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AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - October 17, 2012) - Lance Armstrong, founder and chairman of LIVESTRONG, made the following announcement today regarding his status as chairman of the cancer non-profit organization's board of directors: "In 1996, as my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors. This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart.
"I am deeply grateful to the people of the foundation who have done such hard and excellent work over the last 15 years, building tangible and effective ways to improve the lives of cancer survivors. And I am deeply humbled by the support our foundation has received from so many people throughout the world -- survivors, world leaders, business leaders and of course, the cancer community itself. We turn to this community frequently for guidance and collaboration to achieve our shared goals. They are unfailingly generous with their wisdom and counsel and I can never thank them enough.more
In celebration of 15 years of serving and empowering people affected by cancer, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has planned a series of special events in Austin, Oct. 18-21, including a star-studded gala and the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge featuring the Foundation's founder and chairman, Lance Armstrong. "The commitment of one man to help fellow survivors and their families before knowing his own fate has led us to this anniversary," said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. "Thanks to Lance Armstrong, more than 2.5 million cancer survivors have benefitted from the free navigation services the Foundation provides. What began as a small organization in Austin, Texas, now has reach and recognition in every corner of the world."more
On the 16th anniversary of his cancer diagnosis, Lance Armstrong joins Nike employees at their headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Nike commemorated this day by announcing the release of their Holiday 2012 LIVESTRONG collection. The Nike event represented one of more than 100 celebrations and call-to-actions happening around the world on October 2. Traditionally, the Lance Armstrong Foundation invites supporters to raise awareness both locally and globally for the fight against cancer and grow the LIVESTRONG movement.
This year the Lance Armstrong Foundation made history on LIVESTRONG Day with over 100,000 messages of hope, support and strength shared through their website on Facebook and Twitter. Read the messages of survivorship that touched millions around the world here.more
By Brad Wieners
"So far, it’s worked brilliantly. Ripping a page from the playbook of Wall Street banks that would rather pay a fine than contest pesky, potentially humiliating charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lance Armstrong decided not to defend himself against the latest round of doping allegations from his sport’s regulators, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada). Instead, the world’s most famous cyclist and cancer survivor issued a statement that while he never did any of the things Usada accused him of, he’d like to get on with his life and focus on his family and activism rather than take part in the agency’s “one-sided, unfair … witch hunt.”
Continue reading the Businessweek's feature here.more
By Kurt Badenhausen
"$470 million. That is the amount of money the Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised since 1997 to help people in the fight against cancer. The Foundation has helped 2.5 million cancer survivors with free patient navigation services. There are more than 1,000 grassroots Livestrong Day events held in 65 countries annually to support the cancer battle. Was it all a lie? Who cares. Cheater or not, has any athlete done more with their fame than Lance Armstrong to benefit people?
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday night it will strip Armstrong of his record seven Tour de France titles and issue a lifetime ban from competition after Armstrong dropped his fight against drug charges the agency leveled against him. Armstrong, who retired from cycling last year, but has been competing in triathlons, said in statement: “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now.” He added: “If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and – once and for all – put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance. But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair.”more
By Rick Reilly
"I'm wearing something yellow Friday for Lance Armstrong. Not because I think he's innocent. He just gave up his chance to prove his innocence, so I suppose he isn't. But I don't care. I'm wearing yellow just to say thank you. If he cheated in a sport where cheating is as common as eating, then I'm wearing yellow to thank him for everything he's done since he cheated.
I'm wearing something yellow for the way he changed cancer in this country from dread to hope. I'm wearing something yellow for everybody who got their chilling cancer diagnosis and said to themselves, "Lance did it. Why can't I?"
Want to join me?
Dig out your old Livestrong bracelet. Wear a yellow scarf, yellow socks, watch "Old Yeller." Just make yellow a part of your Friday.
Yes, the United States Anti-Doping Association -- riding roughshod on slippery rules and sketchy standards -- declared Armstrong guilty of doping. Then last Friday, Armstrong stopped fighting them. "Enough is enough," he wrote. It might as well have been a firing squad. It was that one-sided.more
By Sally Jenkins
"First of all, Lance Armstrong is a good man. There’s nothing that I can learn about him short of murder that would alter my opinion on that. Second, I don’t know if he’s telling the truth when he insists he didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs in the Tour de France — never have known. I do know that he beat cancer fair and square, that he’s not the mastermind criminal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency makes him out to be, and that the process of stripping him of his titles reeks.
A federal judge wrote last week, “USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives.” You don’t say. Then when is a judge, or better yet Congress, going to do something about it?
Quite independently of Lance, with whom I wrote two books, for a long, long time I’ve had serious doubts about the motives, efficiency and wisdom of these “doping” investigations. In the Balco affair, all the wrong people were prosecuted. It’s the only so-called drug investigation in which the manufacturers and the distributors were given plea deals in order to throw the book at the users. What that told us was that it was big-game hunting, not justice. It was careerist investigators trying to put athletes’ antlers on their walls. Meanwhile, the Fourth Amendment became a muddy, stomped-on, kicked-aside doormat.more
By Peter Kogoy
"The US Anti-Doping Agency has no jurisdiction or legal right to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, according to one of Australia's most senior officials. Sydney's Phill Bates, a member of the international cycling union's arbitration tribunal, yesterday described USADA's actions against Armstrong as unenforceable and described the organisation's chief executive Travis Tygart as an "egomaniac publicity hunter".
"While Armstrong may have opted not to continue with his legal fight, USADA, a signatory to the WADA code, has no jurisdiction to punish or impose sanctions against any rider," Bates said.
