We believe in life.
We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being.
And that you must not let cancer take control of it.
We believe in energy: channeled and fierce.
We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong.
Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything.
We kick in the moment you're diagnosed.
We help you accept the tears. Acknowledge the rage.
We believe in your right to live without pain.
We believe in information. Not pity.
And in straight, open talk about cancer.
With husbands, wives and partners. With kids, friends and neighbors. Your healthcare team. And the people you live with, work with, cry and laugh with.
This is no time to pull punches.
You're in the fight of your life.
We're about the hard stuff.
Like finding the nerve to ask for a second opinion.
And a third, or a fourth, if that's what it takes.
We're about preventing cancer. Finding it early. Getting smart about clinical trials.
And if it comes to it, being in control of how your life ends.
It's your life. You will have it your way.
We're about the practical stuff.
Planning for surviving. Banking your sperm. Preserving your fertility. Organizing your finances. Dealing with hospitals, specialists, insurance companies and employers.
It's knowing your rights.
It's your life.
Take no prisoners.
We're about the fight.
We're your advocate before policymakers. Your champion within the healthcare system. Your sponsor in the research labs.
And we know the fight never ends.
Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.
This is LIVESTRONG.
Founded and inspired by Lance Armstrong, one of the toughest cancer survivors on the planet.
We believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. Our programs, awareness events and advocacy work are the heart of what we do and our leaders and donors provide both the vision and the support for LIVESTRONG to carry out our mission.
Many of our leaders are cancer survivors. They've faced a cancer diagnosis, or supported family or friends with cancer. They understand the fight on a personal level and keep in mind the needs of survivors.
Our leaders serve as the guardian of our mission and ensure that our work continues to be appropriate, relevant and vital to the cancer community.
Learn more about our Core Leadership Team, Board of Directors and the Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment Board.
At age 25, Lance Armstrong is one of the world's best cyclists, winning the World Championship, the Tour DuPont and multiple Tour de France stages.
On October 2, he is diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer which spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. Lance declares himself a survivor—not a victim—and takes an active role in educating himself about his disease. Armed with knowledge, support and confidence in medicine he undergoes aggressive treatment and beats the disease.
Lance establishes the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).
The LAF hosts its inaugural fundraising cycling race.
The LAF awards its first research grant.
The LAF hosts its inaugural fundraising gala.
In one of the greatest comeback stories of all time, Lance wins cycling's most grueling race less than three years after being diagnosed with cancer. By accomplishing what most thought was impossible, Lance inspires cancer survivors around the world.
The LAF establishes the Founder's Circle for donors who give $500,000 and more.
The LAF establishes its grassroots fundraising initiative with 150 participants.
The LAF funds cancer survivorship programs at Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth, TX, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
The LAF awards its first community program grant to Wonders and Worries in Austin, Texas.
The LAF launches its community program to fund survivorship programs in Central Texas.
Lance is appointed to the President's Cancer Panel.
The LAF's community program expands nationwide and funds programs focused on physical activity, adolescents/young adults and survivorship education.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment is established.
LIVESTRONG.org is launched as an online resource for cancer survivors.
The LAF receives a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address cancer survivorship in medically underserved populations.
The LAF launches LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare.
The LIVESTRONG wristband and Wear Yellow Live Strong campaign begin.
The LAF's community program begins focus on palliative and end-of-life care programs and awards first multi-year grants.
The LAF awards its first Young Investigator research grants.
The LAF releases the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship with the CDC.
The LAF hosts the inaugural Community Program Conference, Building a Community of Hope.
The LAF receives a Four-Star Charity Navigator ranking, with more than 80 percent of LAF expenses invested in mission-related activities and grants.
The LAF hosts its inaugural LIVESTRONG Day.
The LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebook is introduced.
The LAF establishes its national partnerships program with other leading cancer organizations.
The LAF sells more than 55 million wristbands.
7,200 grassroots fundraisers raise more than $7 million for the LAF.
The LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network is established with five centers and 15 community affiliates.
The LAF hosts the LIVESTRONG Ride in Portland.
