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Both men and women conquered 39.3 miles to crush breast cancer
HOUSTON, April 23, 2017 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicked off its 15th annual event series in Houston raising $1.7 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.
Our12 member team, RACK ATTACK, participated for our fifth consecutive year. We had our best year coming in 3rd place in the city of Houston by raising a total of $27,370.00 for 2017 with a five year grand total of $80,946.70. We truly appreciate the financial support of our customers, friends and family. Because of your love and support we were able to exceed all of our expectations for this year. Also, A very special THANK YOU to P & J for your overwhelming generosity
The Houston walk was the first of seven events across the country united by the theme #FierceIsForever. The Houston event included 129 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days. Since the 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.
Representatives from the seven organizations receiving grants at the AVON 39 Houston 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.
- Alamo Breast Cancer Foundationreceived a grant to help those living with breast cancer access the latest developments in scientific research and support 30 patient advocates as they attend a major oncology conference in Texas this December.
- Methodist Hospital Foundationreceived a grant to help provide breast health education, screening and follow up diagnostic services for more than 2,000 underserved women in the Houston area.
- Baylor College of Medicine, the official AVON 39 Houston Medical sponsor, received a grant to increase access to treatment and care, including support for genetic testing and information about clinical trials through their patient navigation program at Ben Taub Hospital and the Smith Clinic.
- The Rosereceived a grant to continue providing vital screening and support services to more than 2,000 individuals and ensure access to timely, affordable and accessible treatment for at least 320 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients living in rural areas of Texas.
- University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center received a grant to help nurses and the care team at LBJ Hospital guide more than 125 women through the complex health care system upon receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Methodist Hospital Research Institute received a research grant to understand and address how cancer cells spread from the breast and travel through the body, leading to metastatic disease specifically in the brain.
- Asian American Health Coalition of Greater Houstonreceived a grant on behalf of Avon’s Breast Health Outreach Program to support organizations like the Hope Clinic that will help women learn about the importance of screening, access mammography and get needed follow up care and treatment.