AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 06/13/12 -- Today, Lance Armstrong Foundation President and CEO Doug Ulman issued the following statement regarding the United States Anti-Doping Agency's proceeding against Lance Armstrong, the Foundation's creator and chairman:
"The Lance Armstrong Foundation's mission is to serve people living with cancer. As founder and chairman, Lance has worked tirelessly for 15 years to further the fight against the world's leading cause of death and empower its survivors.
"Our hearts go out to Lance and his family as they face what can only be a very frustrating and difficult time as a result of USADA's actions.
"Lance's courage in speaking out about cancer -- when many athletes would have kept silent -- helped spark a global change in how the disease and its survivors are perceived. Lance created a foundation to serve the financial, practical and emotional needs of cancer survivors before winning a single Tour de France. Through his dedication and persistence on behalf of the foundation and its mission, nearly $500 million has been raised to serve cancer survivors and their families.
"We are incredibly proud of his record as a highly effective global cancer advocate and enormously grateful for his generosity as our biggest contributor. Nothing will change that. We remain steadfastly supportive of Lance, a champion for cancer survivors everywhere."
Facts about the Lance Armstrong Foundation:
- The Lance Armstrong Foundation was established in 1997, as Lance was completing his treatment for cancer and before he had resumed his cycling career.
- The Foundation provides free, bilingual patient navigation services to cancer patients/survivors and their families facing financial, practical and emotional challenges. 2.5 million people have been served by LIVESTRONG Navigation Services through one-to-one support, printed and online educational materials.
- The Foundation also advocates for funding, legislation and policies that further the fight against cancer. Lance and the Foundation recently backed Proposition 29, a California initiative designed to raise funds for cancer research through a $1 tobacco tax increase. Lance and the Foundation successfully backed Proposition 15 in Texas, passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2007. It created the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and a $3 billion fund for cancer research within the state. See the Foundation's Platform's & Priorities for more details on its legislative and advocacy work.
- Lance Armstrong has personally contributed nearly $6.5 million to the Foundation.
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer throughout the world. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Known for its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- the Foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
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