On September 22 and 23, thousands of women walked for 13.1 miles across Santa Barbara on a journey to end breast cancer. These dedicated women woke up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning to show their support for the fight against breast cancer and were able to raise a total of 4.7 million dollars in donations. The money will go toward breast cancer programs, research to find a cure or prevention, and care for the afflicted, in particular those who cannot afford insurance, minorities, and the elderly. Eighty percent of the donations raised in Santa Barbara go towards local care programs and the remaining twenty percent is dispersed throughout the United States to ensure that every program and research facility in the country has adequate funding.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer and providing support for the affected women and their families. For every donation, 72 research labs receive help for purchasing the equipment necessary to find a cure for breast cancer. For every person who walks, one uninsured woman can receive a life-saving operation. For every person who contributes to the cause, nine uninsured breast cancer patients can receive diagnostic tests. For every Avon walker, twelve low-income women can get mammograms that reveal a tumor. For every person who supports the cause, 51 women undergoing breast cancer treatment can have meals delivered to their homes,180 low-income patients can get transportation to medical appointments, three uninsured women who have lost a breast to cancer can get a prosthesis, and 24 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families can get counseling and support.
Every person matters. For every person who decides they won’t make a difference, 72 research labs lack funds, one uninsured woman can die without the treatment she needs, nine women will not be diagnosed with breast cancer until it is too late, 51 low-income women will go hungry, and countless more women will go without the support they need.
Those who participated in the walk understood how important they were to those women with breast cancer because many of them had family members who had passed away from the same disease. One of these women is the community home school liaison at San Marcos, Ms. Lewis. She and her daughters, along with their dog Bandit, cheered on walkers with handmade signs to show their support.
“We watched hundreds and hundreds of women pass by,” said Ms. Lewis. “ I don’t know if breast cancer patients notice their effort, but it impacted themselves to realize that they were helping others in their community. Everyone knows someone who died from breast cancer, so this is a personal experience for everyone involved.”
Ms. Lewis believes that it is very important to protect women and one of the best ways to show your support is to participate in events like the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
“We need to provide more information about symptoms of breast cancer and ways to prevent it,” said Ms. Lewis. “Teenagers need to know that it doesn’t only affect old women, it can happen to anyone at any time.”
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is sponsored by Reebok, ORION Trading, and Otter Box. Reebok contributes $300,000 to $750,000 of the profits from their exclusive new line of clothing and shoe products, Pink Ribbon, to the cause. ORION Trading is a media barter services agency which funds some of Avon’s media expenditures. Otter Box supports the fight to end breast cancer with limited edition pink “Strength” cases for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, the new Sprint smartphone, HTC EVO 3D, and the Blackberry Torch II. They donate ten percent of their profits to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
Registration for the next annual Avon Breast Cancer Walk is available at their online website, http://www.avonwalk.org.The walk provides a unique opportunity to visit beautiful cities across the country while supporting the fight to end breast cancer. Don’t hesitate to sign up! The upcoming walks for 2012 are in New York, New York (October 20-21, 2012) and Charlotte, North Carolina (October 27-28, 2012).