alpha Kappa Delta Phi strives to give back to the community. Our national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness. Breast cancer has affected many women’s lives in the past years. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, and one out of eight American women who live to be 85 years of age will develop breast cancer, a risk that was one out of 14 in 1960. Men are also at risk for this disease.
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade raises funds and awareness for breast cancer researchand to advance access to care, with a focus on the medically underserved. From its launch in 1992, Avon’s Global Breast Cancer Crusade has expanded to more than 55 countries and by the end of 2009 had raised and awarded more than $640 million. Grants are made in five areas: breast cancer education and awareness, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services and scientific research. The largest source of funds for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade is the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
The Avon Walks are non-competitive weekend fundraising walks for all fitness levels. Since the launch of the series in 2003, more than $320 million has been raised through the dedication of over 120,000 participating women and men. The Walks take place in 9 cities, covering 39 miles in two days, and raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.
Progress has been made but there is still a new diagnosis of breast cancer in the U.S. every 3 minutes. The Avon Foundation for Women supports research to accelerate knowledge about the causes, diagnosis, treatments, and ways to prevent breast cancer. It works to facilitate research collaborations and to identify and fund new research directions. The Foundation also supports efforts to ensure the best quality of care for all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
The mission of alpha Kappa Delta Phi’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is three-fold:
- To raise funds on a national level to contribute to a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer
- To dedicate at least one Service Event per chapter/colony to Breast Cancer Awareness in October
- To develop a comprehensive page on our national website that provides links to breast cancer resources
In 1998, alpha Kappa Delta Phi launched its first-ever National Service project. Through our 22 chapter effort, we dedicated the year of 1998-99 to Breast Cancer Awareness by educating ourselves, our college campuses, and our communities. Through the efforts of our active sisters and alumnae, we have raised over $250,000 throughout the years for breast cancer research. In addition to raising funds, awareness is spread on all our campus communities through service projects, workshops, informational booths, or forums.
At our chapter, we hold numerous events to raise funds for awareness. These events include the Think Pink Food Festival, a BCA Date Auction, club parties, restaurant fundraisers, and more. For more information, please contact our VP Service, Brenda Chiang.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi is a proud exclusive partner of Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.