Ninth Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Season Launches in Houston


The 2011 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season kicked off its ninth season in Houston on April 16–17 with more than 1,000 participants from 31 states and Canada, including 91 breast cancer survivors and many Avon Representatives. Together, they raised more than $1.8 million to fund access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer.

Our continued success depends on dedicated supporters like you, your friends and your families. In Houston alone, Team Avon — the Avon Bluebonnet Crusaders, led by Teresa Macias — raised more than $25,000 for the cause, making them one of the top ten fund-raising teams at the Avon Walk Houston. Thank you, Bluebonnet Crusaders!

The many Avon Representatives who participate in the Avon Walks for Breast Cancer and who sell our pink ribbon products are changing the lives of people battling breast cancer across the country. One such person is Christine Marquise, a walker and three-year breast cancer survivor from Dallas. During the Houston Walk Closing Ceremony, Christine movingly spoke about overcoming breast cancer. “I’m awed by the journey we all just completed and the community that we’ve created in only two days together,” said Christine. “And I’m honored to serve as living proof that with great medical care, love and support, you can take on breast cancer — and win.”

Also at the Closing Ceremony, Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women, awarded initial grants totaling $1.1 million to eight local organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community. More grants are slated to be awarded throughout the year to breast cancer programs nationwide.

For more information on the 2011 Avon Walk grants, please visit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer press center. Registration is still open for women and men to take part in the remaining Avon Walks of 2011: Rocky Mountains (June 25–26), San Francisco (July 9–10), Santa Barbara (September 17–18), New York (October 15–16) and Charlotte (October 22–23).

For more information about the series, to register, volunteer or donate, visit or call 1-888-540-WALK(9255).

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