Monday, March 09, 2009

DC Avon Walk For Breast Cancer Expo--This Weekend At Nationals Park

In a continuing trend to help out those in need in the local community, Our Washington Nationals announced this afternoon a partnership with The DC Chapter of The Avon Walk For Breast Cancer. As a prelude to the DC Area event scheduled for the weekend of May 2 & 3rd--Nationals Park will host The Avon Walk Expo this Saturday--March 14th. Fundraising, walk preparation skills and health awareness will be on tap for this Major Yearly Event now involving Our Washington Nationals for the first time.

Team President Stan Kasten's wife, Helen, is a breast cancer survivor and will be The Guest Of Honor at The Avon Walk Expo at Nationals Park on March 14th.

Here is the complete press release from the team.


The Nationals Will Host The Avon Walk Expo on Saturday, March 14

The Washington Nationals today announced they have partnered with the 2009 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Washington, DC. As the Official Sports Team of the two-day trek (May 2 and 3), the Nationals will host the Avon Walk DC Expo at Nationals Park in March, provide a ticket fundraising opportunity for all participants and recognize walkers during a pre-game ceremony at the home game on Monday, May 4 vs. the Houston Astros. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, DC, one of nine Avon Walks this year, has since 2003 raised nearly $50 million for organizations and institutions conducting breast cancer research and providing treatment and care in the DC metro area and nationwide.

The Avon Walk Expo, which brings together registered and interested walkers and participants, will take place at Nationals Park on Saturday, March 14 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Registered walkers will learn what it takes to complete the 26 to 39 mile journey, meet other walkers and past participants, attend a fundraising clinic to learn the best way to reach their goal and gather information about preparation and what they’ll need on the day of the walk to succeed. Helen Kasten, wife of Nationals Team President Stan Kasten, will be the Guest of Honor at the Expo. Helen is a breast cancer survivor and is active in the community raising both funds and awareness for the cause.

“The Nationals are thrilled to partner with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Washington, DC,” said Chartese Burnett, Nationals Vice President of Communications and Community Relations. “We are committed to improving the lives of the residents of the D.C. Metropolitan Area through programs and partnerships such as this one. We are hopeful that our support of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, will help to raise awareness for the disease – and ultimately lead to a cure.”

All Washington, DC walkers will have the opportunity to sell Nationals tickets to help them reach their fundraising goal, which is a minimum of $1,800 per walker. The Nationals will offer discounted tickets to participants for three games, May 4 vs. the Houston Astros, May 20 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates and June 19 vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Walkers may purchase the tickets at this discounted rate and sell them for face value, or more, to their supporters, with the difference in the cost of the ticket going towards their fundraising goal. Additional information on the fundraising opportunity may be found at Funds raised by the Avon Walk support five areas of the breast cancer cause, including: awareness and education; screening and diagnosis; access to treatment; support services; and, scientific research, with a focus on support for the medically underserved.

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