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More than 1,250 Women and Men conquered 39.3-miles to CRUSH BREAST CANCER
Houston, TX, April 26, 2015 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, raised $2.7 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. AVON 39 HOUSTON drew more than 1,250 participants from 40, including 145 breast cancer survivors and 258 men united with one common goal: to end breast cancer. The grants given will help further the goal in providing services to those in need, educating the public, and crushing breast cancer once and for all.
Our Team RACK ATTACK participated for their third consecutive year. We raised a total of $15,155.60 with a three year total of $33,882.20. We had an eight member team and we all worked very hard with spectacular fundraising achievements and a solid commitment to ending breast cancer. We appreciate all of the support from our friends, family and customers of The St. James.
Representatives from five Texas organizations received grants at the AVON 39 closing ceremony. 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.
All of the money we raise through AVON 39 goes to fund important research and community programs both locally and nationally. The funds are managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those who most need it. The money is used to fund educational programs & accelerate research into new treatments. We are all walking for different reasons but we are all there for one UNITED CAUSE to help fund research to end breast cancer and provide medical care for those who can’t afford it. We are determined to do everything we can to help raise awareness and money to put an end to this terrible affliction. All local money raised stays right here in TEXAS. For example:
Baylor College of Medicine the AVON 39 medical sponsor, received $325,000 to research the mechanics of how breast cancer spreads and ways to stop it, and to support the Pink 4 Life program that provides breast care services to more than 4,500 economically disadvantaged patients in Houston and Harris County.
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received a $300,000 grant to support research attempting to understand what cells give rise to cancerous tumors and how to destroy them.
The Sister’s Network, the only national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization in the country. They received a $25,000 grant to provide scholarships for breast cancer survivors to attend one of ten 2014 African-American Breast Cancer Conferences, educating women in Houston and around the country.
Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation received a $50,000 grant, which will pay for survivors and advocates to attend the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and to publish the new findings announced at this essential symposium, making them available to scientists, advocates and survivors across the country.
The Breast Health Collaborative of Texas received a $50,000 grant to improve care coordination for low-income and uninsured women in Houston.
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute received a $100,000 grant to assist 2,500 underserved breast cancer patients at the Denver Harbor Clinic.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center received a $100,000 grant to support Breast Cancer Nurse Navigators at Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston.