Quinn's budget proposal includes cuts for Komen

By WEEK Producer

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure may need more donations to provide screening services if Gov. Quinn's budget proposal.

The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program faces three million dollars in cuts according to Linda Maricle, the executive director for Peoria Memorial.

She said the cuts would amount to 7,000 fewer mammograms a year, eliminating early detection, an important lifeline in the fight against breast cancer.

"There are a lot of organizations out there doing good for breast cancer research, but in this area we are basically the agency that is basically providing services, direct mammography, early detection that saves lives," said Maricle.

Maricle also said that donations are crucial to continuing services, adding that 75 percent of all funds raised through events like Race for the Cure remain in Central Illinois.

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