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Five Californians Selected as Breakaway from Cancer® Champions to be Honored During Amgen Tour of California
Date:5/10/2011

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen today announced that five inspirational cancer survivors who have made a difference for others affected by cancer in their communities have been selected as Breakaway from Cancer Champions as part of Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer initiative.

The five Breakaway from Cancer Champions were selected following a public call for nominations and online voting earlier this year. The 2011 Breakaway from Cancer Champions are:

  • North Lake Tahoe – Pancreatic cancer survivor Stuart Jed works to raise awareness and advocate for research and legislation for cancer by speaking at local venues and supporting national pancreatic cancer fundraisers.
  • Sacramento – Acute myeloid leukemia survivor Prakashni Shandil mentors others battling cancer.  Prakashni volunteers to speak to cancer patients regarding her own disease and survival, and acts as a valuable resource for patients who are considering blood and marrow transplants.
  • Modesto – Breast cancer survivor Leona Delos Reyes was diagnosed 21 years ago and is on her sixth round battling cancer, this time with liver and bone cancer. She has extensive involvement in the Modesto cancer community as an active participant, volunteer, fundraiser, and inspiration.
  • Paso Robles – Brain cancer survivor Deleena Rankin's perseverance, faith, and determination inspires and motivates everyone around her.  Diagnosed in November 2010, Deleena has been left with limited eyesight, but she continues to remain committed to cycling to regain her strength.
  • Thousand Oaks – Neuroendocrine cancer survivor Reine Wiley's diagnosis was revealed shortly before the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. She has demonstrated a strong will to fight and commitment to continue cycling, even while
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