AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer held its 14th annual event in Chicago this weekend raising $4.1 million to fund 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 #Powerof39, drew more than 1,600 participants from 46 states, including 248 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days.
“This weekend, more than 1,600 AVON 39ers united in Chicago with one common goal, to end breast cancer,” said Jill Surdyka, AVON 39 National Ambassador. “The grants given today will help us do just that – and will help us to further our goal in providing services to those in need, educating the public, and crushing breast cancer once and for all.”
Kari Greczek shared her moving story and battle with breast cancer with fellow participants, volunteers, family and friends. “Once I felt that I could talk about my diagnosis, surgery and treatment, I found that almost every person I spoke to could somehow relate,” said Kari. “Without regular check-ups or mammograms, my cancer never would have been found until it was much more advanced and aggressive. I am so grateful for the team of doctors I had, and for my friends and family who have turned this into a learning and growing experience.”
At the event, AVON 39 National Ambassador Jill Surdyka announced seven new grants to local breast cancer organizations , ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the local community. Grants were awarded to Loretto Hospital, Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, Sinai Health System, Xilin Association, University of Wisconsin, The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospital Systems. 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.
Additional grants will be awarded throughout the year, adding to the more than $63 million donated by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and Avon Foundation for Women to organizations and institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Since the AVON 39’s launch in 2003, more than 220,000 participants have raised nearly $590,000,000.
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