Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Boston Raises $3.9 Million

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast and Boston Hometown Hero Aly Raisman Joined Avon Walkers at Reebok Headquarters on Saturday


Boston, MA – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The 12th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season continued in Boston this weekend, raising $3.9 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.

The Avon Walk Boston – the third of eight 2014 Avon Walks across the country – attracted 1,700 participants from 35 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Canada. In addition, 220 breast cancer survivors and 287 men joined together to raise lifesaving funds for breast cancer. On Saturday, Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast and Boston Hometown Hero Aly Raisman paid a special visit to the Walk’s “Wellness Village” at Reebok World Headquarters, where she signed autographs for participants, as well as their families and friends.

During the Closing Ceremony at the University of Massachusetts Boston, breast cancer survivor Peter Devereaux shared his journey of survival and what motivated him to participate in his first Avon Walk. “As an ex-Marine and past Golden Gloves boxer, I thought I was the toughest guy on earth, and the odds of seeing me in pink were close to zero. Then I found a cyst on my chest, which turned out to be stage 3B breast cancer. It changed my life forever,” Devereaux said. “After countless procedures, including a mastectomy and 14 months of chemotherapy and radiation, I feel incredibly fortunate. I am lucky to be here today at the Avon Walk to help spread the word that men can get breast cancer, too. And I walk for the countless people who are not as lucky as I have been.”

Eloise Caggiano, a breast cancer survivor and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Program Director, announced eight new grants to local breast cancer organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the local community. “These grants represent only a portion of the funding that the Avon Foundation will distribute in the Boston area and across the country this year, but we want to make sure the impact of your Walk begins today. Every grant moves us closer toward our goal of a world without breast cancer,” said Caggiano.

The New England organizations that received grants on stage include:


In addition to awarding local Boston area grants, the Avon Foundation will continue to provide leadership support nationally for the fight against breast cancer. Recent initiatives include:


About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Boston
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Boston began on Saturday, May 17 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at University of Massachusetts Boston. Participants then walked 26.2 miles through the Boston area, supported by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters, including Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Aly Raisman. Walkers then spent Saturday night at the Walk’s “Wellness Village” at Reebok World Headquarters, featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment and volunteer medical services, as well as leisure activities such as yoga and a spa zone with mini-back and foot massages.

On Sunday, May 18, after completing the Avon Walk’s final 13.1 miles, participants joined family and friends to celebrate their achievement at the closing ceremony back at University of Massachusetts Boston where the new grants were awarded.  

Get Involved with Avon Walks for Breast Cancer
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Boston was the third of eight walks taking place around the country this year. Registration is open for the remaining 2014 Avon Walks in the following cities: Chicago (May 31- June 1), San Francisco (July 12-13), Santa Barbara (September 6-7), New York City (October 18-19) and Charlotte (October 25-26).

For more information on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit www.avonwalk.org or call 888-541-WALK.  To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women visit www.avonfoundation.org.



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