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Reese Witherspoon Helps Celebrate Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Washington, D.C. - Weekend-Long Event Raises $8.1 Million
Date:5/4/2008

o the excited walkers. She then made a special visit at the final rest stop of the day, joining walkers for the final stretch of the route.

During the Closing Ceremony, which took place at City Center Events Plaza, Reese and Carol Kurzig, Executive Director of the Avon Foundation, announced a total of $5,005,000 in initial grants awarded to organizations in the greater metro area, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community. More grants are slated to be awarded throughout the year to breast cancer programs nationwide.

In addition to Reese and Carol, three walkers who are breast cancer survivors also took part in the Closing Ceremony: Debby Stewart, Deneise Little and Gerie Voss, all from Washington, D.C. All three shared their moving stories of triumph over breast cancer and provided inspiration to the thousands of people present. Gerie drew both tears and laughter when she noted that she had cheered herself up the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer by watching Reese in Legally Blonde.

"We are delighted with the success of the Avon Walk D.C. and with the funds we are able to return to the community, and we are especially thrilled that Reese joined us to make the event so memorable," said Carol Kurzig. "During the past year, Reese has been a champion for the Avon Foundation's commitment to women, and now she has lent her support to our Avon Walk participants in DC. We are excited that Reese has been able to meet in person the dedicated women and men who are raising funds, and the researchers and organizations that are using those funds to save lives."
The initial grants awarded at the Closing Ceremony include:

* The Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (Baltimore, MD)

received continued funding in the amount of $1,490,000 to support

the network of 14 universities and hospitals that can collectively

conduct clinical trials more rapidly than a single institut
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