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Vote for local Breakaway from Cancer Champion

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Registration is now open for Amgen’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 on 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 day’s finish of the professional race.

Participants have the opportunity to walk along the racecourse and 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.

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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 Feb. 25 to March 25 to identify candidates and online voting is now available to select the local Breakaway from Cancer Champion. There are three Lake Tahoe finalists: Ruth Geresy, Stuart Jed and Alan Tolhurst. Visit to vote. Only one vote per person and online voting closes today.

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.

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