CancerCare® Receives $650,000 to Support Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients Nationwide

NEW YORK, NY (October 20, 2015) – CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, is thrilled to announce that the Avon Foundation for Women has awarded the organization a generous $650,000 grant to support the AvonCares program. AvonCares has provided direct financial assistance to more than 80,000 low-income breast cancer patients in 50 states since 2000.

The grant was presented at AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, which concluded this past weekend in New York. Ending the Walk’s 13th season on a high note, participants raised $8.7 million to accelerate breast cancer research, improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment, and educate people about breast cancer.

At the event, Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, announced 11 new grants to local breast cancer organizations, including CancerCare, ensuring that the funds raised would immediately benefit the Greater New York community.

“As this year’s AVON 39 series comes to a close in New York, we couldn’t be more grateful for all 3,500 39ers that united together throughout this memorable weekend with one common goal: to eliminate breast cancer,” said Ms. McCoy. “The grants distributed today will help us do just that. I’m honored to have the opportunity to give them to the doctors, researchers and other medical professionals who will use these funds to help change and save lives. We thank each and every one of you, as your 39 has helped make this possible!”

“Thanks to the efforts of all who participated in AVON 39 and the generosity of the Avon Foundation for Women, CancerCare will be able to further its mission of providing help and hope to anyone affected by cancer,” said Jane Levy, LCSW-R, Director of Patient Assistance Programs at CancerCare. “Through our counseling programs, financial assistance grants, educational resources and community programs, CancerCare is committed to helping people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

For more information on eligibility for AvonCares, please call the CancerCare Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit our financial assistance page.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. CancerCare’s comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.

To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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