On a bright fall day in Oregon, 3,500 cyclists, cancer survivors and their loved ones together raised more than $1.3 million for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) through the LIVESTRONG(TM) Ride. Proceeds will support the LAF's efforts to help people with the physical, emotional and practical challenges of cancer.
The LIVESTRONG Ride Portland took place on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2006, at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton. About 3,500 riders and 1,500 event volunteers joined seven-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong at the inaugural event. LIVESTRONG Ride participants from 30 U.S. states and Canada raised awareness and funds to support the LAF's mission to inspire and empower people affected by cancer through advocacy, education, public health and research.
Funds raised by LIVESTRONG Ride participants will help the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Cancer Institute launch a state-of-the-art young adult survivorship center to serve the needs of a population that has long been overlooked. The OHSU Cancer Institute intends to build the infrastructure to provide cancer care for young adults, for whom improvement in survival rates has lagged behind their younger and older peers. Funds will also be dedicated to LAF programs that help people living with cancer.
Honorary chairs of the LIVESTRONG Ride are Craig Nichols, M.D., LAF board member, associate director for clinical research in the OHSU Cancer Institute and head of the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology in the OHSU School of Medicine; and Philip H. Knight, co-founder and chairman of Nike.
Nike is the presenting sponsor of the LIVESTRONG Ride. National sponsors include 24 Hour Fitness, AMD, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dasani, Discovery Communications, PowerBar, Shiner, Subaru and Trek. Local sponsors include 94/7fm alternative portland, 97.1 Charlie FM, 99.5 The Wolf, 1080 The Fan, Bike Gallery, Chipotle, Red Diamond, Flowerbud.com, Lufthansa, Metro West, North West Cancer Specialists, the Oregonian, Subway, Trek Travel, U-Haul and Workflow.
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) believes that in your battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis we provide the practical information and tools you need to live life on your own terms. We serve our mission through public health, advocacy, research and education, including the LIVESTRONG(TM) Resource for Cancer Survivors. The LAF was founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and is located in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.livestrong.org" livestrong.org.
About the OHSU Cancer Institute
The OHSU Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center between Sacramento and Seattle. It comprises some 120 clinical researchers and basic scientists who work together to translate scientific understanding into longer and better lives for Oregon's cancer patients. In the lab, basic scientists examine cancer to uncover molecular abnormalities that cause disease. This basic science is empowered by more than 200 open clinical trials that test in patients what's been proved in the laboratory. Visit ohsucancer.com for more information about the OHSU Cancer Institute.