About the New York Breast Cancer Walk

By Rhonda Campbell

  • Overview

    The Avon Breast Cancer Walk is organized by The Avon Foundation. The walk is held throughout various cities in the United States and is the foundation's largest annual fundraising event. Women and men alike are invited to participate in the walk. The New York City 2-day event gives walkers a choice of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles). Since 2003 the walk has raised more than $265 million dollars around the United States.
    About the New York Breast Cancer Walk
  • History

    New York City is one of the major cities in which the national Avon Breast Cancer Walk is held. The 2008 New York City walk was the largest in the program's history to date, with 4,500 participants. More than $11.5 million was raised during the 2008 walk; New York City's top crew member raised more than $15,000. In 2007 more than 3,900 people participated in the walk, which raised $10.2 million.
  • Significance

    Avon reports that "approximately 178,480 women and 2,030 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year." It is also important to note that more than 2 million people in the United States alone have survived breast cancer after being treated for the disease. Although men comprise less than 1 percent of all reported breast cancer cases, men too have been directly affected by the disease. When one takes into consideration the impact on family members of loved ones who have the disease, the impact of the New York City Breast Cancer Walk and the focus on healing becomes increasingly clear.


  • Events

    Prior to the actual event, registrants and crew members may participate in introductory meetings. To view a schedule of introductory meetings, please see the event website (see Resources). In addition, there are clinics and workshops prior to the event. The New York walk is generally held in mid-October.
  • Registration

    Prior walkers can use their former logins and passwords to register for an upcoming walk. Those new to the walk need to register for a login and password. Both former and new registrants can sign up online (see Resources). You can register as an individual or as a team. There is also an option to download and mail in the registration form. If you desire to help beyond taking the walk, check the Avon Foundation website for information on volunteering or making a donation to the event.
  • The Course

    The walk goes through downtown New York City, the east and west sides of the city, crosses over bridges and goes through some of the city's most beautiful and treasured parks. Specific course directions are given out on the actual day of the event.
  • Benefits

    Last year through the New York City Breast Cancer Walk, The Avon Foundation donated grants to New York's Cancer Care, New York University Medical Center, New York University Cancer Institute Bellevue Hospital, Harold Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Foundation, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Kings County Hospital and Northern Westchester Hospital. Total of these grants exceeded $13 million.
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