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Lurie Cancer Center Receives $750,000 from Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Chicago

June 2012

The 10th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season continued with the Avon Walk Chicago, June 2 & 3, raising $6.3 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. The Avon Walk Chicago, the fourth of nine Avon Walks this year, attracted more than 2,800 participants from 39 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Canada, and included 356 men and 340 breast cancer survivors who all joined together to raise life-saving funds and awareness for breast cancer. Grants were awarded to 10 local organizations at the Avon Walk Chicago Closing Ceremony, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community.

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, home of the Avon Foundation Breast Care Center of Excellence and the Avon Breast Cancer Research Laboratories, received $750,000 to provide access to breast care for low income women at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Erie Family Health Center. The grant also will fund three new research projects to identify and better understand the development of breast cancer and how to stop the disease.

"Our beneficiaries here in Chicagoland are leaders from your communities who are dedicated to the fight against breast cancer," said Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women. "These organizations are providing breast cancer screening, care and support services every day. They are also researching the causes and improved treatments for breast cancer, but also a way to someday prevent it altogether."

During the Closing Ceremony at Soldier Field, Jill Franks, a 36-year breast cancer survivor from Portage, Indiana, described her difficult battle with breast cancer and what motivated her to walk. "When I was diagnosed in 1975, nobody was 'aware' of breast cancer. Nobody wore pink ribbons. Nobody thought you could survive a diagnosis. People, including members of my family, couldn't even say the word 'cancer' out loud," said Franks. "I lost my breast, the underlying muscle and the lymph nodes in my arm – things that my body still does not have to this day. But I got my life. I can proudly tell all of you that I walked 39.3 miles this weekend to fight breast cancer and help save lives."

For more information on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or to donate, visit www.avonwalk.org or call 888-541-WALK. To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women visit www.avonfoundation.org.

(Last updated on June 25, 2013 )