The survivors behind the Amgen Tour of California

We were thrilled to have Patrick Devinger represent the Cancer Support Community network of Affiliates and cancer survivors around the country at this year’s Amgen Tour California (ATOC). Here he is joined by Breakaway from Cancer George Hincappi. In 2008 at the age of 30, Patrick was fresh out of graduate school and two months into a new job when he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. He underwent extensive surgery that removed 30 percent of his tongue and most of the lymph nodes on the left side of his neck. He was lucky that the cancer was caught early, but the diagnosis was still tough emotionally. Patrick found overwhelming support and strength from family, friends, co-workers and The Wellness Community – San Francisco East Bay, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community. Patrick and his wife Molly found The Wellness Community after visiting the Breakaway from Cancer website. Through this process, Patrick says he truly learned there is no better time to fully embrace life that is waiting for you, than this very moment. Patrick and his wife, Molly, welcomed their first child, a son, in December 2009. Thanks go out to Patrick and The Wellness Community- San Francisco East Bay for joining us along the ATOC this year!

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