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Leonardtown, Maryland - A four-women Home Builders, Inc., (HBI) team, Lynn Smithburger, JoAnn Beck, Charli Beck and Rhonda Crafton laced up their sneakers and walked over 20 miles to raise $8,700 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer held recently in Washington, D.C. The team was among more than 2,200 participants that helped the Washington, D.C. Avon Walk raise more than $5.2 million for breast cancer.



“Awareness and screening are critical in surviving breast cancer. We wanted to raise as much money as we could,” says Smithburger. “I feel good knowing that the funds our team raised will help women receive early detection.”

The Avon Walk in Washington, D.C., was one of eight events in a series of weekend fundraising walks taking place from April to October 2005 to help raise awareness and funds for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. The walks are non-competitive and structured for walkers of various fitness levels with a choice of completing a marathon walk (26.2 miles) or a marathon and a half (39.1 miles) over Saturday and Sunday.

Funds donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer are managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation. The group provides grant funding for breast cancer awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, treatment, support services, and scientific research. Beneficiaries range from leading cancer centers to community-based non-profit breast health programs in the vicinities of each Avon Walk event and nationwide.

In 2005, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer in the United States, and in excess of 40,000 deaths attributed to the disease. Since there is no known cure for breast cancer, awareness, education and early detection are the best defenses against the disease. According to the ACS, there is a 97 percent survival rate when breast cancer is caught early, before it spreads to other parts of the body. Breast cancer also occurs in men and this year an estimated 1,700 new cases will be diagnosed. 

Home Builders, Inc., with offices in Leonardtown, develops communities throughout southern Maryland. Their development of highly desirable, private estate communities, combined with their finely crafted homes has given them the distinction of being one of the most sought-after builders in St. Mary’s County. Current communities include “St. James” and “The Crossings at Riverside Farms” along with a furnished model home in “The Hidden Trails at Park Pines.”

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