SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation

August 20, 2009 13:26 ET

The Lance Armstrong Foundation Premieres the LIVESTRONG® Global Cancer Summit August 24-26, 2009 -- Dublin, Ireland

500 Leaders From More Than 65 Countries to Convene in Fight Against Global Cancer Epidemic

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - Today, the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) announced details of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit, an unparalleled three-day event -- August 24-26, 2009 -- that provides a unique platform for advocates to create a sustained movement that changes the course of cancer in history. More than 500 world leaders, representatives of corporations, non-governmental organizations and individual advocates will convene at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin, Ireland to showcase the more than 300 commitments to cancer control made as part of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an LAF initiative to urgently address the global cancer burden. The Summit will take place immediately following LAF Founder and Chairman, cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong's participation in the Tour of Ireland, Aug 21-23.

"Cancer will be the leading cause of death next year unless we act on a global level," said Armstrong. "Our goal is to be the catalyst that brings everyone together to fight cancer -- from survivors, like me, to advocates from the farthest reaches of the globe, to world leaders and policymakers who must commit completely to the effort to avoid a public health catastrophe."

Never before has a unified global movement against cancer been launched. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other advocates, network, gain media exposure and access tools and resources to help them mobilize in their own communities. The Summit marks an end as well as a new beginning. It serves as the culmination of seven months of awareness-raising by the Foundation during Armstrong's return season to professional cycling and launches a global grassroots movement to take action against cancer.

"The Summit provides an invaluable opportunity to stand up for the 28 million cancer survivors worldwide and create a unified effort to control cancer through new commitments to action," said Doug Ulman, LAF President and CEO. "I am eager to join many of the world's public health leaders and advocates to set a path for reducing the burden of this disease that claims far too many lives."

At the Summit, the first report detailing the global burden of cancer in economic terms will be unveiled. It is also the first report to quantify the global gap in cancer spending. The new report, "Breakaway: The global burden of cancer -- challenges and opportunities," was commissioned by LIVESTRONG and developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit with support from the American Cancer Society.

Summit Schedule*

--  Day One -- Addressing the Global Cancer Burden: By 2010, cancer is
    projected to be the leading cause of death worldwide. Yet, cancer is
    one of the most preventable and curable of the major life-threatening
    diseases facing the world today. The first day of the Summit will make
    the case for acting urgently to address the global cancer burden and
    introduce new commitments to cancer control by bringing together world
    leaders, corporations, non-governmental organizations and advocates in
    an unprecedented show of solidarity. Speakers include:
    --  Lance Armstrong, Chairman and Founder, LIVESTRONG
    --  Doug Ulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIVESTRONG
    --  Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
    --  Dr. Werner Burkart, Deputy Director General, International Atomic
        Energy Agency
    --  Dr. John Seffrin, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society
    --  Dr. Christopher P. Wild, Director, International Agency for
        Research on Cancer
    --  Lynn Faulds Wood, President, European Cancer Patient Coalition
    --  His Excellency Faisal A. Al-Fayez, Former Prime Minister, Jordan
    --  His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria
    --  The Honorable Alojz Peterle, Member of European Parliament
    --  Prof. Judith Mackay, Senior Advisor, World Lung Foundation, and
        Senior Policy Advisor, World Health Organization
    --  Dr. Ala Alwan, Asst. Director-General, Noncommunicable Disease and
        Mental Health, World Health Organization
    --  His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Minister of Health, Saudi
        Arabia
    --  The Honorable Dr. José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, Secretary of
        Health, Mexico
    --  His Excellency Dr. Hatem El-Gabaly, Minister of Health, Egypt
    --  The Honorable Mary Harney TD, Minister of Health and Children,
        Ireland
    --  The Honorable Laurette Onkelinx, Minister of Social Affairs and
        Public Health, Belgium
    --  Dr. David Hill, President, International Union Against Cancer
        (UICC)
    --  Andy Miller, Executive Vice President - Mission, LIVESTRONG
    --  Prof. Jim Bishop AO, Chief Medical Officer, Australia
    --  Dr. Kisito Sheku Doah, Acting Chief Medical Office, Sierra Leone
    --  Prof. Alexander Eggermont, President, European CanCer Organisation
    --  Prof. Hamid Ghodse, Past President, International Narcotics Control
        Board
    --  Mark Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Nike
    --  Jonathan Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, American
        Century Companies, Inc.
    --  Caroline Roan, President, Pfizer Foundation
    --  Lorena Rojas, Mexican-Born Actress/Singer & Cancer Survivor

