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AACR Team to Ride Cycling’s Iconic Philadelphia Championship Road Course

May 15, 2012
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AACR’s team Riders 4 Research includes inspirational cyclist and cancer survivor Todd Key

PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research has been invited to be a “Charity of Choice” at the upcoming Bicycling Magazine Open. The AACR team Riders 4 Research will be riding the challenging Philadelphia Championship Road Course, Sunday, June 3, 2012, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET.  

Cancer survivor Todd Key will ride in support of the AACR Riders 4 Research. Due to an accident at age 7, Key lost the use of his right arm. At age 17, he was diagnosed with cancer (myosarcoma). The myosarcoma affected the muscles in his right leg and resulted in two years of chemotherapy and the amputation of his right leg above the knee. Despite this, Key, whose cancer has been in remission for more than 30 years, rides his bike more than 250 miles a week.
Key and the other members of the AACR Riders 4 Research team will have the chance to ride up to three timed laps of the completely closed 14.5 mile championship circuit, including the daunting “Manayunk Wall.” This is the first time in the 28-year history of the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship that amateur cyclists are being given the chance to experience the course.

The AACR Riders 4 Research team is raising funds to support cancer research. The top fundraisers will win prizes such as VIP access to the post-event meal and concert, Garmin cycling jerseys, Hutchinson tires and Garmin 800 Platinum/500 GPS.

In addition, the AACR will have a booth at the event in the health, fitness and cycling pavilion where information will be shared about the AACR and the importance of cancer research.  

The event is expected to attract 300,000 spectators and participants in addition to millions of television viewers worldwide. The Bicycling Magazine Open will be followed by the 28th TD Bank Philadelphia International Championship and the women’s Liberty Classic. These races bring together the best male and female professional cyclists from around the world. Lance Armstrong started his professional cycling career when he won the race in 1993, and racing greats like Eric Heiden, George Hincapie and Davis Phinney are past winners.

To support the AACR Riders 4 Research, visit

For information on the Pro Cycling Tour TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, visit

For information on the Bicycling Magazine Open, visit

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About the AACR

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR’s membership includes 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 17,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes seven peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration and scientific oversight of individual and team science grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. 

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