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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

May 14, 2007
TO: Weekend assignment editors, reporters
FROM: Amy Lunday | 443-287-9960 | acl@jhu.edu
RE: Hopkins 4K for Cancer hits the road Saturday, May 26
WHEN: Saturday, May 26 at 8 a.m.
WHERE: The steps outside Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore

Twenty students from across Johns Hopkins University and seven friends from other schools will kick off the sixth annual fund-raising cross-country bicycle journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer. A half-hour send-off ceremony begins at 8 a.m. on the steps of Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Representatives from the American Cancer Society and WellPoint Inc., a health care plan that is also major sponsor of the ride, will be speaking, along with Dr. Jean G. Ford, a pulmonary physician whose clinical interests are in the prevention and diagnosis of lung cancer. He directs community programs and community-based research at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

At 8:30 a.m., the students will pedal to the Inner Harbor where they will ceremoniously dip their bikes' back tires in the water at approximately 9 a.m. before embarking on their 4,000-mile coast-to-coast trip. The journey will end on July 29 at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Upon their arrival on the West Coast, the students will dip their bikes' front tires in the water.

To date, this year's fundraising effort has netted more than $95,000 for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town cancer patients seeking treatment at Baltimore hospitals. Information about the group and its mission is online at www.hopkins4k.org. To reach the students this weekend regarding media coverage, contact rider and publicity coordinator Olympia Moy at 917-518-2277. For press inquiries related to the American Cancer Society, contact Dawn Ward at 410-933-5134.

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