Welcome, and thank you for visiting our AVON 39 Team SETON YA-YA's page! Our team has raised more than $87,000 in the six walks we have participated in during the past 11 years. We hope to break the $100,000 mark as we prepare for the 2017 walk.
A little history about our team. Our team came together after one of our high school reunions. We had lost a member of our class to breast cancer right around her 50th birthday. Then at our reunion we discovered that we had a few breast cancer survivors present - - Debby Lawrence, Kathy Reilly, Carol Davis and Mary Ann Aukward. And Patty McMahon and Doris Conroy both had sisters who died from breast cancer or the metastasizing from breast cancer.
Jennifer had two colleagues who were going to do the Avon Walk in honor of a colleague who was dying from breast cancer. She got the information about the walk and sent out an invite to the attendeess of the high school reunion to determine if anyone wanted to participate in the Avon Walk to honor our classmates who had survived breast cancer and in memory of those who did not survive.
An interesting group formed from this call for the Avon Walk. Women from our class who didn't hang out together in high school became the Team Seton YA-YAs. And through our training walks and past six Avon Walks, we have become great friends, despite how different we are. The team includes Juli Cattaneo, Carol Davis, Patty McMahon, Doris Conroy, Trudy Smith, Jennifer Rothgeb. Patty and Doris had to eventually drop out because of ankle problems, but continue to be supportive to the team. This year we have a new team member who is also one of our fellow alums and a breast cancer survivor, Mary Anne Aukward. We are thrilled she has joined our team! (Our team this year is a bit smaller due to college graduations and a new grandchild due the weekend of the walk for one of our team members.) So we are down to just 4 walkers this year. We are small but mighty!
Juli's adult daughter, Sarah, joined our team for 4 of our past walks and Carol's adult daughter joined us on our walk in Charlotte in 2013. Our team has also grown to include two super young women who are best friends, Stephanie Bo and Sara Zimmerman. They provide us with lots of laughs and with motivation to keep up with them!
Trudy's husband became our Walker Stalker and each time provides all the support we might need. And Doris is now a massage therapist so it's great to have her on our support team!
After we walked the 2005 Avon Walk in DC, we decided that we wanted to continue to participate in the walks as more people we knew were struck with breast cancer. Because of the fundraising requirement, we didn't want to bug our family and friends too often since there are so many other causes folks support. So we decided we'd participate every other year and each year we would do the walk in a different city. So we've walked in '05, '07, '09, '11, '13, '15 and will walk again in May 2017 back in Washington DC.
So.... that's the story of how it all began and has continued for nearly twelve years. It's one of the positive results of our class reunions. There are many people with whom folks didn't have much in common as teenagers, but as adults we've discovered we have much in common.
We are grateful for all our supporters who have made us successful through the past 11 years and made it possible for us to participate in the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer. Hopefully one day in our lifetimes, it will be a disease we no longer need to fear.
You can make a donation to any team member by clicking on their name, and you’ll be taken to their personal page. If you'd prefer to write a check, just contact one of us and we'll send you the form and information.
Please check back here frequently to see how we're doing, and thanks in advance for your support!
About Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Launched in 1992, the Crusade is affiliated with the Avon Foundation for Women. The Crusade’s philanthropic commitment is to enable access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations, and to invest in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. Funding is awarded to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based breast health programs for awareness and education; screening and diagnosis; access to treatment; support services; and scientific research. For more information on the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, visit www.AVON39.org/ABCC.
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade's IRS tax-exempt number is: 20-5806345.