Breakaway from Cancer Race, Walk and Fundraiser

Save the Date!

April 30th and May 1st, Dana Point, CA

Enough doom and gloom. It's time to celebrate life, hope, family, fitness and better days.

Celebrate? Mesothelioma? Are you kidding? What's to celebrate? Research is underfunded. Survival is tough. Treatment options are few. And most politicians, drug companies and titans of industry don't care.

Enough! The Pacific Meso Center cares. Amgen, one of the biggest biotech companies in the world, cares. The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation cares. These for and not-for profit players care enough to hold a cancer fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th, at the Dana Point Yacht Club

Against the backdrop of the breathtakingly beautiful Dana Point Harbor, the gala will feature a silent auction, inspiring speakers, great food, craft beer, music and a bevy of big name pro and amateur bike racers who will be on hand to talk up the benefits of discipline, exercise, diet and perseverance.

Breakaway from Cancer (BfC), the sponsor of the gala, is an initiative of Amgen, which you as you may know has been the title sponsor of the Tour of California, widely regarded as Super Bowl of Bike Races in the US the past 5 years.

BfC's analogy between bicycling and cancer survival is as succinct as it is compelling. As in bike racing, there are moments when the patient stands alone and muster all of his or her hope and courage to push onward. But, in the end, the success of a patient, as with a bike racer, is less about individual effort and more about teamwork.  To survive and thrive, cancer patients need the love, care and expertise of a team of doctors, scientists, caregivers, nutritionists, friends, and family. It takes a team.

The City of Dana Point also cares. They have opened up their beautiful downtown city streets to an all day series of pro-am bike race on Sunday May 1st. On a day sure to be loaded with highlights, the 5th Annual Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix will break new ground by showcasing its support of cancer survivorship with a first-ever "Breakaway" walk.

Cancer survivors, family, treaters and caregivers are invited to grace the final stretch of the criterium race course in a brisk and emotionally charged walk through the finish line. Chest out, chin up, lungs open, knees high! Bring your camera. Hold hands with your grandkids and create a lasting and empowering memory. For more on the Breakaway Walk, and how to participate, please click here.

The bike races are free. Tickets for the Breakaway from Cancer fundraiser are $35. Click here for details. All net proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Breakaway from Cancer initiative, the Pacific Meso Center, and the DPCCF. Stay tuned for a complete list of the exciting artwork, gifts, certificates and designer swag for sale at the auction.

Please join us. This will be an unforgettable experience that will combine sport and charity. On Saturday night, we will raise a toast to more and better life as we watch the sun dip down over the Pacific Ocean. On Sunday, put on your game face, whether it's to race your bike, walk the walk, or simply to spectate and support worthy charities.

"When you're down with an illness," said Roger Worthington, who will announce the bike race, "all you can think about is returning to normalcy - whether it's taking a walk, tending the garden, riding a bike or socializing with friends and family. The Breakaway events will give us a platform on which we will celebrate the simple joys that turn out to mean so much."

Cancer survivors, health advocates, bike racers and sports fans: this weekend's for you!

For more information about the Breakaway from Cancer Fundraiser, click here.

For more information about the Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix, click here.

Don't sit back -- attack!

For more information, or if you'd like to attend or donate a gift to the auction, please contact Clare Cameron, ED of the Pacific Meso Center, a division of the Pacific Heart Lung Blood Institute (a 501©(3), at 310-478-4678 or email her at ccameron@phlbi.org.

Special thanks to Karl Strauss Brewery and Sierra Nevada for donating beer for the gala and the bike race. Long live farm fresh, artisanal, excellent tasting and salubrious craft beer! And thanks to the hunky U.S. Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton who will be working the tap handles in the beer tent.

March 9, 2011