) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the weekend. The event kicked off Saturday, September 12th, with an early morning Opening Ceremony in Queen Mary Events Park. Following the Ceremony, walkers began their journey, traveling through the greater San Francisco Bay Area and concluding at the Avon Walk "Wellness Village" at El Dorado East Regional Park, a "tent city" complete with two-person tents, hot showers, prepared meals, entertainment, and recreational activities such as the Spa Zone, yoga, and new this year, Tomboy Tools' "Tool School 101" demonstrations. On Sunday, September 13th, walkers completed another 13.1 miles together, ending back in Queen Mary Events Park, where they were greeted by thousands of family and friends who shared in a celebratory and moving Closing Ceremony, including the awarding of new grants.
To participate in the Avon Walk Los Angeles, each walker raised a minimum of $1,800 in donations. Funds raised are managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation for Women [a 501(c)(3) public charity] and 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 Los Angeles, and registration is still open for women and men to take part in the remaining Avon Walks of 2009: New York, NY (October 10-11); and Charlotte, NC (October 24-25) and all walks in 2010.
To register, donate or for additional information, please visit www.avonwalk.org or call 800-541-WALK. For information on the Avon Foundation visit www.avonfoundation.org
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