The fight to find a cure for breast cancer is synonymous with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but recently the 30 year organization has found itself in the spotlight for something else.
Good Question: Is it true that the Susan G. Komen Foundation is suing other organizations?
Recently it seems the Susan G. Komen Foundation has found itself in a battle over a trademark with rumors that lawsuits are being filed.
"No its not. That's not true," says Penny Gilbert, the Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Lexington.
Every year tens of thousands or people across the nation sport their pink to pound the pavement and help raise money and find a cure for breast cancer.
That slogan "for the cure" is a trademark belonging to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, trouble is many others want to use it as well.
The Lexington Executive Director for Susan G. Komen says that can be confusing.
"Basically what happens is if we feel like someone is maybe using the name erroneously we pick up the phone and call and say hey just wanted to let you know that this is trademarked and we do it for a very specific reason," says Gilbert.
Gilbert says the organization isn't being hostile to other groups, she says Komen is an important partner to other non profits.
Gilbert doesn't want someone to see "for the cure" and automatically assume its going for breast cancer research because it might not be.
"So its very easy to get confused when people see the pink ribbon, its associated with Komen, we want to make the lines very straight so that people know where their money goes and what happens."
Gilbert says if you are planning an event its best to just call your local Susan G. Komen Foundation and just ask what you can do.
"Call us, just call us, we're happy to work with everyone and everyone and we'll kind of help with the guidelines so there's not any issues."
Susan G. Komen For the Cure and its affiliates support nearly 2,000 charities in our communities.
Just last year the organization provided some $93 million for screenings, education and outreach programs.