--  Day Two -- Unity and Collaboration: Focus on the key role that unity
    and collaboration play in addressing the cancer burden. The day will
    explore how governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations
    and advocates can come together to address cancer. The Economist
    Intelligence Unit report, announced this day, will explore the global
    economic impact of cancer. Speakers include:
    --  Doug Ulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIVESTRONG
    --  Hana Ross, American Cancer Society
    --  Richard Stein, Economist Intelligence Unit
    --  Dr. John Seffrin, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society
    --  Prof. Judith Mackay, Senior Advisor, World Lung Foundation, and
        Senior Policy Advisor, World Health Organization
    --  Dr. Montserrat Meiro-Lorenzo, Senior Public Health Specialist,
        Human Development Network, World Bank
    --  Prof. Tom Keane, National Cancer Control Programme of Ireland
    --  Harmala Gupta, CanSupport
    --  Samir Khleif, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    --  Mohamed Shaalan, Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt
    --  Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health
    --  Felicia Knaul, Chief Economist, Mexican Health Foundation
    --  Dr. Lawrence N. Shulman, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice
        President for Medical Affairs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    --  Dr. Luis Fernando de Barros Correia, Radio CBN
    --  Brother Charles Anthony, The Ormylia Foundation
    --  Pat Kelly, Campaign to Control Cancer
    --  Gabriel Madiye, The Shepherd's Hospice Sierra Leone
    --  Kim Thiboldeaux, The Wellness Community
    --  Dr. Tami Hultman, AllAfrica Global Media/allafrica.com
    --  Dr. Jean Anderson, Jhpiego
    --  Dr. Ian Garbett, University of Papua New Guinea
    --  Letha Sandison, Wrap Up Africa
    --  Prof. Michael Silbermann, Middle East Cancer Consortium

--  Day Three -- Effective mobilization efforts will vary country by
    country and build upon each country's current approach.  In some
    nations, mobilization must focus upon providing services for those
    touched by cancer. In other nations, leading the advocacy push that
    will result in important policy changes is central. There is no "one
    size fits all" solution. Speakers include:
    --  Lance Armstrong, Chairman and Founder, LIVESTRONG
    --  Doug Ulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIVESTRONG
    --  Greg Donaldson, American Cancer Society
    --  Dr. Xishan Hao, Chinese Anti-Cancer Association
    --  Rick Lyke, Pints for Prostates
    --  Dr. Alejandro Mohar, Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia
    --  Molebatsi Pooe-Shongwe, BreastSens
    --  Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Care
    --  Thomas Crampton, Digital Media Specialist
    --  Jeremy Heimans, Purpose Campaigns
    --  Adam Garone, Movember Foundation
    --  Dr. Mateus Kambale Sahani, AGIR ENSEMBLE
    --  Maria Carla Sison, ICanServe Foundation
    --  The Honorable Mike Rann, Premier, South Australia

For a detailed schedule of events and speakers at the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit, submit a request to press@livestrong.org.

The LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit is sponsored by an anonymous donor. It is also made possible with support from Ambassador Sponsors the American Cancer Society and Nike, Chairman's Sponsor EMD Serono and President's Sponsors HomeAway and Genentech.

In September 2008, Armstrong announced the Foundation's commitment to making cancer a global priority at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. The LAF made this commitment after its worldwide research, conducted over 18 months, revealed widespread misconceptions, stigma and lack of awareness associated with cancer. In response, the LAF established the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign to urgently address the burden of cancer worldwide and support the 28 million people living with cancer around the globe. Cancer kills more people every year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. It is estimated that cancer will be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2010. With such staggering statistics, the LAF recognized that a global challenge like cancer required a global movement. And so it began urging world leaders, leading cancer organizations and cancer survivors to join together by making commitments to take action in their communities to reduce the burden of cancer.

In its inaugural year, the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign has broken new ground with successes to date in Australia, California, Mexico, Italy and throughout the Tour de France. For more information on the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, please visit www.LIVESTRONGAction.org.

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation:

At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we fight for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. There can be -- and should be -- life after cancer for more people. That's why we kick in at the moment of diagnosis, giving people the resources and support they need to fight cancer head-on. We find innovative ways to raise awareness, fund research and end the stigma about cancer that many survivors face. We connect people and communities to drive social change, and we call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease. Anyone anywhere can join our fight against cancer. Join us at www.LIVESTRONG.org.

*Subject to change without notice.

Contact Information

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