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Register for Amgenand#8217;s Breakaway Mile in North Lake Tahoe during Amgen Tour of California

Pettit Gilwee
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-Registration is now open for Amgenand#8217;s Breakaway Mile in North Lake Tahoe at the Village at Northstar, which will take place in conjunction with Stage 1 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California Sunday, May 15.

The Breakaway Mile is a walk to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide that ends at the North Lake Tahoe Amgen Tour of California finish line prior to the dayand#8217;s finish of the professional race. Participants not only have the opportunity to walk along the racecourse, 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 Village at Northstar. Online nominations were accepted from February 25 to March 25. One of the three Lake Tahoe finalists, Ruth Geresy, Stuart Jed and Alan Tolhurst will be selected and announced May 10.

The activities are part of Amgenand#8217;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 and#8211; 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.

Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer is Amgenand#8217;s national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer and#8212; 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 patientand#8217;s team of healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit

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 worldand#8217;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 scienceand#8217;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 peopleand#8217;s lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and vital medicines, visit