- Posted October 17, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Lance Armstrong speaks out
Cancer is bigger than Lance
'As a cyclist, I love what Lance accomplished, though like so many others I always suspected that he was guilty of doping along with so many other members of the peloton; as a human being who has watched too many people suffer the loss of a loved one - especially a child - I love what Lance created in Livestrong,' he wrote in an email.
'Though the pic of Lance leading his Discovery teammates in the Team Time Trial at the 2005 Tour de France will be coming off my office wall, the bright yellow Livestrong bracelet will remain on my wrist.'
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer <
I lost my Uncle John to cancer when I was in college, my father lost his second wife to cancer, and I know too many people who've lost loved ones - young, old, and in-between - to cancer over the years. Several friends are in remission or have just been diagnosed. Unless they live under a rock, EVERYBODY knows at least one person who has felt the impact of this insidious disease. Cancer sucks.
Yes, cancer SUCKS, and it is much bigger than Lance Armstrong.
If true - and I believe they are - the charges and punishment leveled against Lance represent what so many have suspected and hoped would transpire for so long. What a shame, what a huge shame. This said, what Lance initiated through the formation of a foundation in his name and efforts through Livestrong far exceed this formal and seemingly final recognition of Lance's fallibility.
For the sake of the bigger picture and what truly matters, I hope Livestrong lives on and flourishes. Whether he resigned on his own or was forced out, that Lance is no longer part of Livestrong is good. I will continue to wear my Livestrong bracelet to show support for those impacted by cancer and in memory of those who lost the battle. I will continue to wear Livestrong-branded t-'s and cycling clothes. The picture on my office wall, however, will likely be coming down.