A new Avon Foundation for Women grant to the Mass General Cancer Center continues a collaboration to bolster breast cancer research and extend related care.

The prestigious Avon Foundation for Women recently awarded a $750,000 grant to the Mass General Cancer Center in the latest chapter of a collaboration created more than a decade ago to bolster breast cancer research and extend related care to underserved patients throughout the Boston area.

The grant will support breast cancer research investigating the connection between pregnancy and the risk of the disease. It also will fund community health programs aimed at raising breast cancer awareness and extending care to communities where vulnerable women experience barriers to care. Mass General will continue to provide breast cancer care to low-income women at the Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center, located at MGH. In addition, it will now support care programs at the MGH community clinics in Chelsea, Mattapan, Geiger Gibson, Neponset and Harbor Hyannis.

Since 2001, Avon has provided the Mass General Cancer Center with more than $22 million in funding for breast cancer research and access to care for underserved patients.

Since 1992, the foundation’s Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working worldwide to help prevent, treat, and ultimately eradicate the disease. With more than $780 million raised and donated to breast cancer programs around the world through 2012, the crusade has programs in 58 countries.

More than $22 Million For Breast Cancer Research and Care

MGH has received funding from Avon since 2001. That year, Bruce Chabner, MD, director of Clinical Research at the Mass General Cancer Center, secured a grant to support the hospital’s efforts to encourage early detection and complete care for medically underserved breast cancer patients in the Boston community.

Since then, Avon has provided the Mass General Cancer Center with more than $22 million in funding for breast cancer research and access to care for underserved patients. The cancer center has become an Avon Foundation Breast Care Center of Excellence. It specializes in cutting-edge diagnoses that allow caregivers to precisely determine the most effective course of treatment for every individual breast cancer patient.

As Boston’s “Center of Excellence,” Mass General serves as the medical sponsor for the annual Avon Walk Boston. It provides staff and resources for the walk’s event medical area and route medical crew. This year’s 11th annual Avon Walk Boston, held in May, raised more than $4 million to fund advances in breast cancer research, prevention and access to care.

To learn more about how you can support breast cancer research or community health initiatives at Mass General, please contact us.