La Mirada Resident to Walk 39.3 Miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 18:11

La Mirada~Tammy Ostrowski of La Mirada will join thousands of women and men in the upcoming Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Santa Barbara, raising funds and awareness that will help defeat breast cancer and support those facing the disease.  She is on the team The Pink Ribbon Gemz and together they will participate in the non-competitive event.  Each walker will complete a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the weekend of September 6-7th.

“Every year, thanks to thousands of participants like Tammy, we are able to save lives by providing significant funds for vital breast cancer research as well as access to care, screening, support services and education,” said Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women, the public charity that produces the events.  “For the past decade, tens of thousands of dedicated women and men took personal action to help others through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. We are truly inspired by our participants’ passion and enthusiasm.”

The Avon Walk Santa Barbara is one of eight weekend walks taking place in 2014.  The complete 2014 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer schedule includes: Houston (April 12-13), Washington, DC (May 3-4), Boston (May 17-18), Chicago (May 31 -June 1), San Francisco (July 12-13),  Santa Barbara, Calif. (September 6-7), New York City, (October 18-19), and Charlotte, N.C. (October 25-26).

Tammy was inspired to take part in the Avon Walk Santa Barbara because she wanted to make a difference, “This will be my 3rd year walking and the first year with The Pink Ribbon Gemz. The first year was to challenge myself and I walked every bit of the 39.3 miles. I was so inspired by hearing all the stories from people walking and cheering us on I knew I would be walking again and again and again, for as long as I’m able.

As I prepared for my second Avon walk I learned several women I knew (Baseball mom, my sons first grade teacher, Girl Scout mom) was fighting this disease. I was even more determined to walk and raise awareness and funds needed to help in the fight against breast cancer. This year I am not walking alone I am proud to be a part of The Pink Ribbon Gemz team and I’m walking for all the girls in my life.”

Tammy has set a fundraising goal of $1,800.  To support Tammy’s fundraising campaign, donations can be sent to Funds raised by Tammy and the thousands of other Avon Walk participants are awarded by the Avon Foundation for Women, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to help make sure anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis gets the care they need regardless of their ability to pay, and to help fund breast cancer research.  For a complete list of Avon Foundation for Women funding, visit

The Avon Walk series, the Avon Foundation’s largest fund-raising event, comprises eight non-competitive weekend fund-raising walks for all fitness levels that require a significant commitment from participants. Each walker is required to raise at least $1,800 in donations and to prepare physically for the event, which offers the option of walking a marathon (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over a weekend. Among the nearly 15,000 participants in 2013 were men and women of all ages, from nearly every state and several countries, including more than 2,000 breast cancer survivors. This large, diverse group was united by their shared desire to eradicate breast cancer and help those touched by the disease.

Often described as a “life-changing weekend,” the Avon Walk weekend kicks off with an inspiring opening ceremony on Saturday morning, followed by walking up to a marathon that day. Tammy Ostrowski will spend the night at the Avon Walk “Wellness Village,” a “tent city” with two-person pink tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment, and activities. On Sunday, all walkers complete the final 13.1-mile leg of their journey, culminating in a moving closing ceremony during which the Avon Foundation presents local grants to leading breast cancer care and research organizations so funds immediately benefit the community. The Avon Foundation also awards hundreds of additional grants to breast cancer research and access programs across the country.

For more information or to register for an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit or call 888-541-WALK.



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