HOUSTON, February 7, 2017 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicks off the first of seven events of its 15th season in Houston April 22-23 with a steadfast commitment to help power more breast cancer research, more screenings and more survivors. The participants all have a fierce resolve to do something big and make an impact in the communities they live by fundraising and walking 39.3 miles in two days. United by the theme #FierceIsForever, the event series emphasizes action and inspiration.
AVON 39 Houston – first 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 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000. Funds raised are distributed by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations with the goal of improving breast cancer outcomes and reducing disparities in survival rates.
Last year’s AVON 39 Houston drew more than 1,000 participants from 35 states and Washington, D.C., including 143 breast cancer survivors, who raised $2.2 million to advance access to breast health care. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and the Avon Foundation for Women have awarded more than $18.1 million to organizations in Texas including Lydon B. Johnson Hospital, The Rose and Ben Taub Hospital.
Details About AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Houston
AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Houston will begin on Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Stude Park. AVON 39 participants will then begin their challenge of 24.5 miles throughout Houston, assisted by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. Participants will spend Saturday night at Basecamp 39 at Quillian Center, 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 Baylor College of Medicine.
On Sunday, April 23, after completing the final 14.8 miles, participants will join family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a closing ceremony back at Stude Park at 2:30 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade will award new grants to Texas 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 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 Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.
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 Sponsor PLS Financial Services and Medical Sponsor Baylor College of Medicine.