A Mid-Michigan woman is one of 26 cyclists who will be riding across the United States with Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong to raise awareness for cancer research. The week long, 3,200 mile trip begins in Los Angeles on October 11th. Riders will arrive in Washington, D.C. on October 18th. The event is called the Tour of Hope and all participants have been affected in some way by cancer.
Julianne Pattullo of St. Johns is one of the riders. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 11. She won her battle with breast cancer, but 12 other members of Pattullo's family have died from the disease. Pattullo says one death in a family is too many, and she's very excited to make the journey.
She's spent the last several months cycling between 18 and 30 hours a week. She has a customized Trek road bike to make the trip. The goal of the ride is to get as many people as possible to go online to sign the Cancer Promise, a promise to learn about cancer and support cancer research. Anyone interested in signing can visit the website at www.TourofHope.org.