Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Continues 10th Birthday Season October 20-21 in New York

Thousands of Participants from Tri-State area and Across the U.S. are "In It to End It" in Annual Weekend Fundraising Event to Support Breast Cancer Cause


New York, NY, August 9, 2012 – The 2012 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series returns for its tenth year to the New York metropolitan area with the Avon Walk New York on October 20-21. The Avon Walk series brings together thousands of participants – including breast cancer survivors – who are dedicated to raising life-saving funds for the breast cancer cause. Last year’s Avon Walk New York raised more than $8.4 million and attracted 3,500 participants, including 444 breast cancer survivors, from 42 states, Washington, D.C., and six countries.


The Avon Walks offers participants a choice of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon-and-a-half (39.3 miles) over a weekend. Walkers raise a minimum of $1,800 to participate and the Avon Foundation for Women distributes the funds raised to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations. The Avon Foundation has awarded more than $55 million to organizations in the New York metropolitan area, including the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center, New York University Cancer Institute, God’s Love We Deliver and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.


Whether participants are taking part in the Avon Walk for a personal reason or to help support the breast cancer cause, they all have a story to tell. Mary Kaye DeSilva of Canisteo, NY, a breast cancer survivor participating in her third Avon Walk New York, walks with her husband each year to raise funds to enable access to mammograms for those who can’t afford them. Jamie Mach of Montville, NJ, is a one-year breast cancer survivor walking with her 13-member team. Avon CEO Sheri McCoy will walk in honor of her mother, a breast cancer survivor.


About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York, the eighth of nine 2012 Avon Walks, begins on Saturday, October 20 with an inspirational opening ceremony at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84. Walkers will then begin their journey of up to 39.3 miles through New York City supported by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by family, friends and supporters along the route.


After a full day of walking on Saturday, walkers and crew spend the night at the “Wellness Village” at Randall’s Island, which features two-person pink sleeping tents, hot showers, prepared meals, entertainment, volunteer medical services and support services, along with leisure activities such as relaxing yoga to stretch out muscles and a spa zone with mini back and foot massages. On Sunday, October 21, walkers complete their final 13.1 miles, celebrating their achievement at the Closing Ceremony back at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84, with thousands of family and friends. During the ceremony, the Avon Foundation for Women will award new grants to local breast cancer organizations in the Tri-State area to ensure the funds raised immediately benefit the community.


For more information on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, 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 Charlotte (October 27-28) is the last Walk of the 2012 season. The 2013 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer schedule is: Houston (April 20-21), Washington, DC (May 4-5), Boston (May 18-19), Chicago (June 1-2), San Francisco (September 28-29), Santa Barbara (September 22-23), New York City (October 20-21), and Charlotte, NC (October 27-28).


About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Series
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which recognizes its 10th birthday in 2012, is a project of the Avon Foundation for Women, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Since its launch in 2003, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series has raised more than $445 million through the dedication of more than 173,000 participating women and men from across the country, including hundreds of Avon Associates and Representatives. The Avon Foundation awards the funds raised to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations to support breast cancer awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research. The Walks take place in nine cities, covering 39 miles in two days, and raise significant awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Series is the largest fund-raising event for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Since the Crusade launched in 1992, Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have donated $740 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person's ability to pay.


About the Avon Foundation for Women
The Avon Foundation for Women, the world's largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2011, Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $860 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Avon also responds generously to provide support for relief and recovery efforts in times of major natural disasters and emergencies.


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The Avon walk for Breast Cancer 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: New York-Presbyterian Hospital.


Remember: early detection can help save lives. Discuss breast cancer screening with your doctor. Make informed decisions about what age to start mammography. Get to know your risk and risk reduction strategies. For more breast cancer information and resources, visit www.cancer.org (keyword breast cancer) or www.avonfoundation.org, where you can access free printable breast cancer informational literature.


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