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Bike race in Green Bay promotes healthy living and raises money for cancer awareness

A breast cancer awareness and charity event made breast cancer news with a record number of participants.

The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that 673 bike riders participated in the Titletown Bike Tour in Wisconsin this past Sunday, breaking the previous record number of 535. The race lets participants choose from 15, 25, 55, 80 or 100 km rides.

The event raises money for the Breast Cancer Family Foundation through raffles of donated items, including a bicycle and a football signed by the 2011 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. The foundation promotes the importance of self-examinations and other early detection methods, and attempts to reach out to a younger community.

Laurie Cooney, a cancer survivor and director of the Breast Cancer Family Foundation, told the source, "We're getting the word out, and we're not just talking about breast cancer now. We're talking about the importance of a healthy lifestyle."

Cancer is less common in children than in adults, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that leukemia and brain and central nervous system cancer are the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in children under 19 years old. The highest incident rate of cancer in children is leukemia, with 8.7 out of every 100,000 children between the ages of one and four being diagnosed with the illness.
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