Amgen Announces Call For Nominations For 2013 Breakaway From Cancer Champions

Fri Feb 8, 2013 9:05am EST

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Four Inspirational Individuals Making a Positive Impact for Those Affected by
Cancer to be Honored at the Amgen Tour of California
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.,  Feb. 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today
announced the call for nominations for  Breakaway from CancerĀ®Ā  Champions. For
the last five years, Amgen has recognized outstanding individuals making a
difference for cancer patients and their loved ones in communities across 
California  through the  Breakaway from Cancer  initiative.  Breakaway from
Cancer  is designed to raise awareness of the important resources that are
available to those affected by cancer - from prevention through survivorship.
Many of these resources can be found on, where a
powerful search tool customizes answers specific to an individual's needs.

"Breakaway from Cancer  is a collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit
organizations dedicated to providing patients with the support network they need
to beat cancer," said  Bob Azelby, vice president and general manager, Amgen
Oncology. "Amgen's mission is to serve patients, and we are pleased to be able
to use our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of  California  to recognize those men
and women who are actively working to help others."

From  Feb. 5 through Feb. 25, nominations will be accepted online to recognize a
cancer survivor, patient, caregiver or advocate for those impacted by cancer.
Four individuals - one from each of the 2013 Amgen Tour of  California 
communities of  Escondido,  Santa Clarita,  Santa Barbara  and  Livermore  -
will ultimately be selected as the  Breakaway from Cancer  Champions.  

"When I first heard that I was selected by my community to be a  Breakaway from
Cancer  Champion, it reminded me of what  John F. Kennedy  said when asked how
he became a war hero. 'They sank my boat.' I didn't willingly choose to be
diagnosed with cancer, but rather looked within myself to handle my diagnosis
with dignity and grace," said  Marilyn Luma, 2010  Breakaway from Cancer 
Champion for  Santa Cruz, CA.  "Now, I aim to do something each year to help
make a difference."  Luma is a 16-year breast cancer survivor who has dedicated
herself to "fighting the fight" and encouraging others affected by cancer.

Breakaway from Cancer  Champions will be granted special access to the 2013
Amgen Tour of  California, award a jersey to a professional cyclist, be
recognized on stage and lead the Breakaway Mile through their community.
Sponsored by Amgen, the Breakaway Mile takes place at the finish line of the
Amgen Tour of  California  to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide.

Learn more about becoming a  Breakaway from Cancer  Champion at  or via Facebook at Healthcare professionals and employees of
Amgen, AEG, Medalist Sports, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support
Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition of Cancer
Survivorship are not eligible.

The  Breakaway from Cancer  Champions will be selected via online public voting
in April.    

About  Breakaway from Cancer

Founded in 2005 by Amgen,  Breakaway from Cancer  is a national initiative to
increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer
- from prevention through survivorship.  Breakaway from Cancer  is a
collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit partner organizations: Prevent
Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation, and
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.  These organizations offer a broad
range of support services complementing those provided by a patient's team of
healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit  or follow us @BreakawayCancer on Twitter and  on Facebook.

About Amgen

Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human
therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first
companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective
medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have
changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in
the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disease and
other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new
medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve
people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital
medicines, visit Follow us on  

CONTACT: Amgen,  Thousand Oaks
Leanne Madison Kahn, 805-447-1201 (media)  
Arvind Sood, 805-447-1060 (investors)




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