Amgen Announces ``My Cancer Coach'' Contest Winners at the College Hoops Classic
College Hoops Classic Benefits Coaches vs. Cancer, an Initiative
Supporting Cancer Patients
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2007--Amgen
(NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced the results of a contest designed for
cancer survivors to honor and thank their "cancer coach" -- the
spouse, family member or friend who played a crucial role in helping
them with the battle through cancer treatment. The contest, supported
by Amgen Oncology, in which applicants nominated their cancer coach by
submitting a short essay, was announced in November of 2006 and is
part of Amgen's sponsorship of the College Hoops Classic benefiting
Coaches vs. Cancer. Shelly Bailey and JoAn Barnes have been selected
as outstanding examples of Cancer Coaches for the support and
encouragement they have offered to family members fighting this
Shelly Bailey of Elk Grove, Calif., was nominated by her husband,
William, for her strength and positive attitude which helped him
through his fight with cancer. William writes, "I had a secret weapon
in battlefield chemo called positive attitude, and an abundant source
of it nearby, named Shelly. She taught me that in surviving cancer,
what goes on between the ears has more to say about quality of life
than what happens from the neck down."
A devoted and benevolent caregiver, JoAn Barnes was nominated by
her daughter whom she helped fight Hodgkin's disease. Barnes also
aided her own mother through the end-stage of lung and brain cancer,
another daughter who successfully battled breast cancer as well as her
own husband who just recently lost his battle with advanced metastatic
prostate cancer that had metastasized to his bones. "JoAn Barnes is
the constant, selfless caregiver that makes her a wonderful cancer
coach," Jessica Oswald writes of her mother. "She has always made us
feel better just by being there and being the wonderful nurturer she
is. She never chose to assist people through the terrible tribulations
of cancer, but somehow it chose her and I am thankful she was there
for me when cancer called."
"Amgen is proud to honor the winners of the 'My Cancer Coach'
contest and to recognize the important role that all cancer coaches
play in the lives of cancer patients," said Cynthia Schwalm, vice
president and general manager of Amgen Oncology. "An active support
team that is armed with information and resources can have a lasting
emotional impact on family members and friends managing their
Ms. Bailey, Ms. Barnes and a guest of each will receive a trip to
the College Hoops Classic Championship Round games benefiting Coaches
vs. Cancer in New York City on November 16th and 17th. The Classic
kicks off the 2007-2008 college basketball season and teams Amgen
Oncology with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to
raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS). The Coaches vs.
Cancer program, created by the NABC and ACS, has raised more than $25
million to support cancer patients since its inception in 1993.
Amgen Oncology is supporting the fight against cancer on multiple
fronts including serving as a major sponsor of the College Hoops
Classic. Amgen encourages those undergoing chemotherapy and those who
are helping a family member or friend through it, to learn more about
the ChemoCoach(TM) program, a valuable resource for cancer patients
and caregivers. At www.ChemoCoach.com, visitors can register to
receive an educational email series, which is a free support program
that delivers small doses of powerful information to help cancer
patients and their caregivers better manage the chemotherapy journey.
The site also acts as the gateway to additional resources and
Amgen discovers, develops 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, and other serious illnesses.
With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen
remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve
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CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks
Megan Fox, 805-447-1423 (media)