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Patient Advocate Foundation Partners with Breakaway from Cancer, Raising Awareness and Funds for Free Services Available to Cancer Patients

PAF Selected as Charitable Partner for National Initiative as Part of 2009 Amgen Tour of California Cycling Competition and Fundraiser

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) - a national non-profit organization that provides patient services to tens of thousands of patients every year who are unable to obtain access to care because of financial or insurance denials - is pleased to partner with Breakaway from Cancer, a national fundraising and educational initiative founded by Amgen in 2005 to raise awareness of the important resources available to cancer patients including prevention, education, patient care, advocacy and financial support.

"Patient Advocate Foundation is proud to partner in the 2009 Breakaway from Cancer initiative as those affected by this disease are recognized for both the hardships and victories associated with their diagnosis and treatment," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation. "As cancer remains the primary disease served by PAF, we recognize the importance of education, awareness and full support for patients as we work with them to 'break away' from the disease and improve their quality of life."

Breakaway from Cancer was created by Amgen as a complementary component to the company's sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California, a world-class professional cycling competition now in its fourth year. This year, Lance Armstrong has come out of retirement to race again as the leading cyclist. In addition to supporting the patient programs and services offered by Patient Advocate Foundation, this year's Breakaway from Cancer will also raise funds to support the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Prevent Cancer Foundation and The Wellness Community. Additional nonprofit partners in the initiative include The Lance Armstrong Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer and the Wellness Community.

On Saturday, February 14th, the world's top professional teams began their competition in the Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento. After a nine-day, 800-mile race on a route that included the California redwoods, wine country and the Pacific Coast, they approached the final stop today in Escondido. Throughout the race, in honor of cancer survivors everywhere with the spotlight on one special local survivor, Amgen created the Breakaway Mile -- an honorary one-mile bike ride which took place this year at the finish line in Santa Rosa, Modesto, Paso Robles and Escondido, prior to the stage conclusion of the professional race. Each Breakaway Mile featured a local cancer survivor and an Amgen scientist who played a crucial role in developing breakthrough medicines, as well as the survivor's caregivers, family members, health care professionals and other supporters in their fight against cancer.

"Upon receiving a cancer diagnosis, it is critical for patients to know that they are not alone in this fight - they have countless supporters at the ready to help them through this challenging time," said Davenport-Ennis. "Breakaway from Cancer - and its bringing together of patients, family members, researchers, advocates and many others - demonstrates this all-embracing support for patients, and we at PAF are so inspired by and proud to be a part of this community represented here today."

For more information about Patient Advocate Foundation, please visit or call toll free (800) 532-5274.

Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.

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