THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen today announced that four individuals who have made a difference for others affected by cancer in their communities have been selected as Breakaway from Cancer® Champions. They will be honored at the seventh consecutive edition of the Amgen Tour of California as part of Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer initiative. The Amgen Tour of California is America's largest and most prestigious road cycling stage race, which will travel nearly 750 miles throughout California from May 13 – 20, 2012.
The four Breakaway from Cancer Champions were selected following a public call for nominations in four of this year's host finish cities, followed by an online voting campaign that concluded in April. The 2012 Breakaway from Cancer Champions are:
- Santa Rosa – Marc Van Riper for co-founding Kathy's Camp for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the children of cancer patients. Kathy's Camp for Kids is a place where fear of cancer is replaced with fun, friendship and encouragement.
- Livermore – Two-time testicular cancer survivor Bob Hammer for founding the "Have a Ball" Foundation, which has raised more than $1,000,000 since its start and benefits 20 cancer organizations, sends kids with cancer to camps and has established and granted scholarships for students.
- Clovis – Susan Mott for acting as a tireless advocate for awareness and fundraising for blood cancers. Specifically, Susan has raised money and organized blood drives for her toddler granddaughter, Madyn, who was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2011.
- Los Angeles – Cancer survivor Danielle
McLaughlin for her work advocating for young adults with cancer
and her extraordinary accomplishments as a paratriathlete. Danielle
is currently the National