Adventist HealthCare was one of eight local organizations honored this past weekend as part of Avon’s 12th annual Walk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4.

The 39.3 mile walk throughout the Washington, D.C. area drew 2,000 participants from across the U.S. and abroad, helping to raise a total of $4.5 million for breast cancer research, to improve access to screenings, diagnosis and treatment, as well as to expand breast cancer educations programs.

The event concluded at the Washington Monument Grounds on Sunday with a ceremony honoring the new Avon grant beneficiaries. Marcos Pesquera, executive director of the Center for Health Equity and Wellness at Adventist HealthCare, and Cancer Outreach coordinators Melina Talavera and Cristy Ruiz, accepted the $100,000 award on behalf of Adventist HealthCare.

“Thanks to all of you, this Avon grant will navigate more than 1,400 patients to free screening mammograms and 400 of them on to free follow-up care,” Pesquera said. “Thank you Avon Foundation.”

Adventist HealthCare’s Breast Cancer Screening Program provides free screening services to underserved women who might otherwise do without these services because of income or insurance limitations. Our aim is to make preventive health care for the breast and follow-up treatment accessible to all women and reduce the number of deaths related to breast cancer.

“Every grant moves us closer toward our goal of a world without breast cancer,” said Eloise Caggiano, a breast cancer survivor and Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Program Director.