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Fifth Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York Raises $10.2 Million

Largest-Ever Avon Walk Includes Women and Men From 46 States and 7


NEW YORK, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 3,900 participants in this weekend's fifth annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York raised $10.2 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. At today's Closing Ceremony at Hudson River Park's Pier 84, Avon Foundation Executive Director Carol Kurzig announced ten initial grants, with millions more slated to be awarded throughout the year. The initial grants are:

-- Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund (New York, NY) will receive


-- Cancer Care (New York, NY) will receive $1,235,000.

-- New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center -

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (New York, NY) will receive


-- New York University Cancer Institute-Bellevue Hospital Center (New

York, NY) will receive $500,000.

-- God's Love We Deliver (New York, NY) will receive $250,000.

-- Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center -- NYCHHC (Bronx, NY) will

receive $250,000.

-- Metropolitan Hospital Center (New York, NY) will receive $250,000.

-- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation (Newark, NJ) will receive


-- Brookdale Hospital Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) will receive $175,000.

-- Young Survival Coalition (New York, NY) will receive $100,000.

About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

During the Avon Walk New York 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, October 6, with an inspiring Opening Ceremony at Hudson River Park's Pier 84, which included an immediate reminder of the impact of breast cancer through the remarks of breast cancer survivor Cara Kealy, 38, of Mount Vernon, NY. Kealy battled breast cancer for the first time at age 30, and was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer eight years later. She said this weekend's walkers provided her with strength and inspiration.

"Stage IV is no longer the death sentence it used to be. I have treatments, and I have hope," Kealy said, "This weekend serves as a message of hope to everyone who sees us."

Following the Opening Ceremony, walkers began their journey and were supported by a volunteer crew every step of the way, buoyed by cheering stations of friends, family, supporters and local residents.

Avon Walk New York participants came from states throughout the US and as far away as Turkey, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain and Iceland. Iceland's team, "Walk Together," included 23 members who raised over $42,000. In addition, breast cancer survivors from nearly 50 countries manned a cheering station in support of the walkers and crew.

After completing the first day of walking, encompassing either a marathon or half marathon, participants spent Saturday night in two-person tents in the Avon Walk "Wellness Village" at Mackay Park in Englewood, NJ, complete with hot showers, prepared meals and live entertainment. On Sunday, October 7, walkers completed another half marathon (13.1 miles), ending back at Hudson River Park Pier 84 where they were greeted by thousands of family and friends who shared in a celebratory and moving Closing Ceremony.

To participate in the Avon Walk New York, each walker raised a minimum of $1,800 in donations, which is managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation [a 501(c)(3) public charity]. Funds raised by participants of the Avon Walks are awarded to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations to support five areas of the breast cancer cause, including awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research, all with a focus on the medically underserved.

Donations are still being accepted for the Avon Walk New York and registration is open for the Avon Walk Charlotte, NC, October 20-21, and for the upcoming 2008 series. Already completed are the 2007 Avon Walks for Breast Cancer Washington, DC; Boston; Chicago; Denver; San Francisco and Los Angeles.

From 2003 through 2006, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series raised more than $150 million. To register, donate or for additional information, please visit or call 800-510-WALK.

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer thanks National Sponsor: Prevention Magazine; Official Sponsors: Airplus for her, Genentech BioOncology, Novartis Oncology and Reebok; and Official Water: FIJI.

Remember: early detection can help save lives. Schedule your mammogram or clinical breast exam today. For more breast cancer information and resources, visit (keyword breast cancer) or, where you can access free printable breast cancer informational literature.

SOURCE Avon Foundation
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