The Breast Cancer Walk in Houston, sponsored by Avon, is part of a bigger initiative that involves eight cities across the United States. In 2003, the Avon Foundation launched The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a national series of weekend fundraising events affiliated with many other prominent national breast cancer organizations and programs, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, American Cancer Society, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The idea of the event is to present the best of each city to its inhabitants and at the same time fundraise donations for fighting breast cancer. The next Breast Cancer Walk in Houston is appointed to April 12th and 13th, 2014. Cities like Charlotte, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and New York have also scheduled walks.
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In their last editions, the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in Houston marched from Stude Park to Rice University and back again. Between Stude Park and the Wellness Villages, participants walked through sidewalks and city streets. In the first day of the march, the route allowed walkers to enjoy some the Houston’s highlights, such as historic houses in neighborhoods of Heights and River Oaks, the famous Medical District and the Galleria area. The march ended with a stroll through Rice University Campus, where the Wellness Village is located.
On the second day, a Sunday, the streets of Houston filled of walkers again. The route crossed Downtown Houston and passed the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park along with other important buildings of the city, and ended up right back at Stude Park, where the closing ceremony toke place with all the participants of this weekend event.
Both men and women are encouraged to participate, considering breast cancer affects everyone from parents, brothers, children and friends. Even a small percentage of men are affect by breast cancer, so it’s up to everyone to fight against it. It’s even possible to participate as a team.
The only requirement is that every participant is properly registered and contributing to the fundraising. Those who don’t meet these requirements can be at one the cheering stations along the route, to cheer up the walkers as they pass.
Note that walkers must be must be 16 years of age or older by the end of the calendar year of the event. Walkers must be 16 years old on or before December 31st, 2014, to participate in the next Breast Cancer Walk in Houston. Walkers under 18 years of age must have written consent from a parent or guardian.
Each participant commits to raising a minimum of $1,800 in donations up to the day before the walk starts. In the event that a participant doesn’t reach the mark, the organization offers different options to meet the needs of the walker.
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