Walk the Walk is the UK's largest grant-making breast cancer charity and has raised in excess of £120 million through their power walking events.
Breast Cancer Now is enormously grateful to the longstanding and vital support we have received from Walk the Walk for over 20 years. The generous funding we receive from Walk the Walk has enabled Breast Cancer Now to continue the ground-breaking work of our legacy charities. The incredible support of Walk the Walk has led to many of the biggest achievements in breast cancer research including the creation of a national tissue bank, the development of PARP inhibitor drugs and the launch of LEGACY – our pioneering secondary breast cancer pilot study.
Our partnership with Walk the Walk makes such a significant difference to securing the future of our research, which in turn is changing what a breast cancer diagnosis means for women, men and their families.
Walk the Walk: how it all started
In 1996, Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk the Walk Worldwide, led a group of 13 women, wearing decorated bras, as they power walked the New York City Marathon raising £25,000. Nina donated this wonderful £25,000 to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, one of Breast Cancer Now’s legacy charities, beginning our incredible 20 year partnership with Walk the Walk. Two months after the New York City Marathon, Nina was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nina continued to power walk to keep positive during her treatment and this was the starting point for Walk the Walk and the famous MoonWalks.
Nina and the Walk the Walk trustees are passionate about granting Walk the Walk funds to research and also to helping improve the lives of people who are living with cancer now. The grants have been used to support a diverse range of projects that all together will take us forward from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where everybody diagnosed with the disease survives.
Power walking specialists
Walk the Walk specialises in power walking challenges ranging from family 10k distances, to 100k and everything in-between.
Almost half a million women, men and children have completed Walk the Walk challenges.
Each year, thousands of women and men dress in Walk the Walk’s brightly decorated bras and follow routes around the streets of London, Edinburgh and Iceland to take part in The MoonWalk.
It’s not just the MoonWalk, supporters can get involved and join the teams which take on marathons and trails all over the world, including: New York, Peru, Nijmegen, Dublin and Berlin. Walk the Walk also organise the incredible Arctic Challenge – a 26.2 mile backcountry skiing marathon in the far north of Lapland.
Walk the Walk are truly passionate about encouraging women and men to become healthier through power walking and taking responsibility for their own well-being.
We are truly grateful to Walk the Walk, Nina and all those amazing men and women taking part in these exciting challenges to raise money for vital breast cancer research. Walk the Walk’s continued support of our work will help us to achieve our goal together, that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live – and live well.
The people behind the science
Over the last 20 years Walk The Walk have generously funded a variety of our pivotal research projects.
Read our interviews with the people behind the science - made possible by such outstanding support.