New things in the New Year for Lance Armstrong

January 1, 2008 by  
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He is probably one of the most well-known cancer survivors and athletes of our times. What is even astounding is the fact that his name is known in sporting world of North America and Europe, two continents whose traditional sports events seldom come together. And, in a sport almost destroyed with doping scandals, he came out clean.

I am referring to Lance Armstrong, American cyclist and seven times winner (record!) of Tour de France, considered to be the world’s most demanding and rigorous sports competition. The fact that Lance is a survivor of testicular cancer makes his feat all the more incredible.

Lance is also the founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a not for profit organization whose mission statements is “we unite people to fight cancer believing that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything.

Lance had an aggressive form of testicular cancer: 60% choriocarcinoma, 40% embryonal and less than 1% teratoma which had spread to his brain and lungs, He underwent cancer treatment from October to December 1996 which included two surgeries and several cycles of chemotherapy. Before knowing he would survive the monster, he declared himself a survivor and set up the foundation.

Recently, the foundation joined forces with other advocacy groups American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to pledge their help to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in fighting the rising global incidence of cancer. According to the press release:

The American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation also issued a 6-point call-to-action outlining steps the incoming US administration can take to ease the global cancer burden.

It seems that the New Year brings new things to Lance Armstrong. Two of the most important things on his agenda for 2009 are:

The summer of 2009 will prove to interesting and demanding for Lance Armstrong. We’ll be sure to be rooting for him this summer, both in his cycling quest  and in fatherhood. I sure will be, from this side of the Atlantic.

Photo credit: Lance Armstrong Foundation, Wikipedia/NIH

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