Tour of Hope™ to Go the Distance for Cancer Research

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
Wednesday, 9 June 2004

Tour of Hope Team to Cycle Across Country in Eight Days

Twenty cyclists have been selected by Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation and other cancer community leaders to join cancer survivor and five-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hopetm this fall. Almost 1,200 people applied to bike across mountains and over plains around the clock – relaying nearly 3,500 miles from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. – to inspire and inform the public about the importance of cancer clinical trials.

The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation supports the effort as a Tour of Hope partner.

The extraordinary Team is comprised of cancer researchers, nurses and physicians, caregivers and, like Lance Armstrong, cancer survivors. Representing 18 states, these men and women come from all walks of life and, in addition to being avid cyclists, they share a passion for cancer clinical trials through their personal and professional experiences with the disease. Team members include oncology nurses and physicians, a fire fighter, an architect, a retired Air Force colonel and two teachers.

The Team will depart Los Angeles on October 1 and reach Washington, D.C., for a triumphant finish with Lance on October 9. As they relay ride around the clock and across the country, Team members will share their inspiring personal stories and their passion for cancer research. Lance Armstrong will join them at several points along the way and will welcome them to Washington, D.C., with a grand finale celebration, fundraising ride and educational health fair on October 9 on the Ellipse.

"The Tour of Hope Team epitomizes this country's spirit and drive to find better and more effective treatments for cancer through clinical trials," said Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation. "The Team's energy and passion will bring to life for America what we all know to be true – cancer research is our hope for the future."

The Tour of Hope Team will encourage everyone to show their support for cancer research by signing the Cancer Promise. More than 40,000 people signed the Cancer Promise last year, making a commitment in honor of their loved ones to learn more about the importance of cancer research. Visit www.tourofhope.org today to sign the Cancer Promise.

"I consider myself a cancer survivor because of the people before me who participated in clinical trials and paved the way for future cancer survivors," said Lance Armstrong, who – more than seven years after being diagnosed with advanced cancer – is going for his sixth consecutive Tour de France title this July. "The Tour of Hope Team members are incredible and each of them is an inspiration to me. Together, we will spread the message that clinical trials are a viable option and, in many cases, the best option."

Funds raised at the Washington, D.C., ride and during the event will benefit Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation and other Tour of Hope partners. Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation joins the following organizations as a Tour of Hope partner: CancerCare, C-Change, the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups, Lance Armstrong Foundation, the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and the Oncology Nursing Society.

About the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation

The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF) was started in 1985 when Founder and President Carolyn Aldigé first understood the power of prevention to defeat cancer – and recognized that too few of the country's resources were used to promote cancer prevention research or education. Today, it is one of the nation's leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $60 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research and education programs. CRPF peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 250 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies.

For more information, or to contact Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, see their website at: www.preventcancer.org

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