Young Survival Coalition Invites All Survivors and Cyclists to 2012 YSC Tour De Pink East and West Coast

March 16, 2012

Events To Generate Awareness and Benefit the More Than 250,000 Young Survivors Living in the U.S.

New York, N. Y., (March 16, 2012)Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the first nonprofit organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer, announced today that registration is now open for its Tour de Pink® East and West Coast rides. Planned to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year’s three-day events are scheduled for the East Coast September 28–30, and the West Coast October 12–14, 2012.

“Tour de Pink was created to empower young women diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Lisa J. Frank, Board President, YSC Founding Member, three-time breast cancer survivor and Co-founder of Tour de Pink. “Our participants create an incredibly strong community that one wishes they could experience every day. Combine that with the inspiration everyone feels when they watch a young woman climb on a bike to reclaim her body after being diagnosed with breast cancer and you truly have the experience of a lifetime.”

YSC Tour de Pink’s ninth annual East Coast ride will start in Philadelphia, Pa., and end in Washington, D.C. The three-day tour will cover more than 200 miles and feature historic sites, along with a rolling course. Cyclists can sign up for a single day of riding, as well.

Established in 2010, the third annual three-day West Coast event will begin in Thousand Oaks, Ca., and conclude in Foothill Ranch, Ca. Participants will enjoy breathtaking ocean views while cycling along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, one of America’s most famous roadways. The West Coast ride also offers a one-day option.

Three-day rides feature full rider support, including hotel accommodations, catered meals, rest stops, support and gear (SAG) vehicles and mechanics. Each event is limited to 200 riders.

YSC’s inaugural Tour de Pink ride took place on the East Coast in 2004. The original ride spanned 200 miles from the suburbs of Boston, Mass., to the NYU Cancer Institute in New York City. Six participants, including a 34-year-old breast cancer survivor, generated more than $26,000 to assist YSC in delivering comprehensive resources, support and educational materials, as well as raise awareness that young women can, and do, get breast cancer. Growing from six cyclists in 2004, YSC anticipates that more than 1,400 riders will participate in this year’s Tour de Pink events.

Registration is also now open for YSC’s one-day September 29 Tour de Pink ride in Atlanta, Ga. This year’s Atlanta ride will offer registrants the opportunity to cycle anywhere from one to 100 miles in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Options range from short family rides and a survivor loop to long-distance routes for more experienced cyclists.
To register for any of YSC’s Tour de Pink rides or to make a donation please visit www.ysctourdepink.org.

About Tour de Pink

Co-founded in 2004 by Lisa J. Frank and Matt Purdue, YSC Tour de Pink was created to raise awareness and funds for Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the first organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer. Growing from six cyclists in 2004, YSC anticipates that more than 1,400 riders will participate in this year’s Tour de Pink events, which are scheduled to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month. The three rides will take place in the South (Atlanta, Ga.) and on the East and West Coasts of the United States. To date, the rides have generated more than $5 million to support young women diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as increased recognition that young women can, and do, get breast cancer. Please visit www.ysctourdepink.org for more information or to make a donation.

About Young Survival Coalition (YSC)
Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) was the first nonprofit organization to focus exclusively on the unique needs of young women affected by breast cancer. Founded BY young survivors FOR young survivors, YSC began as a grassroots organization to advocate on behalf of all young women diagnosed with breast cancer to increase their quality and quantity of life. Based in New York City, with 23 affiliates nationwide, YSC today provides comprehensive resources, support and education to address every phase of a young woman’s breast cancer experience. YSC is well known for its four national Tour de Pink rides for breast cancer; regional In Living Pink events; ResourceLink program; as well as educational materials such as its Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit (NDRK); Metastatic Navigator; and its Factor Series on topics such as fertility, genetics and breast reconstruction. It also co-presents the C4YW —Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.youngsurvival.org.

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