N. Indiana breast cancer charity closing

(WISH Photo/John LeSage)
(WISH Photo/John LeSage)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A breast cancer charity that has served the northern third of Indiana has announced it is closing.

South Bend-based Susan G. Komen Northern Indiana board president Pam Jarrett blamed a drop in donations. She tells the South Bend Tribune that she believes the decline in support was mainly outside St. Joseph County, in areas where residents didn’t believe the group was doing enough locally.

The affiliate says it contributed more than $900,000 to local programs and more than $325,000 for research in eight years of operation in 27 counties.

The South Bend office’s two employees were laid off at the end of August.

Jarrett says she and the board hope to close the office by the end of September.

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