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Release: July 25, 2000

UI Cancer Center takes mobile mammography van to RAGBRAI riders

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bright summer rays reflect off metal spokes and the sweaty brows of thousands of RAGBRAI cyclists. The 28th annual bike tour is under way, and the University of Iowa Cancer Center will be there. On Thursday, July 27 the Mobile Mammography Van will be stopping in Bussey and Ottumwa, Iowa, to provide refreshments for RAGBRAI riders and to raise awareness about cancer.

This year marks the first time the UI Cancer Center has a presence at the statewide cycling event. Dale Andersen, former head golf coach at Iowa State University, helped organize the Cancer Center's trek to RAGBRAI, and believes this is an opportunity to not only satisfy educational goals, but to gain exposure.

"The reason for us being there is first to raise awareness about cancer, but also to bring some well-deserved attention to the UI Cancer Center and its activities," Andersen said. "RAGBRAI is a highly-attended event by many Iowans and this enables us to speak with them directly about what the Cancer Center can offer."

Dan Packard, a nursing assistant in the UI Clinical Cancer Center, will also be on hand to help answer questions and distribute brochures from the Cancer Information Service. Packard joined RAGBRAI following a six-week bicycle trip from Portland, Ore., to Council Bluffs for the start of the event. "The Extra Mile Bike Ride" was an idea developed and pursued by Packard, in which he traveled through cities and small towns along his route, giving informal presentations about cancer prevention and cancer detection to the public.

After earning media attention from his journey, Packard is happy to be back in Iowa, taking part in RAGBRAI, sharing tales of life on the road, and continuing to be a source of cancer information.

"Being a part of events like this underscores the Cancer Center's commitment to all Iowans, and it lets them experience first-hand, our educational outreach efforts," said Ted Yank, an administrator at the UI Cancer Center.

The UI Mobile Mammography Van will be stationed in downtown Bussey from 7:30-10:30a.m. and on the Market Street Bridge in Ottumwa until late afternoon.


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