Lance Armstrong, founder and chairman of LIVESTRONG (the Lance Armstrong Foundation), is a leading voice for cancer patients and survivors around the globe. He has used his visibility to inspire and empower people affected by cancer and to advocate on their behalf before global health institutions and world leaders.
Lance was a world champion cyclist and only 25 years old in the fall of 1996 when he was diagnosed with late-stage testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. Long before his prognosis improved, and during four rounds of chemotherapy and two surgeries, Lance established the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas that fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
The Foundation is now known by its powerful brand, LIVESTRONG, which is emblazoned on
yellow wristbands bought and worn by more than 82 million people worldwide to symbolize unity and hope in the fight against cancer.
Since defeating cancer, Lance has become the only cyclist ever to win the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times. Lance has also served on the President's Cancer Panel, an advisory group that reports directly to the U.S. President about Americans and cancer, for two consecutive terms.
Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, September 2011