Encouraged by champion cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, a [team of 24 bicyclists ](http://www.tourofhope.org/team/index.htm) will ride from San Diego to Washington D.C. to raise awareness of the importance of cancer research and cancer clinical trials. The ride begins on September 26 and will follow a [3,300 mile route](http://www.tourofhope.org/ride/2005_national_route/index.htm) across the United States.
[Lance Armstrong](http://www.tourofhope.org/lance/index.htm) will deliver the promises of hundreds of thousands of cancer survivors and supporters to Congress at the end of the ride. You can [add your own promise](http://www.tourofhope.org/promise/index.php) to learn about cancer and support cancer research. You can make the Promise in memory or honor of someone special.
According to the Tour of Hope team, you can help keep the Promise by:
+ Knowing your risks, geting screened and learning about cancer
+ Supporting your family and friends through their health care decisions
+ Advocating that cancer research become a national health care priority
+ And, if faced with the disease, discussing with your cancer care team the options available, including possible participation in a cancer research study (clinical trial).
The Grand Finale will be held [on the Ellipse in Washington](http://www.tourofhope.org/toh/2005_dc_finale/dc_ride_finale.htm) on October 8th.