By Molly Messick
Cheyenne, WY – A Cheyenne Frontier Days spokesman says the event will continue to support the Wyoming affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Komen is an organization that provides breast cancer screening, treatment and education. The conservative family values group WYWatch Family Action recently called on Cheyenne Frontier Days to not lend financial support to the group because of its support for embryonic stem cell research, and because some Komen affiliates outside of Wyoming donate money to Planned Parenthood. Cheyenne Frontier Days General Chairman Rod Hottle says the event will continue with its plan to hold an auction benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
"The breast cancer research piece is important to us because we've had fans, volunteers, rodeo contestants and staff that all have been impacted by breast cancer, so it's important to us to be able to support that breast cancer research."
Hottle says he's heard some public outcry based on the WYWatch Family Action complain, but he has also heard from many who support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Cheyenne Frontier Days kicks off on Friday (July 22nd).