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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jessica Smart,
Release Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 3:15 PM

Registration Now Open for Amgen’s Breakaway Mile in Modesto during Amgen Tour of California

Vote for local Breakaway from Cancer Champion to Lead the Mile

Registration is now open for Amgen’s Breakaway Mile in Modesto, which will take place in conjunction with Stage 3 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California on Tuesday, May 17.


The Breakaway Mile is a walk to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide that ends at the Modesto Amgen Tour of California finish line prior to the day’s finish of the professional race.  Participants not only have the opportunity to walk along the race course, but also are invited to view the race action from a reserved area near the finish line complete with refreshments.  Each Breakaway Mile also features an Amgen scientist who plays a crucial role in developing breakthrough medicines.  Registration is limited to the first 150 people.  Sign up at


The Breakaway Mile also shines the spotlight on one special local person.  A local Breakaway from Cancer® Champion, who has made a positive impact and acted as an inspiration for those affected by cancer, will lead the Breakaway Mile through the Modesto community.  Online nominations were accepted from February 25 to March 25 to identify candidates and online voting is now available to select the local Breakaway from Cancer Champion.  Visit to vote.  Only one vote per person and online voting closes April 27.


The activities are part of Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, which represents a partnership between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the broad range of support services available to patients and caregivers – from prevention through survivorship.


Breakaway from Cancer Champions will be granted special access to the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, award a jersey to a professional cyclist, be recognized on stage, and lead the Breakaway Mile through their community.



About Breakaway from Cancer®

Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer® is Amgen’s national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship.  Through Breakaway from Cancer, Amgen has joined forces with four nonprofit partner organizations: Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community (formerly known as The Wellness Community), Patient Advocate Foundation, and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. These organizations offer a broad range of support services complementing those provided by a patient’s team of healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit


About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2011 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 course through the state from May 15-22.


About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab to manufacturing plant to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and vital medicines, visit