NYC Head of Komen Cancer Charity Resigns

Dara Richardson-Heron was a critic of the national organization's decision last month to cut funding for some Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:02 AM EDT
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The head of the greater New York City affiliate of the nation's pre-eminent breast-cancer charity has announced her resignation.  

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron will step down from her position with Susan G. Komen for the Cure at the end of April, according to The Wall Street Journal.  

The New York chapter of Komen provides $4.8 million in grants in support of breast-cancer research and education.     

Richardson-Heron was a critic of the national organization's decision last month to cut funding for some Planned Parenthood affiliates. The national organization later backtracked and said it would continue to fund Planned Parenthood.     

The New York group provides funding for Planned Parenthood programs in Nassau County.     

Richardson-Heron said in a statement that she was leaving to "pursue new career opportunities.''     

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