The seventh annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held on the first weekend in May in Washington, D.C. This year it raised $6.8 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. Johns Hopkins Breast Center walkers alone raised $96,000 this year. A total of more than $4 million in grants were given to 6 local organizations, ensuring that the funds raised immediately benefit the community. Representing Johns Hopkins, Dr. Sara Sukumar, Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Program, was presented with a check for $850,000 at the closing ceremonies to support patient care and research programs at the Avon Foundation Breast Center at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Sara Sukumar was joined this weekend by a 30 member Johns Hopkins Walk team and the incredible annual "pink-scrub cheerleaders" who kept the walkers' spirits high all weekend despite the rainy weather.
To participate in the Avon Walk Washington, D.C., each walker raised a minimum of $1,800 in donations. Itis a noncompetitive event, women and men had a choice of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the weekend. Funds raised are managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation for Women [a 501(c)(3) public charity] and awarded to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations to support five areas of the breast cancer cause, including awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research, all with a focus on the medically underserved.
Donations are still being accepted for the Avon Walk Washington, D.C., and registration is still open for women and men to take part in the remaining Avon Walks of 2009: Boston, MA (May 16-17); Chicago, IL (June 6-June 7); Rocky Mountains, CO (June 27-28); San Francisco, CA (July 11-12); Los Angeles, CA (September 12-13); New York, NY (October 10-11); and Charlotte, NC (October 24-25).