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by George Malik on 03/02/13 at 01:36 AM ET
The reality of any sort of charitable enterprise is that even the most good-intentioned organizations supporting specific causes raising money and holding power and influence over health research and treatment...End up like any organization that possesses power and influence. They become political entities, and the politics surrounding their power and influence are divisive.
I know breast cancer survivors who unequivocally state that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation helped save their lives, but another dear friend almost hisses audibly when speaking of "The Komen Mafia." I'm a big supporter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, but other advocates for the support and treatment of mental illness deem NAMI to be nothing less than "bonkers."
That's the way it goes for just about every charity, and I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that the CBC reports that the Canadian Natonal Women's Hockey Team's taking flak for wearing yellow-accented jerseys at the World Championships because the Livestrong foundation's founding influence happens to be a self-proclaimed "cheater":
In this day and age, there's no way to completely rise above the politics involved in charitable endeavors, but the good tends to outweigh the bad, especially in terms of raising money for people who are ill and need help advocating for and paying for their health care.
Edit: just to clarify, I'm not saying that all charities are "good" or that some don't spend their donations more effectively than others, but one can always research a charity's policies and actual charitable records before donating, and I would imagine that Hockey Canada and their jersey sponsor, Nike, have made an informed decision here.
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