Reese Witherspoon presents $9.1 million in grants for breast cancer organizations
Oct 18, 2011
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer has been quite a success as it raised $9.1 million in grants for breast cancer organizations, and the honorary chairperson, actress Reese Witherspoon, walked the remainder of the trek with the thousands of participants in New York.
"I'm absolutely amazed at what you all just did," Witherspoon told the cheering crowd after the walk. "Walking all those miles, raising all that money and sleeping in those cool pink tents! All of you came here this weekend to make sure there are more survivors in our world, and the money you raised and the awareness you spread will help save lives."
Now, some of the funds will go to the Avon Global Scholars program, which will put 50 doctors in an intensive training program to learn more about treating breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetimes. This disease is not only the second most common among women behind skin cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death following lung cancer.