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Fifth Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Los Angeles Raises $4.3 Million
Date:9/16/2007

LOCAL BREAST CANCER ORGANIZATIONS REAP THE BENEFITS, AND UCLA JONSSON

CANCER CENTER NAMED AVON FOUNDATION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,900 participants in this weekend's fifth annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Los Angeles raised $4.3 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. At today's Closing Ceremony at Queen Mary Events Park, Avon Foundation Executive Director Carol Kurzig announced five initial grants, with millions more slated to be awarded throughout the year. The initial grants to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer were awarded to:

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UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) will receive $1,168,137 for research, fellowships, equipment and access to care. With this grant, UCLA Jonsson becomes one of the eight current named Avon Foundation Centers of Excellence across the country.

John Wayne Cancer Institute and the Center for Healthy Aging (Santa Monica, CA) will receive $275,000.

Council of Community Clinics (San Diego, CA) will receive $250,000.

Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero (Los Angeles, CA) will receive $180,000.

Project Angel Food (Los Angeles, CA) will receive $100,000.

About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

During the Avon Walk Los Angeles, walkers had a choice of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the weekend. The event kicked off early in the morning of Saturday, September 15, with an inspiring Opening Ceremony at Queen Mary Events Park, which included an immediate reminder of the impact of breast cancer through the remarks of three-time breast cancer survivor Shonte Henderson, 40, of Belleflower, Calif.

"I hope that the people of Southern California who saw us walking this weekend will
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