AVON 39 the Walk to End Breast Cancer Raises $3.1 Million in Chicago

CHICAGO, June 4, 2017 AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer continued its 15th annual event series in Chicago this weekend raising $3.1 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.

AVON 39 Chicago – the third of seven events across the country united by the theme #FierceIsForever– drew more than 1,450 participants from 42 states and Washington, DC, including 241 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days. Since the AVON 39’s launch in 2003, more than 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000. Funds raised are distributed to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations.

“Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been committed to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations,” said Jill Surdyka, AVON 39 National Ambassador. “The $3.1 million raised this weekend will allow us to continue this important work with our beneficiaries in the Chicago area and across the nation, with the hope that one day we will obliterate breast cancer once and for all.”

Sejal Patel, a first-time AVON 39er and Avon Representative, earned her 39 this weekend in Chicago. “Last year, my 80-year-old aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer,” says Sejal. “Her courage to fight the disease gave me the strength to participate in this event for the first time. As women, it’s important we take care of not only our bodies, but ourselves. That is why I am honored to be a part of this organization whose mission is to improve women’s lives.”

At the event, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade announced eight 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 $62.4 million donated by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and Avon Foundation for Women to organizations and institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Representatives from the eight organizations receiving grants at AVON 39 Chicago 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.

  • The University of Illinois Health System/University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine received a grant to create a patient navigation program to help women receive breast cancer treatment. A social worker will support patients and help address barriers to care, including transportation.
  • Mercy Hospital and Medical Center received a grant for its patient navigation program to support 170 patients through comprehensive breast cancer treatment and care.
  • Loretto Hospital received a grant to provide vital screenings in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago through its patient navigation program. Additionally, funds will be put towards the purchase of biopsy equipment to help diagnose breast cancer.
  • Sinai Health System received a grant to support their Helping Her Live program, which will provide outreach, breast cancer education and patient navigation for women in North and South Lawndale, who otherwise would not be able to access vital healthcare.
  • Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force received a grant to provide women with education and outreach through their Screen to Live program and link nearly 1,000 women to no-cost mammograms. They will also use the funds to work with hospitals around the city to help them improve their data collection to ensure that patients are getting the care they need.
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center received a research grant to identify reasons for exceptional long-term survival among women living with metastatic breast cancer that originated over a decade ago.
  • Xilin Association received a grant on behalf of Avon’s Chicago area Breast Health Outreach Programs to support organizations like the Xilin Association that will help educate communities about the importance of breast cancer screening and help women access mammography services.
  • The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, home of the Avon Center of Excellence received a grant that will support three research projects to improve understanding of how breast cancer develops, large-scale breast health education efforts, and one-on-one patient navigation at the Erie Family Health Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“As the company for women, we are proud of our strong purpose-driven mission to improve the lives of women – and this includes our long-term commitment to the fight against breast cancer. I’ve had the great privilege of participating in the AVON 39 Walk and being a part of the powerful community of walkers. I’m inspired by the individuals whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and who have their own personal reason for wanting to take part and make a difference,” says Scott White, Chief Executive Officer, New Avon LLC.

Event Details

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Chicago began on Saturday, June 3 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Maggie Daley Park. Participants then walked 26.2 miles through the Chicago area, supported by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. AVON 39 participants spent Saturday night at Horner Park featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment by the Blue Lincolns band and leisure activities, as well as volunteer medical services provided by AVON 39 Medical Sponsor Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A “Fierce Finish” celebration welcomed in the final walkers of Day 1 and officially completed the route.

On Sunday, June 4, after completing the final 13.1 miles, participants joined family and friends back at Maggie Daley Park to celebrate their achievement at a finish festival with entertainment by the Midnight band and closing ceremony, which started at 2:00 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awarded new grants to Chicago area breast cancer organizations to ensure the funds raised will benefit the community immediately.

Get Involved with AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer
Registration is open for 2017 events, including Boston (June 24-25); San Francisco (July 8-9); Santa Barbara (September 9-10); and New York (October 14-15). Registration is also open for 2018 events in Houston (April 21-22) and Washington DC (May 5-6).

For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #FierceIsForever conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer is the largest fundraising event for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Since its launch by the Avon Foundation for Women in 2003, more than 235,000 participants have raised nearly $620,000,000 in the fight to end breast cancer. Funds raised at each event provide direct impact in the area where the event takes place, and also help make sure that care and research programs nationwide have adequate resources to make the most progress possible. For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #FierceIsForever conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as ANEW, Avon Color, mark., and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Together, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avon.com.



Encourage women around you to do the same. Don’t forget, men can get breast cancer, too.
For breast cancer information and resources, visit avonfoundation.org.

AVON 39 Thanks Title Sponsor Avon,

National Sponsor Reebok, Official Sponsor PLS Financial Services

and Medical Sponsor Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

AVON 39 also thanks Local Sponsors Ultimate Software and Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Cadillac Dealers,

Coffee Sponsor Don Francisco’s Coffee, Breakfast Sponsor Chicago Bagel Authority,

Ambulance Sponsor Superior Ambulance and Supplier Sponsors Tiger Balm and Effie’s Homemade,

Classic Party & Tent Rentals, and Aligned Modern Health with the help of National University of Health Sciences.


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