In 2007, the BreastFest of Champions Avon Walk Team was formed by team captain Brigid Tuley, a survivor who was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2006. After eight intense treatments of chemo, several surgeries, 33 radiation therapy treatments, many lab/doctor visits, and tears, she was ready to take her treatment/therapy battle cry (KSCA - Kicking Some Cancer A--) to the next stage - fundraising.
Since that first team in 2007, she has led a team each year in the annual Chicago Avon Walk: 26.2 days the first day, 13.1 miles the second day, by walking alongside thousands of women and men committed to defeating this disease. The strength of our team, which includes other survivors (Gretchen Polenzani, Gemina Petruzzelli, Julie Kazmer Finney and Kim Pavel), has been only possible through the generous support from family members, friends and sponsors. Brigid's teams over the years have committed themselves to the cause and have raised over $381,000 towards the fight against Breast Cancer. This continual support motivates us each year in our common goal of ending this disease.
During the months leading up to the 2017 walk, we will train for the 39.3 mile walk and continue to fundraise as Avon requires that each team member raise a minimum of $1,800. Stay tuned to team news via our Facebook team page.