BHOP News November 2013


Dear Avon BHOP Grantees,

It has been a busy time for breast cancer awareness and we want to take this opportunity to recognize all the great work being accomplished by our Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) grantees! Thank you for your hard work and ongoing commitment to the cause.

At the Avon BHOP Coordinating Center, we have been busy with the 2014 competitive grant application process and announcement of 2014 funding decisions.  Unfortunately, we were not able to fund many of the deserving agencies that applied for grants.  With private funding often limited, we are hoping that with the advent of the new health care reform there will be increased opportunities to support breast health initiatives.

We also have several research projects underway, and are revising the 2014 Client Intake Form. The Avon Foundation for Women was quite busy hosting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer across the country, encouraging and promoting more collaboration with the Safety Nets and BHOP programs, and developing two new alliances to support improving the lives of women! We invite you to read more about what we have been doing as we celebrate our 14 year milestone educating over 11 million people about breast cancer nationwide. We salute you for all that you do!

Thank you for your continued partnership, and happy holidays.



For those of you who have participated, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a moving event that simply cannot be described by words alone. The Walk is both an individual and group effort; while walkers must tap into their inner reservoirs of strength to complete the walk, they are replenished by the support of strangers cheering them on. Watching the commitment and enthusiasm of walkers and those supporting them along the entire route is an emotional experience for all involved. Read More.


The rollout of the ACA has begun and we’re hopeful that most of the 31 million uninsured Americans will become insured. But there is one segment of our population that will not gain insurance coverage under ACA, undocumented immigrants. To learn more about how being undocumented affects women being served by two of our BHOP grantees, click here.


The Avon Foundation for Women, the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Center for Advancing Innovation launched a start-up challenge to advance breast cancer biomedical inventions. As part of this partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women will fund $250,000 in grants to launch the Breast Cancer Start-up Challenge aimed at teams of business, legal, medical/scientific, engineering, and computer science students, as well as seasoned entrepreneurs. Read More.


Did you know that up to 30% of early stage cancer patients will have a recurrence, often many years after being diagnosed? When breast cancer comes back, it can spread to the bones, liver, lungs, and even to the brain. While current treatments can't offer a cure, they can prolong life—but not in all patients. That is why 15 leading cancer charities and advocacy organizations have joined forces to form the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, which aims to transform and improve the lives of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. Read More.


As seen in earlier newsletters, Avon BHOP has shared and contributed to some of the amazing research that the Avon Foundation has funded. To learn more about disparities and their impact on breast health, click here.