YSC Tour De Pink® Hits Florida
by Jaci Fletcher, YSC Senior Communications Manager on February 10, 2016
February 10, 2016
Jaci Fletcher, Senior Communications Manager
Kay Butts-Pruett, Events Manager
Bicycle Ride Raises Awareness and Funds for Young Breast Cancer Survivors
New York, New York, (February 10, 2016) — In less than two weeks, more than 100 people will bicycle through South Florida to raise awareness and support for women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer. The YSC Tour de Pink South event was created to educate the public that young women can and do get breast cancer, and to provide hope and support to those young women facing it.
From April 15-17, 2016, cyclists will ride for 3 days, 200 miles all for one purpose - to ensure no young woman diagnosed under 40 faces breast cancer alone. From the theme park capital of the world in Orlando to the breathtaking views of Palm Beach, Fla., riders will take part in this exclusive and inaugural three-day event.
Tour de Pink is a fundraising event of Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to young women with breast cancer. The funds raised will help educate, empower and connect more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. today who were diagnosed with breast cancer before their 41st birthday.
The largest cycling fundraiser for breast cancer in the country, Tour de Pink creates a rolling community of survivors, family and friends. Together, they raise awareness, offer encouragement and help provide resources and outreach to young women affected by breast cancer.
Details of the three-day, 200-mile ride, including addresses and route descriptions, can be found here. Cheering stations are positioned along the route each day. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the riders at the start and finish locations each day, as well as the designated cheer zones listed below.
A brief summary of the route and daily start times:
Day 1-Friday, 4/15: 7:45-8 a.m.
Departing from Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort*
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Route: Lake Buena Vista to Melbourne, Florida
Starting at Disney World in Orlando, riders travel to Kissimmee and around Lake Tohopekaliga through protected wetlands. Ending in Melbourne, Florida at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera. Located at 8298 N Wickham Rd. Melbourne, FL 32940.
*The start of the event is an inspiring visual as hundreds of riders pedal for young breast cancer survivors.
Day 2-Saturday, 4/16: 7:15-7:30am.
Departing from Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera
8298 N Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32940
Route: Melbourne to Port St. Lucie, Florida
Day 2 will feature 80% of the ride on the Coastal Highway along the Atlantic Ocean passing through Vero Beach, Fort Pierce and Jenson Beach. This day will also feature a century option for riders. The finish line will be at the Club Med in Port St Lucie, located at 4500 SE Pine Valley Street, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952.
Day 3-Sunday, 4/17: 8-8:15 a.m.
Departing from Club Med Sandpiper Bay
4500 SE Pine Valley Street
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Route: Port St. Lucie to Jupiter Beach, Florida
Riders will start in Port St. Lucie continuing along the coast passing through towns include Hobe Sound and the fabulous Jupiter Island, then work their way around an inlet to the final destination at Carlin Park on Jupiter Beach, in Palm Beach County.*
*The grand finale celebration at Carlin Park is a great opportunity for media interviews and live footage of riders as they cross the finish line.
>Approximately 12pm to 2pm
400 Florida A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477
Riders and survivors will be available along the route for interviews, and there are many opportunities for great visual shots. If media is interested in traveling with the riders, please contact Kay Butts Pruett, Events Manager, at 404.445.1502 prior to the ride.
Survivors, current and past riders are also available for media interviews before the ride.
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About YSC Tour de Pink®
Founded in 2004, YSC Tour de Pink was created to raise awareness and funds for Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and is the largest national outdoor cycling effort in the country to support the unique needs of young breast cancer survivors. Growing from six participants in 2004, YSC Tour de Pink® has generated more than $8 million to date and consists of two outdoor bike rides, with a third event being added in central Florida for the 2016 season. YSC anticipates more than 500 riders will participate in this year’s two national events.
About Young Survival Coalition (YSC)®
Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier organization dedicated to young women with breast cancer. Founded by three young survivors, YSC began as a grassroots organization to advocate on behalf of all young women diagnosed with breast cancer to increase their length and quality of life. Based in New York City, with networks nationwide, YSC provides free resources, connections and educational materials so young women with breast cancer feel supported, empowered and hopeful. YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young women, and to ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone. For more information, visit youngsurvival.org.