Coming soon to a city near you, it’s the annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer! Each year the Avon Foundation holds this walk, a two-day event, 26-mile to 39.3-mile (you pick the length) throughout many U.S. cities.
Every participant must commit to raising at least $1800, will sleep in a tent, and experience showering in a semi-truck, and it is all fantastically fun and incredibly moving! What makes the Avon Walk such a worthy cause is that the proceeds raised in each city, stay in that city. The money is distributed to local hospitals, cancer treatment facilities, and makes it possible for those without the means, to obtain cancer screenings and care. The support, education, and research that are funded by these two-day walks are quite phenomenal and life changing for all involved.
Cities for 2007 are:
Washington, DC- May 5-6
Boston - May 19-20
Chicago - June 2-3
San Francisco-July 7-8
Los Angeles-Sept 15-16
New York-Oct 6-7
Could you walk 26 or 39.3 miles in two days for a cause, you care about? Have you completed a walk and can offer some encouragement for new walkers?
This is an amazing event. I have not walked it yet, but I have crewed it for 4 years. It's very inspiring not only to those who are survivors, have breast cancer, or have been touched by someone who has it, but also to everyone else in attendance. Everyone has a story to share and throughout the event people tend to share those stories. I am especially inspired by the closing ceremonies where a portion of the money raised is already handed out to local hospitals and other places in the area involved in fighting breast cancer. You get to see right away how the money you helped raise is being spent. It's also amazing to see how far the walkers push themselves in order to complete their personal walking goals especially since the money raised is not dependent on the miles walked. They do it for themselves and to honor those they know who are fighting breast cancer or those who have already already lost their battle with the disease. Throughout the weekend there is great camaraderie and wonderful encouragement to help walkers to keep going. This event is a great way to not only raise money for an excellant cause, but also to bring people together to to fight a common enemy: breast cancer. The event also raises awareness about the disease. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful event.
my future daughter in law walks for cancer every year after losing her mom to breast cancer - i am so proud of her!! i helped her raise money to help find a cure - so all women don't have to face that fear! god luck to all the walkers and cancer survivors and families!!
I have not done this walk yet however I have done shorter walks for other causes. My boyfriend lost his Aunt to Breast Cancer and I see how it has effected his family. I may look into walking in honor of her! Goo luck to all who walk!
A close friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I also lost my mother 15 years ago due to complications to breast cancer. This is a cause I would most definetly support
I just want to say thanks for all that can walk for this event, to support Breast Cancer !!! I am a Survivior, and some day, if this walk gets closer to my town, I want to walk too :)
I have walked in this event for the past 4 years. I will be there in May with my walking shoes on!
I have never walked that long but I have walked for a cause and it felt great. It was wonderful being involved in this huge event where everyone was coming together for a good cause. I felt strangely proud of all these strangers walking around me. I would definitely do it again and consider this longer walk.
This is my fourth year doing the Avon Walk. I missed it last year due to having my daughter and I really missed it. It's life changing to see how the community comes out to support you, to hear the stories of the survivors, and to just feel all that energy and goodwill around you. It's one hell of a weekend no matter how many miles you do!
I think I am going to look into this there is one about 3 hours from me.
If this was coming to my town, I might do it...especially if I had a friend or two along for the walk. It would probably be more towards the lower end of miles, but as long as it's for a great cause, why not? I could always use a little more exercise.