10th Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer San Francisco Raises $4.8 Million

Nearly 2,200 Women and Men Participate in the 39.3 Mile Walk; Grants Awarded to Ten Local Breast Cancer Organizations

San Francisco, CA, July 8, 2012 – The 10th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season continued with the Avon Walk San Francisco this weekend, which raised $4.8 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. The Avon Walk San Francisco, the sixth of nine Avon Walks this year, attracted nearly 2,200 participants from 37 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Australia, Cayman Islands, Denmark, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The Avon Walk San Francisco drew 303 men and 259 breast cancer survivors who all joined together to raise life-saving funds and awareness for breast cancer.

During the Closing Ceremony at Fort Mason, Lis Fuchs, a 10-year breast cancer survivor from Mill Valley, CA, who walked in two previous Avon Walks for Breast Cancer, described her battle with breast cancer and what motivated her to walk for a third time:

“As someone who has such a prevalent family history of breast cancer, from my great grandmother on down, in some ways I was waiting for the disease to come my way. If I’ve learned anything from being diagnosed with breast cancer it’s that you can’t live your life waiting. I know I have cancer and I know that my future is uncertain,” said Fuchs. “I also didn't wait to come back to walk my third Avon Walk. I truly believe that we are nearing the tipping point in our fight against cancer and that each of us has played a role in moving us toward a world without the disease. I plan to be here to see that world. And I really can’t wait.”

Dr. Marc Hurlbert, executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, announced during the Closing Ceremony a total of more than $2.8 million in grants to ten local organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community. More grants are slated to be awarded throughout the year to breast cancer programs nationwide.

“Our beneficiaries here in San Francisco are leaders from your communities who are dedicated to the fight against breast cancer,” said Hurlbert. “These organizations are providing breast cancer screening, care and support services every day. They are also researching the causes and improved treatments for breast cancer, but also a way to someday prevent the disease altogether.”

Following are the grants the Avon Foundation for Women awarded at the Avon Walk San Francisco Closing Ceremony:

  • The Second Opinion received $100,000 to support an innovative program that provides no cost and independent second opinions to medically underserved women and men diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Five organizations that are part of the Avon Safety Net program, a network of more than 100 hospitals and community-based programs across the country supported by the Avon Foundation, received grants. The program works to ensure that women and men who might otherwise fall through the cracks of the healthcare system have access to timely and high quality care. Following are the grants:
    California Pacific Medical Center received $70,000
    Shanti Project received $100,000
    Women’s Cancer Resource Center received $110,000
    Charlotte Maxwell Clinic received $150,000
    Cancer Resource Center of Mendocino County received $180,000
  • Zero Breast Cancer received $125,000 for its community research to better understand the genetic and environmental factors that may be involved in breast cancer.
  • The Marin County Department of Health & Human Services received $300,000 to support their Marin Women’s Study, a research project that is developing a saliva-based test to assess breast cancer risk.
  • Project Open Hand received $200,000 to support their Homebound Critically Ill Program, which provides meals grocery services and education programs for breast cancer patients and families.
  • Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at San Francisco General Hospital, one of eight Avon Centers received $750,000 to support their mobile mammography program, as well as a high-risk genetic clinic, community outreach and two breast cancer research projects. The Avon Foundation has donated nearly $22 million since 2001 to this exceptional breast cancer research and patient care facility.

About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer San Francisco
During the Avon Walk San Francisco, which is a noncompetitive event, women and men had a choice of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the weekend. The event kicked off Saturday, July 7, with an early morning Opening Ceremony at Fort Mason. Following the ceremony, walkers began their journey, traveling through the greater San Francisco area and concluding at the Avon Walk “Wellness Village” at Corte Madera Town Park. The “Wellness Village” featured two-person pink sleeping tents, hot showers, prepared meals, entertainment, volunteer medical services, along with leisure activities such as relaxing yoga and a spa zone with mini-back-and-foot-massages. On Sunday, July 8, walkers completed another 13.1 miles together, ending back at Fort Mason, where thousands of family and friends greeted them and shared in a celebratory and moving Closing Ceremony, including the awarding of new grants.

To participate in the Avon Walk San Francisco, each walker raised a minimum of $1,800 in donations. The Avon Foundation for Women [a 501(c)(3) public charity] manages the funds raised, which it awards to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations to support five areas of the breast cancer cause, including awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research.

Since its launch in 2003, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series has raised more than $440 million through the dedication of more than 170,000 participating women and men from across the country, including thousands of Avon Associates and Representatives. The Avon Walk San Francisco is the sixth event of the 2012 10th birthday season, and registration is still open for the remaining 2012 Avon Walks: Santa Barbara (September 22-23), New York City (October 20-21), and Charlotte, NC (October 27-28).

For more information on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or to donate, visit www.avonwalk.org or call 888-541-WALK. To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women visit www.avonfoundation.org.


The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer thanks National Sponsors: Reebok and OtterBox, Local Premiere Sponsor: Tiger Balm, Local Sponsors: FullBloom Baking Company, Cognizant, King-American Ambulance, Nelson Staffing and Sports Basement,
and Medical Sponsor: Alameda County Medical Center

Remember, early detection helps save lives. Talk to your doctor about your risk, risk-reduction strategies and about what age to start mammography. For more breast cancer information and resources, visit www.cancer.org or www.avonfoundation.org.
 And don't forget, men can get breast cancer too.

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