Amgen's Steve Young, Marilyn Luma, and Bo Aldige

If you were watching the Amgen Tour of California coverage on Versus, you very likely saw Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn (Bo) Aldigé in Santa Cruz, CA presenting the yellow jersey to David Zabriskie, winner of Stage 3 of the tour!

Host City Events

Today was a special day on the Tour. In four cities they have a “Breakaway Mile”, a walk for cancer survivors and their supporters. We and our three other Breakaway from Cancer nonprofit partners each take the lead in one city, our city is Santa Cruz and we honored stamina and endurance today in the form of the Breakaway from Cancer Champion and the Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider.

Breakaway Honors

The Breakaway from Cancer Champion is found through a nomination process. Amgen then chooses a person to represent each host city, and to work with a designated nonprofit partner. Our city is Santa Rosa and our Champion is a very special woman from Watsonville, CA named Marilyn Luma. Marilyn is a 14-year survivor of breast cancer. When her results came back clear, she resolved to do something every year to fight the fight and encourage others affected by cancer.

She has been involved in many cancer and health groups, and has developed unique fundraising strategies including Tutus for Tatas. I had a chance to meet Marilyn; she’s a little firecracker and a wonderful person out there working for the cause of cancer prevention awareness and raising money for a cure for breast cancer.

Marilyn, as the Santa Cruz Breakaway from Cancer Champion, presented the Breakaway from Cancer Most Courageous Rider  jersey to Canadian Will Routley of Team Jelly Belly.

Supporting the Foundation through Breakaway

Interested in supporting Breakaway from Cancer? Text BREAKAWAY to 90999 to donate $10 to the cause!

Images from Santa Cruz (Photos by Andrew Tao.)

May 18, 2010 - Foundation Senior Director Lisa Hughes (L), Breakaway from Cancer Champion Marilyn Luma (C), and Amgen executive director of research Steve Young (R) and others walk the Breakaway Mile in Santa Cruz, CA.

May 18, 2010 - Amgen executive director of research Steve Young and Prevent Cancer Foundation Founder Carolyn Aldige present the Breakaway from Cancer Champion Marilyn Luma.

Marilyn Luma and Will Routley, Santa Cruz 2010

May 18, 2010 - Marilyn Luma presents Canadian Will Routley from Team Jelly Belly with the Most Courageous Rider jersey.