New York, August 23, 2016 AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicks off its last event of the season in New York October 15-16, culminating its 14th season with a steadfast commitment to help access to care and provide research into prevention and a cure for breast cancer. United by the theme #Powerof39, the event series emphasizes action, inspiration, and a fierce resolve to challenge the status quo by walking 39.3 miles in two days.

AVON 39 New York – the last of seven walks across the country – celebrates the strength and philanthropic commitment of participants who raise $1,800 to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. Since the series’ launch in 2003, more than 220,000 participants have raised nearly $590,000,000. Funds raised are distributed to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations.

Last year’s AVON 39 New York drew more than 3,500 participants from 48 states and Washington, D.C., including 498 breast cancer survivors, who raised $8.7 million to advance access to breast health care. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and the Avon Foundation for Women have awarded more than $64.3 million to organizations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital Center.

About the AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer New York

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer New York will begin on Saturday, October 15 at 6:15 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Hudson River Park’s Pier 97. AVON 39 participants will then begin their challenge of 26.2 miles throughout New York, assisted by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. Participants will spend Saturday night at Basecamp 39 at Randall’s Island, featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment and leisure activities, as well as volunteer medical services provided by AVON 39 Medical Sponsor NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

On Sunday, October 16, after completing the final 13.1 miles, participants will join family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a closing ceremony back at Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 at 2:00 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade will award new grants to New York area breast cancer organizations to ensure the funds raised will benefit the community immediately.

How to Register for AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer: Registration is still open for Santa Barbara (September 10-11) and for the 2017 walks, including Houston (April 22-23), Washington DC (May 6-7); Chicago (June 3-4); Boston (June 24-25); and San Francisco (July 8-9).

For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #Powerof39 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer is the largest fund-raising event for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Since its launch by the Avon Foundation for Women in 2003, more than 220,000 participants have trekked 6,868,000 miles and raised nearly $590,000,000 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 #Powerof39 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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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 National Sponsor Reebok, Official Sponsors PLS Financial Services, Tiger Balm, Del Monte Fruit Refreshers and Medtronic

Coffee Sponsor Don Francisco’s Coffee, and Medical Sponsor NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital