LIVESTRONG raised almost half a billion dollars for fighting cancer while Lance Armstrong was the brand's chairman.
Lance Armstrong is the most famous, and now the most notorious, athlete who’s survived cancer.
The cyclist completed the 1995 Tour de France but dropped out of the 1996 event for becoming ill.
Months later, the 25-year-old was diagnosed with stage three (advanced) testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. He underwent 12 weeks of chemotherapy.
Three years later, Armstrong shocked the world and won his first of seven Tour de Frances titles in 1999.
Three years before his first title, he had a 40 percent survival rate. After his first title, the cancer survivor was well on his way to become the most dominant athlete in the history of his sport.
Unfortunately for Armstrong, after years of allegations, testimonies and investigation, the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. He also lost most of his major endorsements and has received persistent criticism for allegedly cheating.
His records and achievements as an athlete may be erased forever, but his memory and inspiration as a world-renowned philanthropist will never be taken away.
Armstrong is no longer is the face of LIVESTRONG, but his battle against testicular cancer to still compete in the Tour De France and inspire millions of other cancer patients and survivors around the world is still incredibly praiseworthy.
After serving 2.5 million cancer patients, raising almost half a billion dollars for cancer, selling several hundred million famous yellow bracelets that read “LIVESTRONG,” donating $5 million of his own money and inspiring millions of others affected by cancer for 15 years, Armstrong stepped down as Chairman of LIVESTRONG and transferred his duties to Vice Chairman Jeff Garvey.
You can call him a cheater in his sport, but Lance Armstrong is still a cancer survivor who’s inspired many millions of people around the world. Not only has he given hope to cancer patients to fight for their lives, but also he has influenced healthy people to join the fight against cancer and promote awareness.