A crowd of 2,000 people at the Scripps Green Hospital in San Diego farewelled Lance Armstrong and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Team as they set off on their trip across America in the name of cancer research. The Tour of Hope is a nine-day journey from San Diego to Washington, DC, by a team of 24 people affected at some point in their lives by cancer. The aim is to raise money and awareness of cancer, and members ride as a relay team in 100-mile segments, expecting to arrive in Washington DC on October 8.
It's a well-known fact that Armstrong himself survived the disease before going on to win seven Tour de France titles, and was instrumental in establishing the ride through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He won't be riding the entire event with the team, but left with the crew today as they made their way through San Diego, rejoining the ride during the final stages in Washington.