May 14, 2012
The tenth annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held in Washington D.C., on May 5-6. The event raised $5 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. The Avon Walk Washington, D.C. attracted 2,200 participants from 39 states and Washington, D.C., including 269 breast cancer survivors, who joined together to raise life-saving funds and awareness for breast cancer.
Ten local breast cancer organizations received grants including Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins University received a grant of $1,275,000 to assist in the support of the more than 14,000 women who will receive services this year at the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Center of Excellence.
About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Washington, D.C.
During the Avon Walk Washington, D.C., participants have the choice of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and half (39.3 miles). Walkers began their journey trekking through the greater Washington, D.C. area and finished their day with fellow walkers at “Wellness Village” at Meadowbrook Park in Chevy Chase, MD. The “Wellness Village” featured pink two-person sleeping tents, hot showers, prepared meals, entertainment, volunteer medical services and comprehensive support services. Additionally, leisure activities such as yoga and a spa zone with mini-back-and-foot-massages were available to participants. On Sunday, May 6, walkers completed another 13.1 miles together, ending back at the Washington Monument Grounds where they were greeted by thousands of family and friends, and celebrated the completion of their journey at a moving closing ceremony that included the awarding of new grants.