Eight cancer care professionals are among the 20 cyclists selected by cancer community leaders to join Lance Armstrong in this year's Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope. A total of 1,200 people applied to bike across mountains and over plains around the clock—relaying some 3,500 miles from Los Angeles to Washington, DC—with the goal of inspiring and informing the public about the importance of cancer clinical trials.
The Team will depart Los Angeles on October 1 and be joined by Lance Armstrong at points along the way before being welcomed in Washington, DC, on October 9. Throughout their journey, the Team will stop at cancer centers to encourage people to sign the Cancer Promise, a personal commitment to learn more about cancer and the benefit of cancer clinical trials.
The following cancer organizations are partners in the Tour: CancerCare, C-Change, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Among those participating are:
▪ Andrea Glassberg, MD, PhD, a pulmonary and critical care fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, where her research focuses on patients' motives for becoming involved in clinical trials, with the hope of encouraging more people to participate.
▪ Brandon Hayes-Lattin, MD, a hematologist/oncologist at Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute and a six-year testicular cancer survivor.
▪ Brian Highhouse, RN, an oncology nurse at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center who has cared for several close family members with cancer, including his wife.
▪ Erika Rosettie, RN, an oncology nurse at the Guthrie Cancer Center in Corning, NY, who in the past year has seen her father-in-law die of prostate cancer and her uncle struggle with leukemia.
▪ Neil Shah, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Hematology and Oncology at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, where he is studying a new drug for leukemia.
▪ Joseph Steele, MD, of Englewood, CO, an interventional radiologist who specializes in minimally invasive cancer surgery, who was diagnosed last fall with testicular cancer.
▪ Robert Stuart, MD, founder of the clinical trials program and bone marrow transplant unit at Medical University of South Carolina. His wife received a life-saving bone marrow transplant as part of a clinical trial, and he is himself a survivor of kidney cancer.
▪ Ted Yang, MD, of Greater Houston Radiation Oncology Associates, whose grandfather's death from lung cancer inspired him to become a cancer physician.