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|Posted: Fri May 18, 2007 9:14 pm Post subject: Avon and Avon Foundation (Various)
|Avon and Avon Foundation Announce New Funding Initiatives to
Empower Women and to Prevent Breast Cancer
Avon Products. Inc. ( http://www.avon.com ) and the Avon Foundation ( http://www.avonfoundation.org ) have announced two unique initiatives, both publicly presented for the first time at the Avon Global Summit for a Better Tomorrow at the United Nations, which marked the eve of International Women's Day.
1) Avon Products, Inc. launched the Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund ( http://www.avon.com/hellotomorrowfund ). Every week for a year, commencing April 2007, the Hello Tomorrow Fund will award $5,000 to a U.S. individual to help realize a program, project, or idea to empower women in one of three areas: business development, community service, or awareness and outreach.
Women and men are eligible to apply. Application submission and selection of winners will be organized in a quarterly cycle. One winner will be publicly announced every Tuesday through the Hello Tomorrow Web site beginning April 17, 2007, and profiles of the winners will be featured on the Web site. Similar programs are being launched by Avon in eighteen countries worldwide throughout 2007, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Applications and guidelines are available at the pro- gram's Web site.
2) The Avon Foundation launched two international breast cancer research funding programs totaling $7.25 million to advance prevention and provide more readily accessible early detection modalities. The new programs aim to improve access to early detection for women around the world and to prevent disease metastasis and recurrence in women with breast cancer. The Avon Foundation will award $2.25 million to establish the Inter- national Breast Cancer Research Center and Metastatic Tumor Bank at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The second program is a $5 million Breast Cancer Prevention Research Initiative aimed at developing novel techniques to detect breast cancer.
The foundation seeks to fund projects that will apply the knowl- edge gained from recent research into the genetics and biomarkers of breast cancer to develop a novel diagnostic test to detect the earliest changes in a breast that are precursors to breast cancer.
The new diagnostic test should be able to detect changes that are unable to be detected by mammography, and should also be non-invasive, inexpensive, and intended for utilization by women throughout the world who do not have access to mammography or other screening modalities. The complete RFP is available at the Avon Foundation Web site.