10th Annual New York Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Raises More Than $8.3 Million

More than 3,400 women and men participate in the 39.3-mile Avon Walk; Grants Awarded to 9 New York-area Breast Cancer Organizations

New York, NY, Oct. 21, 2012 – The 10th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season continued with the Avon Walk New York this weekend, which raised more than $8.3 million to advance access to care and research to prevent and ultimately find a cure for breast cancer. The Avon Walk New York, the eighth of nine Avon Walks this year, attracted more than 3,400 participants from 46 states and Washington DC, as well as eight countries, and drew 429 men and 401 breast cancer survivors to raise life-saving funds and awareness for breast cancer.

During the Closing Ceremony at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84, Nicole Seagriff, a three-month breast cancer survivor from New Haven, CT, described her battle with breast cancer and what motivated her to walk: “The Avon Walk has been so powerful for me because it is part of my healing process and it gives me the chance to help countless people who are not as lucky as I’ve been. My aunt struggled with a lack of insurance, which inspired me even more to raise money for the Avon Foundation for Women and its mission of funding programs that serve people who don’t have the financial resources they need to battle breast cancer.”

CEO of Avon Products, Inc., Sheri McCoy – who served as the honorary captain of Team Avon Sales Representatives and employees – walked in the event in honor of her mother, a breast cancer survivor. “As CEO of Avon Products, I am so proud of our efforts to fight this disease,” said McCoy. “Here in our hometown of New York, many of our employees and Sales Representatives walked, crewed, volunteered, and cheered on Team Avon. We came together this weekend to show New York and the world that we are In It to End It.”

During the Walk’s Closing Ceremony, Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig announced a total of more than $7.8 million in grants to nine local breast cancer care and research organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community. More grants will be awarded through the remainder of the year to breast cancer programs nationwide.

Following are the grants awarded at the Avon Walk New York Closing Ceremony:

  • The Avon Foundation Breast Health Outreach Program received $5 million to support more than 100 community-based groups across the country for programs that navigate more than 125,000 people into mammography screening and clinical breast exams annually and reached a half million people with critical breast cancer education and information.
  • CancerCare received $1 million to continue support for the AvonCares program, which provides financial assistance for transportation and child care to low-income breast cancer patients undergoing treatment, reaching women and men in 85% of all U.S. counties and all 50 states.
  • The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, one of eight Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Centers of Excellence located in leading medical centers across the country, received $750,000 to continue funding care for thousands of underserved women in its state-of-the art mammography center and to support breast cancer research, clinical trials and imaging fellowships. This new grant brings total Avon Foundation support for the Columbia-Presbyterian Avon Breast Center to more than $22 million over the last 12 years.
  • NYU School of Medicine received two grants totaling $525,000. The first is a Safety Net grant that provides integrated breast cancer care for medically underserved multiethnic women at Bellevue Hospital Center. The second is a research grant that supports an International Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Consortium designed to investigate the complex interplay of inflammatory breast cancer cells on the tissue microenvironment.
  • God's Love We Deliver received $150,000 to provide nutrition education and meals to breast cancer patients and their families.

Four of the grants awarded at Closing Ceremony will strengthen the Avon Safety Net Hospital program, a network of more than 100 hospitals and community clinics across the country supported by the Avon Foundation to ensure women and men without insurance or resources have access to high quality breast health services. The Safety Net grants included:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine received a grant of $125,000
  • Young Survival Coalition received a grant of $75,000
  • Northern Westchester Hospital received a grant of $75,000
  • Long Island Medical Foundation/Nassau University Medical Center received a grant of $75,000

About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York
During the Avon Walk New York, 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, October 20, with an early morning Opening Ceremony at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 in New York City. Following the ceremony, walkers began their journey, traveling through scenic New York and concluding at the Avon Walk “Wellness Village” at Randall’s Island. The “Wellness Village” featured two-person pink sleeping tents, hot showers, full hot meals, entertainment, volunteer medical services and comprehensive support services, along with leisure activities such as relaxing yoga to stretch out the muscles and a spa zone with mini-back-and-foot-massages. On Sunday, October 21, walkers completed the walk, ending back at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84, where thousands of family members 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 New York, 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 $470 million through the dedication of nearly 180,000 participating women and men from across the country, including thousands of Avon Associates and Representatives. The Avon Walk New York is the eighth event of the 2012 10th birthday season, and registration is still open for the remaining 2012 Avon Walk in Charlotte, NC (Oct. 27-28) and for the 2013 season. For more information on the Avon Walk 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.

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The Avon Walk thanks National Sponsors: Reebok, Otter Box and ORION Trading, Local Premiere Sponsors: Hudson River Park Trust and Tiger Balm, Local Sponsors: Sage Realty, Coffee Distributing Corp., Wafels and Dinges and Kiwaii Water and Medical Sponsor: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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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