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More than 1,000 Women and Men conquered 39.3-miles to CRUSH BREAST CANCER
Houston, TX, April 24, 2016 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicked off its 14th annual event series in Houston this weekend raising $2.2 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.
Our 10 member Team, RACK ATTACK, participated for our fourth consecutive year. We raised $19,694.50 for 2016 with a grand total of $53,576.70.
AVON 39 Houston – the first of seven events across the country united by the theme #Powerof39 – drew more than 1,000 participants from 35 states and Washington, D.C., including 143 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days. Since the AVON 39’s 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.
“The spirit and camaraderie of the city of Houston shined bright this weekend despite a week of severe weather,” said Jill Surdyka, AVON 39 National Ambassador. “This weekend, more than 1,000 AVON 39ers united in Houston with one common goal: to end breast cancer. The grants given today will help us do just that – and will help us to further our goal in providing services to those in need, educating the public, and crushing breast cancer once and for all.”
Representatives from the six Texas organizations receiving grants on stage at the AVON 39 closing ceremony 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 Foundation received a $50,000 grant that will allow patient advocates to attend the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world’s largest breast cancer conference, where they will receive advanced training and share best practices.
- Avon Breast Health Outreach Program received $227,000 to provide assistance to community groups in Houston, El Paso, Beaumont, San Antonio, and Lubbock for community outreach, patient navigation and mammography screenings.
- Baylor College of Medicine the AVON 39 medical sponsor, received $100,000 to increase access to state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment for women in Houston, including genetic testing for women with a family history of breast cancer.
- The Methodist Hospital Foundation received a $100,000 grant to assist 2,000 underserved, at-risk breast cancer patients at the Denver Harbor Clinic.
- The Rose received a $100,000 grant to provide patient navigation services and low-or-no cost breast cancer surgical and diagnostic procedures to women living in rural areas of Southeast Texas.
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center received a $236,000 grant to research drugs that tackle inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer, and a $100,000 grant to support Breast Cancer Nurse Navigators at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston.