March 13/07 3:06 am - Lance Armstrong Returning to Calgary
Posted by Editor on 03/13/07
Lance Armstrong Returning to Calgary
Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and seven time Tour de France champion, is returning to Calgary June 22nd to 24th, 2007. Armstrong's fourth visit to the city will help the Alberta Cancer Foundation launch the Tour of Courage's inaugural community fundraising ride.
"I had wonderful experiences on my previous visits," said Armstrong. "To be able to help out and have the chance to ride in Calgary and the Canadian Rockies again is very cool. I am also glad my close friend Eddy Merckx is joining me."
The Tour of Courage, presented by Devonian Properties Inc, begins with an event for the corporate community on June 22nd called Lessons in Leadership, Lessons in Courage. "Lance will dialogue with a small group of business leaders and their special guests from the cancer community," said Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. "His message is inspiring and we expect it to be an extraordinary event."
On June 23rd, Armstrong and Merckx will lead a small group of the top 25 fundraising cyclists on a challenging 120 km ride through the Rockies. The new Tour of Courage Community Ride on June 24th will enable novice and veteran cyclists to challenge themselves on a 30, 60 or 90 km route while taking bold action in the fight against cancer.
Dr. Peter Craigshead, Director of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, commented, "This is a great way for people to get actively involved in the Alberta Cancer Board's vision of a Cancer Free Future. We are exceptionally happy Lance will be here to help our Foundation raise funds for the research, prevention and screening initiatives that are going to get us there."
To learn more about the Alberta Cancer Foundation's Tour of Courage and to register, visit www.tourofcourage.ca.