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Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Expected to Bring in $4-Million at Santa Barbara Area Fundraiser

One of the larger fundraisers in the battle against breast cancer takes place in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria this weekend. The Avon walk for Breast Cancer event returns for two days.

2000 walkers are expected to hit the street and beach course that will cover about 39 miles and take them through neighborhoods, and scenic sites where others might be enjoying their weekend in other says. This group will bypass barbecue gatherings, and garden parties, to walk on, and raise money for services and research in the battle against breast cancer.

“They are walking for someone who they have lost to breast cancer someone who is fighting it right now. Maybe they are fighting it right now, so they have come all over the country but all for the same reason,” said Caggiano.

They know the need.
Someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes in the country.

“I worked at a school in Danville and the principal and vice principal were diagnosed within two weeks of each other, and that was my first walk seven years ago,” said Cynthia Reindle, a veteran walker.

A large stage at Chase Palm Ppark will be part of the kick off party, but the leg work is up to those who raised $1800. each to be on the walk.

Men have stepped up to help with the cause as well, and realize they too, face breast cancer risks. “It’s a human concern, for people,” said Mark Cohen who is supporting his friends and family members in the walk. He has been working out five miles a day on weekends to prepare for this fundraiser.

“We’re a bunch of strangers but for one weekend we are one family and we are working and walking together to help end this disease,” said Caggiano.

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