More than 1,600 AVON 39ers conquered 39.3-miles to take down breast cancer
SANTA BARBARA, September 10, 2017 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer continued its 15th annual event series in Santa Barbara this weekend raising $4.1 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.
AVON 39 Santa Barbara – the sixth of seven events across the country united by the theme #FierceIsForever – drew more than 1,600 participants from 41 states and Washington, DC, including 248 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days. Since 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 $4.1 million raised this weekend will allow us to continue this important work with our beneficiaries in the Santa Barbara area and across the nation, with the hope that one day we will obliterate breast cancer once and for all.”
Lynn Stahler, a 13-time AVON 39er and Avon Representative, earned her 39 this weekend in Santa Barbara. “I like to lead by example. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 51st birthday and this week I celebrate my 64th birthday and 13th walk,” says Lynn. “I walk because I, with every walker, volunteer, crew and staff member, continue to make a difference. I walk because I can.”
At the event, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade announced eight 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 $44.8 million donated by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and Avon Foundation for Women to organizations and institutions in Southern California.
Representatives from the eight organizations receiving grants at AVON 39 Santa Barbara 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.
- French Hospital Medical Center Foundation received a grant to continue and expand their patient navigation services to reach 300 underserved breast cancer patients in San Luis Obispo County. The grant will also help support their eight free mammography-screening clinics for low-income and uninsured women in the area.
- City of Hope received a grant to help underserved breast cancer patients in the rural Antelope Valley overcome barriers to getting the treatment they need. This includes help with transportation to the clinic and financial counseling for uninsured women.
- San Antonio Regional Hospital received a grant to continue their Women Caring for Women program, dedicated to assisting Latina women under the age of 40 and living in poverty. This year, 75 new breast cancer patients will be provided with patient navigation to address barriers to care and receive professional guidance in coordination, execution, and evaluation of their treatment plans.
- Ridley-Tree Cancer Center received a grant so that 650 underserved breast cancer patients in the Santa Barbara community will receive the guidance, support and tools necessary to make informed decisions about their diagnosis and treatment. They will also continue providing education regarding prevention, hereditary risks, detection methods and nutrition for patients and their families.
- Northridge Hospital Foundation received a grant to continue their patient navigation program in the San Fernando Valley. This year, more than 14,000 uninsured women will receive no-cost mammograms and nearly 1,700 patients will receive diagnostic services to learn if they have breast cancer.
- Project Angel Food received a grant to support their ongoing meal delivery and nutritional counseling services throughout all of Los Angeles County. With this grant, Project Angel Food will prepare and deliver more than 50,000 medically tailored meals and nutrition services to the households of breast cancer patients and serve 180 patients homebound by their cancer diagnosis.
- YWCA of North Orange County received a grant on behalf of Avon’s Breast Health Outreach Programs of Southern California to help women living in underserved communities learn the importance of breast health screening, access mammography services and receive any needed follow up care and treatment.
- University of California at Los Angeles, home of the Avon Center of Excellence,received a grant to support the Avon Cares for Life program at UCLA-Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Olive View Medical Center and its community clinics. This program will provide on-site patient navigation, survivorship support and linkage to the high-risk clinic and clinical trials research for underserved women in Los Angeles.
“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 Santa Barbara began on Saturday, September 9 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Chase Palm Park. Participants then walked 26.2 miles through the Santa Barbara area, supported by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. AVON 39 participants spent Saturday night at Basecamp 39 at Bella Vista Ranch and Polo Club, 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 Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.
On Sunday, September 10, after completing the final 13.1 miles, participants joined family and friends at Carpinteria State Beach to celebrate their achievement at a finish festival with entertainment and closing ceremony, which started at 2:00 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awarded new grants to Southern California-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 the final event of the 2017 season in New York (October 14-15). Registration is also open for 2018 events in Houston (April 21-22); Washington DC (May 5-6); Chicago (June 9-10); Boston (June 23-24) and San Francisco (July 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.
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AVON 39 Thanks Title Sponsor Avon,
National Sponsor Reebok, Official Sponsor PLS Financial Services,
Local Sponsor Tiger Balm and Medical Sponsor Ridley-Tree Cancer Center.
AVON 39 also thanks Coffee Sponsor Don Francisco’s Coffee