Avon walk for breast cancer
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The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is the foundations’s largest annual fundraising initiative. I can’t speak for the whole Team Willow Glen, but I chose to do the Avon Walk because of the organizations they help and the way the funds are distributed. In the last 5 years the Avon walks raised more than $265 million and $60 million of that was from last years’ walk.

When you look at where the majority of these funds are going you quickly see the money is not going just to research, but to help people who might not even get treatment for financial or cultural reasons. Like many who have been touched by this disease in some way, I can’t imagine what it would be like to go through the treatments alone, or not to have the money to get the right treatments.

Everybody knows that fundraising this year is at an all-time low and many non-profits are struggling for every penny. Just to give you an idea of why you should give whatever you can to support the walk, here are a few of the local (San Francisco Bay Area) organizations who have received funds from the Avon walk.

San Francisco General Hospital

Created the Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center with the funding from the walk, as well as a mobile mammography van, a high-risk genetic clinic, and community outreach and breast cancer research programs.

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Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic

Expanded the delivery of free alternative medicine, social services, and holistic health to extremely low-income women in the San Francisco Bay and Oakland areas. 75 percent of patients served are women of color; 40 percent speak little or no English and all are below the 200 percent poverty level.

Project Open Hand

Funds will expand their Homebound Critically Ill Program that provides meals and education programs for breast cancer patients and other critically ill patients. Funds also support an innovative “grocery program” for breast cancer clients, particularly focused on Chinese breast cancer patients.

Zero Breast Cancer

Founded in 1995 by a group of concerned Marin County residents who wanted to know why so many of their friends were afflicted with breast cancer. The participate in research studies including Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center, Prospective Study of Breast Cancer Survivorship in the Bay Area, and a project to develop a Bay Area Geographic Information System (GIS).

Here’s the team walking so far. If you’d like to join us let me know. The more the merrier! Click on a link to donate to an individual. Whatever you can give will make a difference in so many lives.

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