"In addition, the Armstrong case also raises the legal issue of the meaning of article 17 of the WADA code, which imposes a limitation period of eight years for prosecuting doping cases.
"The article goes on to say that it also does not provide an agency's right to retest urine samples within a period of eight years from the date they were provided. The code says testing procedures require samples to be tested promptly.more
By Arash Markazi
"His picture was taped to the corner of a white board hanging inside the small room I was essentially trapped in for 30 days. It was the cover of the Aug. 1, 2005, issue of Sports Illustrated, and was sent to me by my co-workers at the magazine before I checked into the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center on Aug. 2, 2005. I had been diagnosed with cancer -- non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- for the second time in four years and was preparing to undergo a stem-cell transplant after three extensive rounds of chemotherapy. The next 30 days would go a long way toward determining whether I would see my 26th birthday.
Armstrong gave me and millions of other cancer patients a gift far more important than a Tour de France title or a yellow wristband during his magical run. He gave us hope."
Read the full story here.more
By Asher Price
"Lance Armstrong surely doesn't remember me but he boosted my spirits and offered some practical help in my darkest moment. Early in 2006, at the age of 25, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The first sign had been a small, pea-shaped protrusion in my left testicle I noticed while showering. Initially I dismissed the discovery as a small birthmark I had always overlooked. But a couple of weeks later, I awoke to a low throb in my groin, as if I had been kneed in my bits. My girlfriend and I hustled to the emergency room. Half-naked on a gurney, I was inspected by a sonogram technician. The diagnosis was decisive: A malignant mass. "Exactly what Lance Armstrong had," a doctor wearing a Daffy Duck tie told me, as if that would make me feel any better. "So some people get this and live."
The worst part about learning you have cancer is telling the people you love. I could not get through the first sentence on the phone with my parents, up in New York, before my voice cracked and I began sobbing.more
AUSTIN, Texas - August 23rd, 2012 - There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart's unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.
I had hoped that a federal court would stop USADA’s charade. Although the court was sympathetic to my concerns and recognized the many improprieties and deficiencies in USADA’s motives, its conduct, and its process, the court ultimately decided that it could not intervene.
If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and – once and for all – put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance. But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair. Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors. I made myself available around the clock and around the world. In-competition. Out of competition. Blood. Urine. Whatever they asked for I provided. What is the point of all this testing if, in the end, USADA will not stand by it?more
August 21, 2012
We had the honor of hosting former NFL player Chris Draft at the Philly Challenge this weekend -- if you aren't familiar with his story, I encourage you to watch this inspiring video, which profiles his late wife Keasha Draft's battle with Stage 4 lung cancer. She truly was an amazing woman, one who knew what it meant to live strong. Thank you Chris for sharing her story with us.more
What an amazing weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out to run, ride or support those participating in the LIVESTRONG Challenge Philadelphia. It's always a humbling experience being around so many people with such powerful stories of how cancer has impacted their life. Thank you to everyone who came out, everyone who donated or cheered along the road. We can't do this work without you. For those looking for more information including photos, race times from the event, please visit www.livestrong.org/phillychallenge or the LIVESTRONG Facebook page.
See you next year!more
Judge Sparks’ opinion confirms what we have said all along. Among other things, the Court confirmed that “USADA's conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives." The Court also expressed serious concerns about USADA’s charges, including the vagueness of its charging letters, its attempt to charge Mr. Armstrong for alleged infractions dating back to before 1996, and USADA’s apparent promises of lesser sanctions to other cyclists in exchange for testimony against Mr. Armstrong. The Court is concerned that USADA may be motivated by “politics and a desire for media attention” in bringing these charges, but ultimately concluded that it lacked jurisdiction over the case, observing that it “should be resolved internally, by the parties most affected,” including UCI. UCI has asserted that it has exclusive authority to decide whether charges should be brought in this case, and has directed USADA not to proceed further. We are reviewing the Court’s lengthy opinion and considering Mr. Armstrong’s options at this point.more
August 17, 2012
Supporting people living with cancer just got easier. The Lance Armstrong Foundation and UMB just launched the LIVESTRONG Visa Platinum Rewards Card where a percentage of every dollar spent goes toward providing direct support to people battling cancer. The foundation will receive $50 per card activation as well as 0.79% of the money charged. To learn more or sign up, please visit www.livestrong.org/umbvisa. Want to help raise money for the foundation just by tweeting? Between August 17th-August 31st tweet with hashtag #LIVESTRONGCard and UMB will make a $0.25 donation. So, tweet away and help us help people affected by cancer.more
On June 22, 2012, Lance Armstrong's legal counsel sent a letter to the USADA review board refuting USADA's charging document from June 12, 2012. Read the full letter by clicking on the PDF below.more
AUSTIN, TX -- June 13, 2012 -- I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned. These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.
I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence.more
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- October 15, 2011 -- Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, cycling champion and LIVESTRONG® founder and chairman, is celebrating 15 years of cancer survivorship by joining 4,300 fellow survivors, advocates and supporters who are participating in the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge in Austin, Sat., Oct. 15 and Sun., Oct. 16. This two-day event includes a 5k walk/run through the heart of downtown Austin on Sat., Oct. 15 and a multi-distance bike ride, including 20-, 45-, 65- and 90-mile options, through the Texas hill country on Sun., Oct. 16 to raise awareness and funds for people affected by cancer. This year, the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Austin participants have collectively raised more than $2.3 million.more