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Health Alert: Indy racecar driver tours UC biology lab

Updated: Tuesday, May 20 2014, 04:48 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- The Indianapolis 500 race is just five days away and Tuesday one of the drivers made a quick stop at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute.
It is the 98th year for the Indy 500 and British racing driver, Pippa Mann, stopped by the Department of Cancer Biology to help raise awareness of the need for more research to help fight breast cancer.  She is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and stopped by to see Doctor Xiaoting Zhang.  She toured his lab! 

Doctor Zhang is part of the team that is conducting breast cancer research and specifically why some cancers become resistant to the cancer fighting drug, tamoxifen.  Mann drives the pink Indy car to help draw attention to the need for early detection and new research for breast cancer until we find a cure. 

This is all part of media day for the Indy.  33 drivers will compete in the Verizon Indycar Series as they travel across the country to make appearances.  The important thing to note here is that since many in our community walk help support the Susan G. Komen Foundation it's good to know we are getting national support.  And local funding for this research helps to fight breast cancer. 

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