Sunday, 20 January 2013

Why You Should Support Livestrong Now More than Ever

To say that this week has been an eye opener on who Lance Armstrong really is would be putting it lightly. After explaining his logic, and the incredible amount of lies and deceit that he continued throughout his reign over the cycling world was damaging to not only Lance, but also the organization that he founded, Livestrong.

It is nearly impossible to find someone who hasn't had a friend or loved one affected by Cancer. Lance Armstrong's incredible story as a Cancer survivor who dominated the world of cycling in a way that no one had done before helped propel his career, and the exposure of his organization to new heights. However, over the past months, as more and more former teammates  and others associated with Armstrong came forward about his steroid use, the organization which he founded began distancing themselves him.


If I'm going to be totally honest, I don't care about Lance Armstrong. I've never watched a bike race, and I don't race bikes enough to appreciate how talented he must have been. I think it's important to note that before any of the allegations about Lance came out, no one saw a Livestrong bracelet and thought, "There's a Lance Armstrong Fan".

As part of my brother's wedding this summer, he got his wedding party all Livestrong bracelets. I haven't taken mine off since then to show support for the organization, and over the past couple days I've been getting a lot of "Are you still wearing that?!" from several people. I can definitely understand the statement, but I think now more than ever is the time to show that you support the organization, not the man who founded it.

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I would encourage anyone that has gotten rid of their Livestrong bracelet, or is thinking about getting rid of it, to instead educate yourself more about what the organization does, and encourage others to get involved. There will definitely be a lot of fallout from their founders poor decisions, but let's not let it cripple the organization. When someone asks you, "Are you still wearing that?!", tell them what the organization told their supporters, "Livestrong isn't about one person. It's about millions of people facing cancer who need support as they battle the toughest battle of their lives".



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