Avon 39 : Join PIX11 At The Starting Line
AVON 39 has me so excited, I do hope you will join me. At the beginning of the year, 2016, I went to Brooklyn to shoot this promo for the AVON 39 Walk To End Breast Cancer. I am so inspired by the power of women and men who come out to walk. Please join me at the starting line in October. It’s time to crush cancer. I will be covering it all for PIX11.com
AVON 39 is The Walk to End Breast Cancer. It isn’t easy, but that’s what makes it worth it. As you train to strengthen your body, as you raise funds to crush breast cancer, as you walk farther than you ever thought you could – you’ll discover you have the power of 39.
You’ve never seen New York City like this before. Through Manhattan and back again you’ll conquer the Upper West and East Sides, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chinatown with views of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall. You’ll even cross the legendary Brooklyn Bridge on your way to the finish line.
AVON 39ers have banded together since 2003 in solidarity with one goal: to take breast cancer down.
207,000 39ers got off the couch, strapped on their shoes, and earned their 39.
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AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, formerly known as the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, concluded this weekend in New York. Ending the 13th season on a high note, participants raised $8.7 million to accelerate breast cancer research, improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment, and educate people about breast cancer. To date, the series has raised nearly $590 million through the dedication of 222,000 participating women and men from across the country, including thousands of Avon Associates and Representatives.
AVON 39 New York – the last of seven events across the country to unveil the new theme #Powerof39 – drew more than 3,500 participants from 48 states and Washington, D.C., including 498 breast cancer survivors and 462 men.
“As this year’s AVON 39 series comes to a close in New York, we couldn’t be more grateful for all 3,500 39ers that united together throughout this memorable weekend with one common goal: to eliminate breast cancer,” said Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products. “The grants distributed today will help us do just that. I’m honored to have the opportunity to give them to the doctors, researchers and other medical professionals who will use these funds to help change and save lives. We thank each and every one of you, as your 39 has helped make this possible!”
New York AVON 39er, Karen Rosen of Florham Park, N.J., shared her moving story and battle with breast cancer to fellow participants, volunteers, family and friends. “Healing can come from the most unexpected places. The first time I learned this was when my mom died from breast cancer at age 47. Fast forward 20 years, I became a new mother and received my devastating diagnosis. Soon after, I decided to undergo a bi-lateral mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy and radiation. AVON 39 has been a huge part of my healing process. Our team, Moms Moving Mountains, celebrates our accomplishments and mourns our losses. Each of us earning our 39 this weekend will help save lives. I’m one of the many here today, almost 30 years after my mom couldn’t beat breast cancer, fortunate enough to be called a survivor, and I am determined to continue that fight.”
Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, announced 11 new grants to local breast cancer organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the local community. Additional grants will be awarded throughout the year, adding to the more than $61.6 million donated by the Avon Foundation for Women to organizations and institutions in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York since 2001.
Representatives from each New York organization received grants on stage at the AVON 39 closing ceremony. They 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.
• Avon Breast Health Outreach Program received $3 million to provide assistance to 60 community-based groups across the country for community outreach, patient navigation and mammography screening.
• CancerCare received a $650,000 grant to support the AvonCares program, which has provided direct financial assistance to more than 80,000 low-income breast cancer patients in 50 states since 2000.
• Foundation of St. Mary’s Healthcare at Amsterdam received $100,000 to purchase equipment for a breast health center serving Mohawk Valley, N.Y.
• God’s Love We Deliver received $150,000 to provide 75,000 meals to more than 300 underserved breast cancer clients and their families.
• Metropolitan Hospital Center received $100,000 to provide thousands of low-income women on the east side of Manhattan with breast health education, access to screening and diagnostics, and improved breast cancer care.
• Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care and Albert Einstein College of Medicine received two grants totaling $400,000 to continue its B-BOLD Buddy Patient Navigation Program linking women in the Bronx and New York City to screening and treatment, and to facilitate a metastasis research project.
• New York Presbyterian – Columbia University Medical Center, home of an Avon Breast Cancer Center of Excellence and the AVON 39 NY medical sponsor, received a $500,000 grant to support state-of-the art care for thousands of underserved women at the Avon Breast Imaging Center. Funds will also support breast cancer research at Avon Foundation Research Laboratories at Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.
• New York School of Medicine received $200,000 to support its navigation program for underserved breast cancer patients treated at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Cancer Institute.
• Northern Westchester Hospital received $75,000 to provide free, comprehensive breast health services to more than 500 underserved women in Westchester, Putnam and Southern Dutchess Counties in New York.
• St. John’s Riverside Hospital received $75,000 to provide patient navigation and survivorship programs to medically underserved women in Yonkers.