breast cancer survivors and supporters attend the Komen Community Challenge rally on April 26, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Breast cancer survivors and supporters attend the Komen Community Challenge rally on April 26, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A race organized across major U.S. cities every year to raise money for breast cancer awareness, will not return to Tampa Bay in 2014.

Organization officials for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day told the Tampa Bay Times that economic uncertainty over the past four years is the reason why the non-profit couldn’t continue the race in Tampa Bay, as well as Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

“The difficult decision to exit these markets was not made lightly, as we know this bold and empowering event has touched the lives of thousands of participants like you,” the group said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Reuters reports that participation in the three-day walks declined by 37 percent over the past four years.

“It’s unfortunate it’s ending due to financial reasons, not because we have no more breast cancer,” breast cancer survivor Geri Bertolino told the Tampa Bay Times.

The race will continue in Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

The announcement comes about five months before the 2013 Susan G. Komen 3-Day, scheduled to take place Oct. 25 to Oct. 27 in Tampa. The cancellation of the 2014 race won’t affect this year’s event.

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