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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 7, 2008


Avon Foundation and U.S. Department of State Announce Public-Private Partnership

The U.S. State Department and the Avon Foundation are pleased to announce a public-private partnership to combat the worldwide burden of breast cancer. The 2008 Breast Cancer Global Congress will be held October 15, 2008 at the Department of State’s George C. Marshall Center in Washington, DC, and will include participants from over 40 countries representing all regions of the world.

Breast cancer clinicians and researchers, public health authorities, advocates, and survivors will convene to discuss the global burden of breast cancer, awareness programs, and recent developments in screening and treatment. Participants will include those taking part in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as well as the Avon Foundation’s partners and staff members involved in the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade.

For more information on the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its programs, please visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/.

Press Contact:
Darlene Kirk, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 202-203-7616

The Avon Foundation
The Avon Foundation is a public charity founded in 1955, and today is a leader in the fight against breast cancer, awarding funds for breast cancer education and awareness; screening and diagnosis; access to treatment; support services; and medical research. Avon Products, Inc. is the largest corporate supporter of the breast cancer cause. Since the launch of the groundbreaking Avon Breast Cancer Crusade in 1992, Avon and the Avon Foundation have together mobilized hundreds of thousands of people and raised and awarded $585 million in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.avonfoundation.org.

International Visitor Leadership Program
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds and administers the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Participants are established or potential foreign opinion makers in government, public policy, media, education, labor, the arts, and other key fields. International Visitors come to the United States to meet with their professional counterparts and to gain an appreciation of the ethnic, cultural, political, and socio-economic diversity of the U.S. In 2007, over 4,000 International Visitors participated in IVLP. In Washington, DC, those International Visitors participating in the breast cancer program will meet with public health and legislative officials before traveling to other parts of the country. Groups will travel to Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Dearborn, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa, where they will visit medical centers, hospitals, and public health departments, and participate in outreach events including the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Tampa.

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