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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2010


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Tressa Kirby
202-687-8865
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Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Researchers and the Capital Breast Care Center Receive One of Nine Grants Awarded at Eighth Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer


Washington, D.C., May 4, 2010 – The eighth annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer season continued with the Avon Walk in Washington, D.C. this weekend, which raised $6.5 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) walked in the event, raising more than $65,000 for the AVON Foundation.

Georgetown University received three grants totaling $950,000 to provide continued support for Avon’s signature patient care program in the District, the CBCC and to support two research programs that will validate a series of biomarkers that can be used as tools to accurately predict breast cancer risk. Dr. Peter Shields, deputy director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, accepted the awards.

"Avon is a fabulous organization who helps so many women who could be stuck in a bad way without them," said Shields.  "Equally important, they [AVON] also provides serious funding for research. And on top of that, working with the other crew and walkers is truly inspiring."

As the Lombardi and CBCC AVON Team completed the walk, nearly 50 volunteers passed out CBCC butterfly pins to bring awareness to the CBCC's mission of
providing culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and to promote the health and wellness to women in Washington, D.C regardless of their ability to pay.

"The Avon Foundation for Women's support of CBCC has been invaluable," said Beth Beck, CBCC's executive director. "As a founding partner of the Center in 2004 the Foundation has remained committed to sustaining the important breast cancer screenings services that CBCC provides to all women. Without the support of the Avon Foundation for Women, CBCC would not be able to provide the magnitude of services we do today."


Marc Hurlbert, director of the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade, announced during the Closing Ceremony a total of more than $3.4 million in grants to nine 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. “Our beneficiaries are changing the course of breast cancer - here in Washington, D.C., across the country, and around the world. Let’s thank everyone for their hard work!” said Hurlbert. “We have supported breast cancer organizations in the Washington, D.C. area for many years and the outpouring of support and generosity through the Avon Walks enables us to make substantial and much-needed new grants that will benefit those facing breast cancer in D.C. and nationwide.”

The Avon Walk Washington, D.C., is the second of nine Avon Walks this year, and the event attracted more than 2,900 participants drawn from 47 states, Antigua, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico, including 240 breast cancer survivors who joined together to raise lifesaving funds and awareness for breast cancer. To participate in the Avon Walk Washington, D.C., each walker raised a minimum of $1,800 in donations. The Avon Foundation for Women [a 501(c)(3) public charity] raises and manages funds, which are awarded to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations to support five areas of the breast cancer cause, including awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research, all with a focus on the medically underserved.

To view a full list of award winners or for information about donating to the Avon Foundation for Women, please visit www.avonwalk.org or call 800-541-WALK.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through Georgetown’s affiliation with MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.

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