Four Ways to Get Involved During Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Avon Foundation for Women Continues its Fight Against Breast Cancer

As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches each October, we are all reminded of why we need to continue the fight against breast cancer. People may question how they, one person, can make a lasting impact in the lives of those fighting the disease. The Avon Foundation for Women offers a few simple ways to get involved:  

1. Get Active and Walk in an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

The healthiest way to get involved this October BCA month is to get active! Get fit for the cause by joining the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which celebrates its 11th season this year. Join us at the two remaining 2013 walks in New York (October 20-21) and Charlotte (October 27-28).  Avon Products, Inc., CEO Sheri McCoy will walk with her family in New York City. It’s never too early to register for one of the eight 2014 Avon Walks for Breast Cancer. To register, donate or learn more, visit avonwalk.org or call 1-888-541-WALK.

2. Learn About Early Detection and Reduce Your Risk 

Experts recommend that women get to know their bodies by conducting a breast self exam or by participating in a screening test, as both can help detect cancer in its early stages. It’s important to report any breast changes to your medical provider right away and talk to your doctor about your risk of breast cancer. Learn about early detection, screening, health tips and more by visiting the Avon Foundation’s website.

3. Shop for the Cure with Avon Pink Products

Why not shop guilt-free this October? The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s pink ribbon fundraising products donate 100% of net proceeds to the breast cancer cause. The latest addition is the Love Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Necklace available on Avon.com. The affordable pink ribbon collection features everything from jewelry, watches (a Fergie favorite) and even a pink holiday ornament.  

4. Join the Avon/NCI/CAI Business Plan and Start-up Contest

If you are a business, legal, medical/scientific, engineering and computer science student or an entrepreneur, listen up! The Avon Foundation for Women has partnered with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and The Center for Advancing Innovation to issue the first of its kind challenge in venture philanthropy. Designed to market emerging technologies for breast cancer inventions, the Start-up Challenge will offer teams of business, legal, medical/scientific, engineering and computer science students, as well as seasoned entrepreneurs around the world, the chance to win $5,000 and start-up funding which could range from $100K to over $1MM for the development of new breast cancer therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics and prognostics, all from the NCI intramural program and Avon Foundation-funded university labs.

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Avon Breast Cancer Crusade 

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which launched in 1992 and is led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer; today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally. Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have donated more than $780 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Avon awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. The Crusade has enabled more than 17 million women globally to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings, educated more than 100 million women about breast cancer, and funded promising research into the causes of breast cancer and ways to prevent the disease. The Avon Foundation raises funds for the Crusade through the sale of Avon “Pink Ribbon” products, and through events such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Avon Foundation’s largest fund-raising event. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.