Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Returns to Santa Barbara September 7-8

Thousands from Southern California and Across the U.S. Participate in Weekend Fundraising Event to Support Breast Cancer


Santa Barbara, August 23, 2013 – The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer returns for its 11th year to the Los Angeles area with the Avon Walk Santa Barbara on Sept. 7-8, 2013. Last year’s Avon Walk Santa Barbara drew 2,000 participants from across the country, including 271 breast cancer survivors, all of whom  raised funds to advance access to quality breast health care for all and to fund research into the prevention and causes of breast cancer and ultimately, to find a cure.

The Avon Walk Santa Barbara, the fifth of eight 2013 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 distributes the funds raised to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations. 

The event begins on Saturday, Sept. 7 with an inspirational opening ceremony at Chase Palm Park Soccer Field. Walkers will begin their journey of up to 26.2 miles on Saturday through the Santa Barbara area, supported by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by family, friends and supporters along the route. Participants will spend the night at the Walk’s “Wellness Village“ at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers, hot meals, entertainment, volunteer medical services, as well as leisure activities such as yoga and a spa zone with mini back and foot massages. 

On Sunday, Sept. 8, after completing the Avon Walk’s final 13.1 miles – for a total of up to 39.3 miles over the course of the weekend – participants will join family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a closing ceremony at Carpinteria State Beach. At the ceremony, the Avon Foundation will award new grants to Southern California breast cancer organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community. 

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded more than $39.6 million to breast cancer organizations and institutions in Southern California, including UCLA-Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Susan Love’s Research Foundation, John Wayne Cancer Institute and the University of Southern California.

So far this year, more than 7,000 women and men have participated in Avon Walks in Houston, Washington, Boston and Chicago, raising nearly $16 million to fund leading cancer centers, research institutions and community-based organizations in the Walk regions, as well as hundreds of additional grants to breast cancer research and access programs across the country. Remaining 2013 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events also include:  San Francisco (Sept. 28-29), New York City (Oct. 19-20) and Charlotte (Oct. 26-27).

The Avon Walk will return to Santa Barbara next year on Sept. 6-7, 2014. The complete 2014 Avon Walk season schedule also includes: Houston (April 12-13); Washington (May 3-4); Boston (May 17-18); Chicago (May 31-June 1); San Francisco (July 12-13); New York (Oct. 18-19); and Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 25-26). 

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

About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series 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 nearly $488 million through the dedication of more than 187,000 participating women and men from across the country, including thousands of Avon Associates and Representatives. The Avon Foundation awards the funds raised to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations to support breast cancer education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment and support services, and research. The Walks take place in eight cities, covering 39.3 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 Avon launched the Crusade in 1992, Avon breast cancer programs in 58 countries have donated more than $780 million for research and advancing access to care. Visit www.avonwalk.org for more information.

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 2012, Avon global philanthropy, led by the Avon Foundation, has donated more than $910 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. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.

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REMEMBER, EARLY DETECTION HELPS SAVE LIVES.  Get a mammogram.  Know your breasts and report any changes to your doctor.  Talk to your doctor about your risk.  And encourage women around you to do the same.  Don't forget, men can get breast cancer, too.  

For breast cancer information and resources, visit avonfoundation.org.  

The Avon Walk thanks National Sponsors: Reebok, OtterBox and ORION Trading

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