Thanks to everyone who posted photos on Pinterest in honor and memory of loved ones for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is very touching to see the collection of beautiful photos! We encourage you to continue to post photos on Pinterest, celebrating the women and men in your life who are currently facing or have battled breast cancer.

The Avon Foundation is committed to its pledge and will donate a total of $100,000 to the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program and the Virus & Breast Cancer Research Consortium. Read more about these programs below.

Avon Breast Health
Outreach Program

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) links medically underserved populations to breast health education and screening services. Low-income, under-insured, and other marginalized women often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Since 2000, the Avon BHOP has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of women by distributing nearly $65 million through more than 1,400 grants to community-based, non-profit breast health programs. To date, more than 1.2 million women have been navigated into screening and more than 11 million people have been educated about breast cancer. In 2012, Avon BHOP is funding 124 community outreach and breast cancer screening programs nationwide.

Avon Foundation Virus &
Breast Cancer Research

The Avon Foundation’s research grant program is focused on the causes and prevention of breast cancer, as well as the development of new tests to detect the earliest changes in breast tissue so strategies can be created to prevent women from ever developing the disease. We also fund new research to investigate the less understood types of breast cancer, such as metastatic, triple-negative and inflammatory.

As part of its research program, the Avon Foundation has recognized the need to invest in research to definitively answer the question of whether viruses play a role in any of the 5-6 characterized forms of breast cancer. Avon has created a Virus & Breast Cancer Research Consortium comprising 16 principal Avon Foundation-funded investigators, as well as other individuals focused on virus research. The Consortium’s goal is to ensure that Avon Foundation-funded researchers provide each other with research progress updates; to foster the sharing of protocols, research tools and resources, including tissue collections; and to accelerate progress toward definitively answering the question about the role of viruses in breast cancer. To date, Avon has invested $6 million in virus-related projects through 2014.