One Goal – Find a Cure for Breast Cancer

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The Georgetown Lombardi-Capital Breast Care Center Team members donned their t-shirts, double knotted their sneakers, and joined 2,200-plus supporters for the Tenth Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, DC on Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6, 2012.

Walking 39.3 miles, the Georgetown Lombardi-Capital Breast Care Center Team, 47 supporters strong, helped raise funds to end breast cancer.

The Avon Foundation has supported Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC) since 2004 with an initial grant to fund the center. With continued support from the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the CBCC has provided screenings and services to over 8,000 patients in the Southeast Washington area.

During the closing ceremony, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer awarded Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center, with a $500,000 grant to continue to support the CBCC and the underserved women of Washington, DC. Ten local organizations received a total of $4.25 million in grants, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community.

Georgetown Lombardi/CBCC Team Captain Jeanne Mandelblatt, Ph.D., M.P.H., calls this year’s walk a success, based on the dedication of time, energy, and monetary support her team provided. This year’s team raised public awareness and over $86,000 to help find a cure for breast cancer and continue to support medically underserved in the Washington, DC area.

“I walk so that our patients will know that we are with them every step of the way,” Mandelblatt said. The strength that comes from the collected goal of a team reaffirms why the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer raised a collective $5 million in our local area, “to advance access to care and find a cure for breast cancer.”

The weekend was filled with moments of reflection, joy, and athletic prowess, proving the power of a team in motion.


By Katherine Brazauskas, GUMC Communications

(Published May 07, 2012)