AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Oct 10, 2012) - 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:
"Our long-standing concerns about the impartiality and fairness of USADA's proceeding are compounded today. As a federal judge pointed out, USADA appears motivated more by publicity rather than fulfilling its mission.
"Lance Armstrong's legacy as a cancer fighter is literally second to none. Because of his leadership and vision, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has served more than 2.5 million people affected by cancer over the last 15 years. His courage in speaking out about his own diagnosis sparked a cultural shift in this country in how we think about cancer survivors. His leadership helped produce a $3 billion investment in cancer research and prevention in Texas in 2007, with the passage of Proposition 15. Lance devoted six years to serving this nation on the President's Cancer Panel. His dedication to advancing the fight against cancer in the United States and throughout the world is unparalleled. We are deeply grateful for his leadership and incredibly proud of his achievements, both on and off the bike."
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. More than 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 throughout the world affected by cancer. 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.