Thursday, June 23, 2005

Bristol-Myers Announces Cancer Advocate Team

PRINCETON, N.J. - A team of 24 cancer survivors, caregivers, researchers, nurses and physicians has been selected to ride from San Diego to Washington, DC this fall as members of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, marking the third year of the cross-country journey. Driven by their ties to cancer, this team of avid cyclists will cover 3,300 miles of American landscape in nine days to share their experiences and inspire those they meet along the way to learn more about cancer research. Six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will lead the Team at the kick-off in San Diego and into Washington, DC for the finale, and will join the Team at points along the route.

Selected by members of the cancer and cycling communities from a pool of nearly 1,100 applicants, the 2005 Tour of Hope Team is comprised of people from all walks of life. The diverse group includes healthcare professionals, an Army reservist, a biologist, educators, a realtor, a sports attorney, in addition to individuals from the restaurant, software, business and investment industries.

From Las Vegas, Becky Lamph, 37, is a thyroid cancer survivor whose daughter, Kelsey was diagnosed with cancer at 19 months of age. Becky and her husband decided to enroll Kelsey in a clinical trial, and are grateful for their daughter's survival and normal, happy life today. Kelsey is a first grader, and she and her sister join Becky in supporting many cancer organizations. Becky is a homemaker who previously worked as a teacher and coach.

The Team will kick off its journey on Thursday, Sept. 29 in San Diego, following a southern route that concludes in Washington, DC on Saturday, Oct. 8. Along the way, the Team will stop at events hosted by cancer centers and cancer organizations to encourage communities to support research and invite them to be a part of the fight against this disease.

The following cancer organizations are partners in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope(TM): The ASCO Foundation, CancerCare, Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, C-Change, the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups, Lance Armstrong Foundation, the National Cancer Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, and the Oncology Nursing Society. The Tour of Hope is also supported by the following sponsors: Dasani, Discovery Communications, Giro, Nike, Oakley, PowerBar, Shimano, Subaru, and Trek.

To learn more about the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope(TM) and how to get involved, visit http://www.tourofhope.org

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