Tackling Breast Cancer Globally: Nearly 40 Countries to Participate in Breast Cancer Events Followed by International Breast Cancer Symposium and Seminars in New York City
Global grassroots events, followed by a New York-based scientific symposium featuring international experts and specialists, and a global educational program mark the Avon Foundation's 50th Anniversary
Sep 28, 2005
Next month the world will unite to fight breast cancer in a chain of events linking countries together in shared commitment, brought together by the Avon Foundation as it marks its 50th anniversary focused on a mission to improve the lives of women. The month's activities, which will drive the global dialogue on breast cancer, include:
* The first-ever Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer (throughout October) -- A series of breast cancer fundraising and awareness events in nearly 40 countries across five continents, from Mexico City to the Great Wall of China. At the conclusion of selected events, a breast cancer survivor will travel to another country, participate in its event and pass the "Global Connection Ribbon" in a sign of solidarity, supported by sponsor Novartis Oncology. As the series nears completion, several of the participating survivors will come to New York to be honored at the Avon Foundation 50th Anniversary Awards Celebration. Getty Images has donated its services and will photograph many of the events across the globe. Participating Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer countries include: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, S. Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.
The Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer kicks off with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York on October 1-2 (described below).
* Breast Cancer 2005: From Discovery to Delivery (October 24) -- One of the first scientific symposiums to delve into the global fight against breast cancer, focused on research and access to care. International experts will address both the latest breast cancer research and how to ensure access to these breakthroughs to the medically underserved. Attendees will include over 200 doctors, clinicians, scientists and breast cancer experts from around the world discussing the medical, social and economic issues faced by individuals battling breast cancer. The symposium chair is Dr. Paul Goss, Director of Breast Cancer Programs at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Valerie Beral of University of Oxford (researcher on the "One Million Woman Study" in the UK) will address breast cancer epidemiology worldwide. Additional topics include: state of endocrine therapy for breast cancer; current chemotherapy treatment; emerging targeted therapies; risk assessment, screening, treatment, compliance and delivery of care in underserved breast cancer populations; and the challenges healthcare systems face in delivering state-of-the-art treatments for all. * Avon Foundation-American Cancer Society University (October 24-29) -- Participants from 12 countries will come together in New York for a unique five-day program to learn how to ease the global burden of breast cancer by strengthening the capacity of their organizations. Critical topics addressed will include Needs Assessment, Program Planning, Advocacy, Grants Management, Prevention and Detection, Patient Services, Fundraising/Sponsorship and more. Attendees include representatives of Cancer League Programs and Avon global breast cancer programs from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. * Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York (October 1-2) -- The Avon Foundation 50th Anniversary and Breast Cancer Awareness Month kick off with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer New York, a 39.3-mile trek through the Big Apple. Over 2,600 participants from all 50 states and outside the US will walk a marathon on Saturday, October 1, camp out on Randall's Island overnight, and walk another half marathon on Sunday, October 2. At the conclusion of the Avon Walk New York, a breast cancer survivor who wore the special Global Connection Ribbon throughout the event will head to Brazil to pass the ribbon on to a survivor in that country, linking the global community of breast cancer survivors with a tangible sign of solidarity and support. * Avon Foundation 50th Anniversary Awards Celebration -- Hosted by Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, and Kathleen Walas, President of the Avon Foundation, this awards dinner will honor leaders in the domestic violence and breast cancer causes, as well as a group of breast cancer survivors from the Walk Around the World For Breast Cancer. Over 1,000 guests will attend the Awards Celebration held at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
In many nations, breast cancer still carries a powerful stigma. In some countries, women will not publicly admit they have faced breast cancer and in other countries mammography is virtually unknown. Although progress has been made, breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of death for women; in the US alone, there is a new diagnosis of breast cancer every three minutes and a life lost every 14 minutes.
The Avon Foundation programs are meant to expand the global dialogue on breast cancer among individuals and experts, and to help provide access to knowledge and programs among all.
About the Avon Foundation
The Avon Foundation was founded October 21, 1955, and has been committed to improving the lives of women and their families ever since. In 1992 the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade was launched to focus on the issue of breast cancer. Through 2004, Avon breast cancer programs in some 50 countries have raised and awarded more than $350 million for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved and millions more have been raised this year. As the Avon Foundation honors 50 years, it focuses on breast cancer and domestic violence. Breast cancer funding is awarded for five areas: awareness and education; screening and diagnosis; access to treatment; support services; and scientific research. Beneficiaries range from leading cancer centers to community-based non-profit breast health programs, creating a powerful international network of research, medical, social service and community-based organizations.
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