HOUSTON, April 23, 2017 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicked off its 15th annual event series in Houston this weekend raising $1.7 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.
AVON 39 Houston – the first of seven events across the country united by the theme #FierceIsForever– drew more than 770 participants from 29 states and Washington, D.C., including 129 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days. Since the AVON 39’s launch in 2003, more than 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000. Funds raised are distributed to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations.
“Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been committed to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations,” said Jill Surdyka, AVON 39 National Ambassador. “The $1.7 million raised this weekend will allow us to continue this important work with our beneficiaries in the Houston area and across the nation, with the hope that one day we will obliterate breast cancer once and for all.”
Kera Nichols, a four-time AVON 39er and Avon Representative earned her 39 this weekend in Houston. “I’ve always been passionate about breast cancer awareness because I have so many family and friends who have been affected by it,’” said Kera. “When I learned that Avon, a company that I represent, supported raising money for breast cancer, I knew I needed to get involved. I am so honored to be a part of this event and to be able to make a difference in my community and across the country.”
At the event, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade announced seven new grants to local breast cancer organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the local community. Additional grants will be awarded throughout the year, adding to the more than $18.1 million donated by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and Avon Foundation for Women to organizations and institutions in Texas.
Representatives from the seven organizations receiving grants at the AVON 39 Houston thanked participants for their commitment to ending breast cancer and for their spectacular fundraising achievements. All Avon Safety Net and Breast Cancer Outreach Program grantees commit to providing their services to everyone – no matter their insurance status, demographic background or ability to pay.
- Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation received a grant to help those living with breast cancer access the latest developments in scientific research and support 30 patient advocates as they attend a major oncology conference in Texas this December.
- Methodist Hospital Foundation received a grant to help provide breast health education, screening and follow up diagnostic services for more than 2,000 underserved women in the Houston area.
- Baylor College of Medicine, the official AVON 39 Houston Medical sponsor, received a grant to increase access to treatment and care, including support for genetic testing and information about clinical trials through their patient navigation program at Ben Taub Hospital and the Smith Clinic.
- The Rose received a grant to continue providing vital screening and support services to more than 2,000 individuals and ensure access to timely, affordable and accessible treatment for at least 320 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients living in rural areas of Texas.
- University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center received a grant to help nurses and the care team at LBJ Hospital guide more than 125 women through the complex health care system upon receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Methodist Hospital Research Institute received a research grant to understand and address how cancer cells spread from the breast and travel through the body, leading to metastatic disease specifically in the brain.
- Asian American Health Coalition of Greater Houston received a grant on behalf of Avon’s Breast Health Outreach Program to support organizations like the Hope Clinic that will help women learn about the importance of screening, access mammography and get needed follow up care and treatment.
“As the company for women, we are proud of our strong purpose-driven mission to improve the lives of women – and this includes our long-term commitment to the fight against breast cancer. I’ve had the great privilege of participating in the AVON 39 Walk and being a part of the powerful community of walkers. I’m inspired by the individuals whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and who have their own personal reason for wanting to take part and make a difference,” says Scott White, Chief Executive Officer, New Avon LLC.
AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Houston began on Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Stude Park. Participants then walked 24.5 miles through the Houston area, supported by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. AVON 39 participants spent Saturday night at Quillian Center featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment by The Generations Band and DJ Moni and leisure activities, as well as volunteer medical services provided by AVON 39 Medical Baylor College of Medicine. A “Fierce Finish” celebration welcomed in the final walkers of Day 1 and officially completed the route.
On Sunday, April 23, after completing the final 14.8 miles, participants joined family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a finish festival with entertainment by the band Breakfast at Tiffany’s and closing ceremony, which started at 2:30 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awarded new grants to Houston area breast cancer organizations to ensure the funds raised will benefit the community immediately.
Get Involved with AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer
Registration is open for 2017 events, including Washington DC (May 6-7); Chicago (June 3-4); Boston (June 24-25); San Francisco (July 8-9); Santa Barbara (September 9-10); and New York (October 14-15).
About AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer
AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer is the largest fundraising event for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Since its launch by the Avon Foundation for Women in 2003, more than 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000 in the fight to end breast cancer. Funds raised at each event provide direct impact in the area where the event takes place, and also help make sure that care and research programs nationwide have adequate resources to make the most progress possible. For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #FierceIsForever conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark., and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Together, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avon.com.
KNOW YOUR RISKS. KNOW YOUR BODY. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.
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.
AVON 39 Thanks Title Sponsor Avon,
National Sponsor Reebok, Official Sponsor PLS Financial Services
and Medical Sponsor Baylor College of Medicine.
AVON 39 also thanks Supplier Sponsor Tiger Balm,
Coffee Sponsor Don Francisco’s Coffee and Breakfast Sponsor Panera Bread.