The 2010 Amgen Tour of California ended on a high note last Sunday on a sunny day in Thousand Oaks, CA. Hundreds of cancer survivors and caregivers participated in the “Breakaway Mile”, marching the last mile of Stage 8 waving flags and reveling in cheers from a crowd of thousands.
Leading the way in Thousand Oaks was cancer survivor and Breakaway from Cancer Champion, Steve Bartolucci. Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and a tumor in his abdomen in May 2000, Bartolucci has been in the fight against cancer for ten years. In 2003, Steve became a fundraiser and advocate for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and continues as a regional mentor for Team LiveSTRONG. He is also the leader of the LiveSTRONG Army of the Conejo Valley, and participates annually in the Breakaway from Cancer ride in Thousand Oaks. Steve dedicates his future toward maintaining a healthy lifestyle and helping those newly-diagnosed to navigate the path of cancer survivorship. In July 2008, Steve received his first clear scan, and is a great example of the “Attitude is Everything” mindset.Bartolucci was joined at the front of the group by Breakaway from Cancer supporter and Grey’s Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey.
CSC is honored and proud to be a community partner in the Breakaway from Cancer movement. The 2010 Amgen Tour of California has been an amazing experience – we’ve traveled to 16 cities, walked with hundreds of cancer survivors and caregivers as part of four Breakaway Mile marches, and distributed valuable resources, information and giveaways at the Breakaway from Cancer booth that empower and support cancer survivors, their families and caregivers. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on continued Breakaway from Cancer events throughout the year!