Chicago, May 16, 2016 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicks off its third event of the season in Chicago June 4-5. The nationwide event series is in its 14th season and continues with its 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 Chicago – the third 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 Chicago drew more than 2,200 participants from 43 states and Washington, D.C., including 296 breast cancer survivors who raised $5 million to advance access to breast health care. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and the Avon Foundation for Women have awarded nearly $63 million to organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, including Northwestern Medicine, Sinai Health System, and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
About the AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Chicago
AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Chicago will begin on Saturday, June 4 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Soldier Field. AVON 39 participants will then begin their challenge of 26.2 miles throughout Chicago, assisted by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. Participants will spend Saturday night at Basecamp 39 at Horner Park, 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 Northwestern Medicine.
On Sunday, June 5, after completing the final 13.1 miles, participants will join family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a closing ceremony at 2:00 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade will award new grants to Chicago-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:
The 2016 season is open for registration and events will also take place in Boston (July 9-10); San Francisco (July 23-24); Santa Barbara (September 10-11); and New York (October 15-16).
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.