CONTACT: ARIANNE NARDO
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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
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
"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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