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Final Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk in Phoenix

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's the start of the final Susan G. Komen 3-day walk in Phoenix to raise money for breast cancer research.

The event won't be back next year because of a steady drop in participants.

In June, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it is no longer going to hold the national 3-Day walk in seven markets, including Phoenix.

Officials blamed "declining participation in the last five years."

"While the 3-Day has brought great awareness to the breast cancer cause, participation levels over the last four years have made it difficult to sustain an event of this magnitude in 14 cities," the foundation said.

"Like you, we are saddened to see the national 3-Day series leave our community, but based on the information shared with us, we support the decision as being in the best interest of resources and our promise to end breast cancer forever," Phoenix foundation officials said.

The 2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day will return to Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and the Twin Cities.

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