Before I get to the rant, let me just thank everyone for once again making it a great month for this minor skirmish in the great war against cancer. You rock and I’m not just saying that. It honestly warms my heart each month when I get these receipts and find that you’re still participating. I am truly grateful to you.
Now, let the gnashing of teeth begin.
This really irked me:
“We know folks have been upset with us,” says [spokesperson Leslie] Aun. “We get that, and we are sorry. We hope that people don’t turn their backs on women. If you don’t give to Komen, that’s someone who’s not going to get a mammogram.” She adds, “We fill so many gaps for women—we gave 700,000 free screenings to uninsured women last year, many of them impoverished.”
They just don’t get it. And now I have to do some math just to be a jerk.
Komen claims they made 700k mammograms possible last year. During the same year, they took in $400 million. So, in essence, they paid $571.43 per mammogram.
A quick Google search found out-of-pocket mammogram prices generally between $100 and $250.
Using that $250 figure (in an unprecedented act of generosity on my part), I’m going to go ahead and say that they are actually preventing about 700k mammograms per year. *
* I know this is a severe oversimplification. But seriously. They impugned my commitment to women’s health and fighting cancer.
And so, it is with great pleasure that I submit this month’s donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Here are the receipts:
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