The creator of Team Heather, one of Race for the Cure’s top fundraising groups, has received both positive and negative responses to the controversy that surrounded the Susan G. Komen foundation’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood and its subsequent reversal.
Shawn Gardner, front row in black shirt, with members of Team Heather at the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Team Heather, a fundraising group in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Race for the Cure in Washington, has raised $250,000 since June 2001 for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. Team Heather was formed in 2001 to support 25-year-old Heather Gardner Starcher as she began her fight against breast cancer — a fight that ended with her death Sept. 29, 2002. Family Photo