The Avon Walk series, which is midway through its 11th season, raises funds to advance access to quality breast health care for all and to fund research into the prevention and causes of breast cancer and ultimately, to find a cure.
The 2014 Avon Walk season is open for registration and will take place in Houston (April 12-13); Washington (May 3-4); Boston (May 17-18); Chicago (May 31-June 1); San Francisco (July 12-13); Santa Barbara, Calif. (September 6-7); New York (October 18-19); and Charlotte, N.C. (October 25-26). Registration is also open for the remaining 2013 Avon Walks in Santa Barbara, Calif. (September 7-8); San Francisco (September 28-29); New York (October 19-20); and Charlotte, N.C. (October 26-27).
At the midpoint of its 2013 Avon Walk season, more than 7,000 women and men have participated in Avon Walks in Houston, Washington, Boston and Chicago, raising nearly $16 million to fund leading cancer centers, research institutions and community-based organizations in the Walk regions, as well as hundreds of additional grants to breast cancer research and access programs across the country.
Since 2003, more than 187,000 Avon Walk participants have collectively walked more than 6.2 million miles a total of more than 247 times around the globe. All of that walking and fund-raising has helped the Avon Foundation support more than 3 million mammograms in the United States and award more than 2,300 grants for breast cancer research, clinical care and support services.
The Avon Walk series, the Avon Foundations largest fund-raising event, consists of eight non-competitive weekend fund-raising walks for all fitness levels, which run from April through October. Each walker raises at least $1,800 in donations and trains physically for the event, which offers the option of walking up to a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over a weekend. The Avon Walkers so far in 2013 include nearly 1,000 breast cancer survivors united by their shared desire to eradicate breast cancer and help those touched by the disease.
Often described by participants as a life-changing weekend, the Avon Walk weekend kicks off with an inspiring opening ceremony on Saturdaymorning, followed by walking up to a marathon. Participants spend the night at the Avon Walk Wellness Village, a tent city with two-person pink tents, hot showers, hot meals, entertainment, and activities. On Sunday, walkers complete the final 13.1-mile leg of their journey, followed by an inspiring closing ceremony and the presentation of grants to leading breast cancer care and research organizations.
For a complete list of Avon Foundation funding, visit www.avonfoundation.org/grants.
To register for a 2014 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit www.avonwalk.org/about/future-events.html or call 888-541-WALK.
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