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Media Contact: Vincent Joseph Dollard 03 October 2005
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Lance Armstrong's Tour of Hope Cycles Through Emory, Promoting Clinical Trials
On Wednesday, October 5, Lance Armstrong's Tour of Hope will arrive in Atlanta. The Tour of Hope is a 9-day, 3,300-mile cycling relay from San Diego to Washington, D.C. to inspire and inform the public about the importance of cancer research. This extraordinary team of 26 cyclists includes cancer survivors, caregivers, nurses, and physicians, all touched by cancer and all passionate about the vital need for more clinical trials.

The team will make a presentation at Centennial Olympic Park at an event beginning at 11:00, and from there begin their ride toward the Clifton Corridor, where they will cycle down Clifton Road, past the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University. They are expected to arrive at Emory around 12:45, and Emory staff and others on Clifton Rd. have been invited to cheer on the riders.

Clinical trials are the answer to the future for biomedical therapeutic and diagnostic advances, discovery of new drugs, devices, and procedures that lead to the treatment and cure of disease. Emory has almost 600 active clinical trials for conditions or diseases ranging from the rare to the common. Emory faculty members are dedicated to increasing the body of research knowledge and translating these findings to drugs, devices or procedures that will make a measurable impact on healthcare. Clinical trials offer participants the opportunity to be involved in important, cutting-edge research and to contribute to the body of knowledge that we need for future health advances.

Emory's Winship Cancer Institute is dedicated to educating patients and their families about new cancer treatment options in addition to the standard treatments that are available. Winship currently has nearly 80 clinical trials that are open for enrollment of patients who meet specific criteria as outlined in each clinical trial.

For more information about clinical trials at Emory, call Emory Health Connection at 404-778-7777 or visit www.emoryhealthcare.org/clinicaltrials or www.clinicaltrials.gov and search on "Emory." For more information about clinical trials at the Winship Cancer Institute, call toll-free 1-888-WINSHIP (946-7447).



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