SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation

Lance Armstrong Foundation

August 24, 2010 00:14 ET

LIVESTRONG® Challenge Philadelphia Participants Raise More Than $3 Million for the Fight Against Cancer

Thousands Run, Walk and Ride in the LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) - LIVESTRONG is pleased to announce the LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia, now in its fifth year, raised more than $3 million for the fight against cancer through the generosity of more than 36,000 donors. This weekend, Aug. 21-22, more than 2,700 runners and walkers and 3,200 cyclists, along with 800 volunteers, from 42 states and nine countries gathered at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell to participate in the LIVESTRONG Challenge

On Sat., Aug. 21, participants took part in the event by running or walking in either a 5K or 10K. On Sun., Aug. 22, participants further challenged themselves by riding 10, 20, 45, 70 or 100 miles, across the rolling hills of Montgomery County and Western Pennsylvania.

"We're honored to have so many fantastic supporters joining us to celebrate the LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia," said Lance Armstrong, LIVESTRONG founder and chairman, cancer survivor and champion cyclist. "Each of us is driven to make a difference in the cancer fight and together we're helping the 28 million people around the globe who are living with this disease. Collectively we have the power to change lives."

On Saturday evening, Dhani Jones, a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, former Philadelphia Eagle and current Cincinnati Bengal in the NFL, addressed the crowd at a fundraising appreciation dinner.

"We all share stories and we're all evidence of deciding to live strong and defeat the odds," said Jones, whose childhood best friend is a cancer survivor. "LIVESTRONG has assembled the best team to fight this horrible disease, and I truly believe that someday we can win this battle."

Four awards were presented to the top fundraisers for the Philadelphia Challenge. Marc Mandeville and Team M-Power were awarded the Team Champion Award. They raised more than $132,000 through 127 team members and reached 21,753 donors, with gifts averaging more than $80.

The Individual Messenger Award was given to Michael Walsh, who along with his brother, CJ, raised more than $22,000 from 171 donors, with gifts ranging from $5 to $1,000. Dave Wilson was recognized as the Individual Champion Award winner. He raised more than $40,000 and made a pledge to raise even more -- $70,000 -- in 2011. This is the second time in two years that Wilson has won this award.

Finally, Team Fatty was announced as the winner of the Team Trial Award, which recognizes the team that adopts a group fundraising strategy so that more members on their team would be raising significant funds for the fight against cancer. Team Fatty raised more than $140,000 for this year's LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia and 31 of their team members raised more than $1,000.

Following both events, participants and supporters gathered at the LIVESTRONG Village to enjoy music, food, games and exhibits. In five years, LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia participants have raised more than $6 million. Since its inception in 1997, LIVESTRONG has raised more than $350 million to support cancer survivors.

The organization's signature fundraising event is part of Team LIVESTRONG, which takes action against cancer in more than two-dozen athletic events across the globe that will raise $13 million for the cause this year. The Challenges, which include a bike, run and walk, have raised more than $60 million for the fight against cancer over the past 13 years and take place in Seattle, San Jose, Philadelphia and Austin (Oct. 23-24).

The funds raised thru Team LIVESTRONG events support LIVESTRONG programs such as SurvivorCare, which is available online and by phone at (866) 927-7205 for any person affected by cancer. Getting one-on-one support is easy, free and confidential. At any point in a person's cancer experience, SurvivorCare provides free professional support in English and Spanish to help cope with emotional concerns through counseling and support; address financial, insurance and job concerns; match to clinical trials and new treatments in development; locate and access local resources; learn about physical, emotional and day-to-day concerns and access information about cancer and fertility and discounted fertility preservation options.

About Team LIVESTRONG
As a member of Team LIVESTRONG, people walk, run, ride or tri in the fight against cancer. Team LIVESTRONG members participate in the LIVESTRONG Challenge Series, or in other major athletic events around the world. By participating and fundraising for Team LIVESTRONG, participants join a group of committed individuals dedicated to inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer. For more information, visit TeamLIVESTRONG.org.

About LIVESTRONG
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG's mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information, visit www.LIVESTRONG.org.

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