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Boston, MA 05/26/2014 (wallstreetpr) – Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP) is a manufacturer and seller of beauty, fashion and home products in about 64 countries. Avon has recently organized its annual program the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Boston.

The Avon Walk For Breast Cancer Boston

About 1700 participants from 35 states, Washington DC and Canada participated in the Avon Walk Boston. It was the third out of eight walks to be organized in 2014. 220 survivors of breast cancer along with 287 men also joined the walk. Aly Raisman, who is the Olympic Gold Medalist and Boston hometown hero, was also present at “Wellness Village” at Reebok World Headquarters.

The two day Avon Walk started on May 17 in the morning at 6:30 AM from the University of Massachusetts Boston. The participants covered a distance of 26.2 miles on the first day. They were supported by volunteers.The participants had a night stay at the Walk’s “Wellness Village” at Reebok World Headquarters. They stayed in tents and enjoyed hot showers, food, entertainment and medical facilities. Various activities such as yoga and a spa zone were also there.

The walk ended with a closing ceremony after the participants have covered the rest 13.1 miles on May 18. The survivors also shared their experience of survivals.

Funds Raised By The Initiative

The amount of $3.9 million has been raised which will be used in breast cancer research and treatment as well as in raising awareness of breast cancer among people. Eloise Caggiano, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Program Director and a breast cancer survivor, made an announcement of eight new grants to the local breast cancer organizations. The grants will be given to Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University, Boston Medical Center, Silent Spring Institute, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Community Servings, Cambridge Health Alliance and Tufts Medical Center.

Other Initiatives

The Avon Foundation in association with Chicago’s Sinai Urban Health has funded a nationwide study to determine the reason behind the dying of more black women due to breast cancer compared to white women. The Avon Foundation is also working with 20 breast cancer agencies to provide better living conditions to those suffering from cancer to reduce the number of deaths. The Avon Foundation is funding seven Avon Comprehensive Breast Centers in the country.