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Over 1,200 expected for GWB Challenge to battle cancer

George Washington Bridge - photo by Dave Frieder
photo by Dave Frieder
On Sunday, June 14, 2009, more than 1,200 people will run, walk, or bike across the world's most-traveled bridge, in the American Cancer Society’s George Washington Bridge Challenge.

Since the inaugural GWB Challenge 22 years ago, there have been many research breakthroughs, including:

American Cancer Society-funded researcher Dr. Dennis Slamon discovered the HER2/neu gene, and later developed Herceptin—a targeted treatment for breast cancer

American Cancer Society-funded researcher Dr. Mary-Claire King, PhD, identified the first breast cancer gene—BRCA1—on chromosome 17

A Society-funded study demonstrated a decreased risk of colon cancer in people who take aspirin regularly

Society researchers concluded that overweight and obesity contribute to most types of cancer and could account for about one out of every six cancers diagnosed

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed GardasilR, the first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer and other diseases caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

Although progress continues to be made in reducing mortality rates, cancer remains the top cause of death in

Americans under age 85. The American Cancer Society encourages anyone whose family or friends have been touched by cancer to join the more than 1,200 people who care on Sunday, June 14.

The funds raised as a result of this event will further work being conducted by researchers to find new

drugs and treatment options, as well funding patient services to improve the quality of live of cancer patients.

For more information on the George Washington Bridge Challenge, please click here.