Pasadena is the place to be on Saturday, as celebrities including Ginnifer Goodwin, Luke Wilson and Greg Grunberg will be appearing to watch Lance Armstrong ride in at the AMGEN Tour of California, on behalf of Breakaway from Cancer and Stand Up To Cancer.
Lance is currently at 6th place in the standings. Levi Leipheimer is currently in the lead.
The largest cycling event in America, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding, recently expanded, 800-mile course from Sacramento to Escondido from February 14-22, 2009.
Founded in 2005, Breakaway from Cancer continues to raise awareness and funds to support valuable services and programs, provided free of charge, that help people living with cancer. The initiative was created by Amgen as a complementary component to the company’s sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California. This year, the initiative continues to support the important programs and tools offered by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and The Wellness Community.
New developments in the laboratory are revealing the way cancer begins, progresses and spreads. Stand Up To Cancer is founded on the belief that now, more than ever, there is sufficient knowledge of the basic science of cancer, and that the technologies are finally available to translate this knowledge into real advances in treatment and prevention. Today’s cancer scientists are on the verge of life-saving discoveries. But what they desperately need are the funds required to mount an all-out assault. Stand Up To Cancer is dedicated to providing this much needed new source of cancer research funding.
Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative approach to research is designed to eliminate barriers that have traditionally inhibited creativity and collaboration by enabling the best and brightest investigators from leading institutions across the country and internationally to work together. These collaborative “Dream Teams” will pursue the most promising research, accelerating the discovery of new therapies for cancer patients and advancing efforts in cancer prevention research. Stand Up To Cancer monies will also be used for some high-risk, high-impact cancer research proposals, which are often not supported by conventional funding sources
A biotechnology pioneer with a mission to serve patients, AMGEN applies insights into human biology to discover, develop, manufacture and deliver innovative medicines. Since 1980, Amgen’s scientific and medical discoveries have brought new treatments for cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses.
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