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    Lance Armstrong speaks out

    LIVESTRONG THOUGHTS

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Cam1216 told me, 'Cancer became a part of my life as a teenager when my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer, long story short we lost my grandfather on December 18, 2007 due to lung cancer. At that point, I found Livestrong not to only be about one cancer or just cycling, I found it to be quite dynamic. I am in no way an avid cyclist nor do I suffer from cancer but I feel it is a major part of my life since 2007. In early 2011 I got "Live Strong 100% POSZIBLE" tattooed on my left forearm as I was personally touched by a family whoms father and husband was dying of cancer and I wear my bracelet everyday.'
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    My name is Christopher Michael, I am a 25 year old, from Maryland. this is the first time i have ever had such an opinion about a major news article but here it goes. I found that Lance Armstrong admitting to doping was a classy thing to do. With that being said I do not think such an action should nullify all he has done for Livestrong and cancer research around the world. Lance gave us all hope, whether some believe it or not. What may have started as prostate cancer has become so much more, it's become a way of life. Lance in my eyes is a great man for what he has done, accomplished, and overcome throughout his lifetime. As a Baltimore Ravens fan and hearing Ray Lewis retirement is looming (hopefully not before we win it all) but when it came out, one of the main articles I read was about not forgetting about the murder victims. Now obviously that's a touchy subject but take that situation and put it towards the Lance Armstrong doping situation. Yes, he has been accused and has now admitted, yes, he is guilty. But let us not forget all that he has done for cycling, LIVESTRONG and all the hope he has brought into millions of people's lives. I lost my grandfather in 2007 on a cold morning on December 18. He died of lung cancer, my world was crushed but since that day, unless my bracelet broke I have worn it without fail. I completely understand the anger that has and will ensue from this admission of guilt but in this crazy world we must find a way to accept, forgive, and look at the positives. In the end, we all find the negative in the best of situations but maybe we should start finding the positives in the worst situations. LIVESTRONG
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