Lance Armstrong may or may not be a cheat in the cycling competition world, but he wasn’t cheating when he founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997. As you read the foundation’s milestones, it is very clear that the nonprofit has accomplished a great deal in its history.
From cancer survivorship programs, to launching LIVESTRONG.org, an online resource for cancer survivors; from releasing the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship with the CDC to hosting conferences and summits, the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s boards, volunteers, and staff have supported cancer survivors on a daily basis.
Armstrong may have been its founder and board chair (until recently); he may have been the inspiration behind people’s initial involvement, but in the end, who benefits from the charity’s work? Cancer survivors, their families, and healthcare providers. How can any donor contributing to the charity’s good work want to penalize the people the foundation serves because of one individual’s unrelated acts or behavior?
The mission is bigger than me. It’s bigger than any individual,” Armstrong said on Friday in his opening remarks at Livestrong’s 15th anniversary celebration.”
What do you say? Do you say, “Shame on them,” or do you think they make a good point?