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    Posted January 16, 2013 by
    Muntinlupa City, Philippines
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    Lance Armstrong speaks out

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    The Advocacy of Livestrong Foundation should Go On


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sergiom says he took a picture of his nephew's Livestrong bracelet. He said, 'You’re looking at a Livestrong bracelet that was given to me by a cousin of mine who now resides in the U.S. I feel that people who have such bracelets should continue to wear such things. I think people should continue to support Livestrong’s advocacy even if its founder is now a suspect in using performance-enhancing drugs when he was competing on cycling events.'
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    Lance Armstrong has somehow admitted to Miss Oprah Winfrey that he was kind of guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs. Using performance-enhancing drugs in order to win in cycling competitions is both immoral and disgusting. Sports officials from all over the world should really strive hard to prevent any form of cheating, whether it’s using performance-enhancing drugs or not, from happening over and over again in any sporting event. The doping allegations against Lance Armstrong and his recent admission that he may have been guilty of doping should serve as a wake-up call to all sports officials and sponsors about preventing sports participants from using performance-enhancing drugs. Cheating and cheaters should have no room in any sporting event. Improving the ways and means of finding out who among athletes may be guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs should be prioritized by all sports officials and sponsors from all over the world.

    Though Lance Armstrong may have been guilty of doping in certain cycling competitions, it can’t be denied that his foundation called as the Livestrong Foundation has helped so many cancer patients in the United States and from other parts of the world. The advocacy of such a foundation is now much bigger than the doping scandal that Lance Armstrong is currently facing, so to speak. Lance Armstrong is himself a cancer survivor and the Livestrong Foundation has certainly inspired and helped many cancer patients in the US and all over the world to recover and be cancer survivors themselves. The Livestrong Foundation has somehow become a guiding light and a strong support group for cancer patients from all over the world. It’s only proper that the advocacy of such group and the group itself would go on to help the cancer patients of this planet. The foundation has a noble cause to pursue. The foundation should go on!

    My cousin who is now living in the US sent me a Livestrong wristband last year. I wear it from time to time in order to show my support for the Livestrong Foundation’s noble cause of helping cancer patients to survive. Would I still wear it even if its founder Lance Armstrong has confessed on using performance-enhancing drugs to win in cycling competitions? My answer is ‘yes’. I would still wear the Livestrong wristband because such wristband represents the noble cause that the Livestrong Foundation is pursuing. The advocacy of Livestrong Foundation to help cancer patients recover and become cancer survivors is certainly a good and noble cause in this world of ours. Even if its founder would later be found to be guilty of doping, the advocacy of Livestrong Foundation has now become a ray of hope for all of the world’s cancer patients.
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