Houston, TX, April 18, 2016 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer kicks off in Houston April 23-24. The nationwide event series begins its 14th season with a steadfast commitment to help access to care and provide research into prevention and a cure for breast cancer. United by the theme #Powerof39, the event series emphasizes action, inspiration, and a fierce resolve to challenge the status quo by walking 39.3 miles in two days.
AVON 39 Houston – the first of seven walks across the country – celebrates the strength and philanthropic commitment of participants who raise $1,800 to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. Since the series’ launch in 2003, more than 220,000 participants have raised nearly $590,000,000. Funds raised are distributed to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations.
Last year’s AVON 39 Houston drew more than 1,250 participants from 40 states and Washington D.C., including 145 breast cancer survivors who raised $2.7 million to advance access to breast health care. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and the Avon Foundation for Women have awarded more than $18 million to organizations in Texas since 2008, including the YWCA, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and University of Texas Medical Branch.
About the AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Houston
AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Houston will begin on Saturday, April 23 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Stude Park. AVON 39 participants will then begin their challenge of 26.2 miles through the Houston area, assisted by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. Participants will spend Saturday night at Basecamp 39 at Rice University, featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment and volunteer medical services, as well as leisure activities.
On Sunday, April 24, after completing the final 13.1 miles, participants will join family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a closing ceremony back at Stude Park at 2:00 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade will award new grants to Texas breast cancer organizations to ensure the funds raised will benefit the community immediately.
How to Register for AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer:
The 2016 season is open for registration in Houston and events will also take place in Washington DC (April 30-May 1); Chicago (June 4-5); Boston (July 9-10); San Francisco (July 23-24); Santa Barbara (September 10-11); and New York (October 15-16).
For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #Powerof39 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 fund-raising event for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Since its launch by the Avon Foundation for Women in 2003, more than 220,000 participants have trekked 6,868,000 miles and raised nearly $590,000,000 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 #Powerof39 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
KNOW YOUR RISKS. KNOW YOUR BODY. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.
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 National Sponsor Reebok, Official Sponsor PLS Financial Services, Medical Sponsor Baylor College of Medicine, Breakfast Sponsor Panera, and Coffee Sponsor Don Francisco’s Coffee