In the US, every three minutes a woman is newly diagnosed with breast cancer amassing to nearly a quarter-million new diagnosis annually. To raise funds and awareness around the importance of breast cancer screening and treatment, on October 17th and 18th, thousands of walkers dressed in pink took to the streets of New York City for the annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. More than 3,000 walkers participated and raised $7.1 million to provide breast cancer outreach and navigation services to underserved women.
A long time partner of the Avon Foundation for Women, CAI celebrates its 15th year as the national grants manager for the Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP). During these 15 years, CAI has been proud to support the work of BHOP grantees around the country who excel in their efforts to provide breast cancer education and recruitment into screening and treatment for underserved women. Through 2013, BHOP grantees have facilitated more than 1.3 million mammograms and breast examinations and educated more than 12 million people on breast cancer awareness.
In addition to working with the Avon Foundation for Women as a grants manager, our staff, families and friends supported the New York City Avon Walk for Breast Cancer with enthusiastic cheering stations on both days. CAI's Avon Project Director Kathryn Gates-Ferris also participated in the closing ceremony at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 and accepted a check for $2,750,000 for our continued work with the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program.