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The Real Power of Ribbons

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In 2007, I wrote and performed "Power of Ribbons" to support my friend, Nancy Colton, who was valiantly fighting breast cancer. I loved the imagery of the ribbons that had been introduced to us by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I was inspired by the beauty and simplicity of those curled satin ribbons which galvanized millions living with the effects of breast cancer and those who loved them, letting them know that they were not alone.


To learn now that the Susan G. Komen Foundation has decided to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood for the provision of the very breast exams that they have advocated for years as the singular best way to detect and cure breast cancer in earliest stages, is at the very least cruel and heart-wrenching. This decision smells, looks and sounds like a political agenda is at hand, and to that, I cannot be a party.


Over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide have provided more than four million clinical breast exams, as well as more than 70,000 mammogram referrals. Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses provide nearly 750,000 breast cancer screenings annually, offering risk assessments, breast exams, breast health information and education, and diagnostic and surgical referrals.

When I recorded "Power of Ribbons," I intended all royalties to go directly to the fight against breast cancer, expecting that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would direct those monies wisely. Today, in rededicating this song to the support of breast cancer, I am re-directing all royalties from the downloading of "Power of Ribbons" directly to Planned Parenthood in support of their breast health programs.

I applaud Mayor Michael Bloomberg for announcing that he will personally make up the $250,000 that will be withheld from the NY chapter of Planned Parenthood. Bravo to you, sir!

Please continue to download "Power of Ribbons." Together, one download at a time, we will not only keep breast health away from politics, but we will show the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Planned Parenthood and women everywhere the real power of ribbons!