The U.S. Anti-Droping Agency (USADA) stripped Armstrong of these titles and granted him a lifetime ban last year after U.S. officials concluded he used PED’s and now he has come clean in an attempt to preserve any bit of his career that he can.
Lance Armstrong winning his 7th Tour De France
Armstrong is a cancer survivor and a forerunner in the role cancer holds in the media via his contribution to the Livestrong Foundation.
As background information, Armstrong was diagnosed with stage III testicular cancer in 1996 that had spread to his brain and lungs. He was treated with surgery and extensive chemotherapy. Five months later, Armstrong was declared cancer-free. In 1997 he founded the Livestrong Foundation which has served 2.5 million cancer patients, raised almost $500 million dollars to help people affected by cancer, branded the term “LIVESTRONG” that is sported on iconic yellow wristbands, and transformed the way society views the personal battle of having cancer.
Since Armstrong’s role in society and the media has shifted dramatically, there is a question of whether or not people will be able to separate the man from the foundation. The Livestrong Foundation provides free support to cancer patients, survivors, and their families with financial, practical, and emotional struggles, and also advocates for funding, legislation and policies that help the fight against cancer. In October 2012 Armstrong stepped down as chairman due to the negative effects of the controversy surrounding his cycling career; however, the two work largely hand-in-hand. Give us your opinion below and tell us if you think the foundation’s mission and reputation can stay afloat if separated from its founder. How does this controversy affect you as someone who has closely experienced cancer?