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    Posted January 15, 2013 by
    Jacksonville, Florida
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    Lance Armstrong speaks out



    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Andrewdc22 says he got his LIVESTRONG tattoo at age 20 because he couldn't wear the yellow bracelets while playing college baseball, and because the slogan resonates with him. 'LIVESTRONG represents being able to conquer even the toughest of obstacles, including cancer,' he said, adding that his grandfather and aunt both died of cancer. Now, his friends wonder what he will do with his tattoo, and he is 'torn' about his plans. He says Lance Armstrong 'still should be an inspiration' but he has reservations. 'It is incredible that he won 7 Tours, but he cheated. It's plain and simple. And the fact that after all the cancer he suffered from he would do unnatural things that could harm his body is just something I can't fathom.'
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    I loved Lance Armstrong and all that he stood for. I read his book and was inspired. My family has been hurt by cancer losing both my grandpa and aunt. Ever since LIVESTRONG was created I have always supported, buying both the bracelets and the apparel. Last year I went so far as to get a LIVESTRONG tattooed on my wrist. It was my first and only tattoo. Now, after all that has come out the tattoo kind of embarrasses me. I still support the LIVESTRONG cause and I am still in awe of what Lance Armstrong was able to do, doping or not, but both the foundation and Lance are now tainted.
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