The LAF hosts the LIVESTRONG Gala in New York City.
The LAF reaches out to underserved populations through the Living After Cancer Treatment brochure series.
The LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance is established.
The LAF awards $500,000 to assist survivors affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Lance wins the Tour de France a record-breaking seventh time in a row.
The LAF hosts the inaugural LIVESTRONG Summit.
Four additional populations are added to Living After Cancer Treatment brochure series.
The LAF releases the report, Closing the Gap: Research and Care Imperatives for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute.
100 cancer advocates from all 50 states in Washington, D.C., and participants in more than 120 local events across the country, urge Congress to make funding for cancer research and programs a national priority on LIVESTRONG Day.
Launches the LIVESTRONG Challenge with runs, walks and rides in five cities across the nation.
LAF expands LIVESTRONG Day activities with 200 cancer advocates from all 50 states and more than 250 local LIVESTRONG Day events across the country.
Leads Texans to Cure Cancer efforts to mobilize communities across Texas to pass Proposition 15, a constitutional amendment up to $3 billion in state general revenue bonds to fund cancer research, prevention, early detection and control programs; Proposition 15 is the largest state-level investment in cancer research and prevention ever made.
Distributes more than 34,500 LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebooks to cancer survivors.
Expands the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Survivorship clinic opens at the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin, Texas.
LAF publishes the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group Implementation Report and Action Plan
Distributes more than 261,000 Living After Cancer Treatment brochures
Staff presents 10 oral sessions/posters and distributes information about the foundation at more than 20 health care-related professional conferences.
Holds the first-ever LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum, where six candidates from both parties pledge to renew the war on cancer and to make cancer a national priority.
620 grassroots events are held across the country on LIVESTRONG Day.
Lance testifies before Senator Ted Kennedy's Senate Health Committee in support of comprehensive cancer legislation.
Lance joins the four past Surgeons General to announce a National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.
Second LIVESTRONG Summit held in Columbus, Ohio, including the LIVESTRONG Presidential Town Hall on Cancer.
On a nationally televised event, Lance asks Senators McCain and Obama to name three specific things they would do to fight the disease. Both candidates respond. Both presidential candidates release cancer plans for the first time in history.
Lance announces his return to professional cycling.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation begins going by the name LIVESTRONG.
LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign launches and travels around the world, from Australia to Mexico to Italy throughout the year.
Lance rides in the Tour of California, Tour Down Under, Milan-San Remo, Giro d'Italia, and other races, including the Tour de France, where he places third.
The Campaign culminates in the landmark 2009 LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit, which brings together more than 500 world leaders, corporations, non-governmental organizations and advocates who are all working to reduce the burden of cancer in their own communities.
Cancer becomes leading cause of death around the world.
Nearly 350,000 votes are cast and awards are given to 60+ organizations with the first-ever LIVESTRONGCommunity Impact Project.
LIVESTRONG Global Anti-Stigma Campaign launches with a pilot campaign in South Africa through culturally relevant and targeted messaging.
Survivorship Centers of Excellence Network five-year goals achieved establishing survivorship as a component of care at network sites.
The LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center opens its doors in Austin, offering free one-on-one services to survivors, their family, friends and caregivers face-to-face. The Center is modeled in part on the patient navigation concept pioneered by board member Harold P. Freeman, MD.
More than 1,100 grassroots LIVESTRONG Day events are held in 65 countries.
LIVESTRONG and the American Cancer Society release the joint report, Global Economic Cost of Cancer, which shows that cancer has the most devas¬tating economic impact of any cause of death in the world, costing the global economy nearly a trillion dollars a year.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA expands to now reaches survivors at more than 80 YMCAs in 40 cities.
Successful advocacy actions include passage of Smoke Free San Antonio, protection of federal cancer funding through One Voice Against Cancer Coalition and more than 400 new advocates are trained on how to share their cancer stories and raise awareness for LIVESTRONG.
Parade Magazine, circulation 74 million, dedicates an issue to cancer survivorship based on the LIVESTRONGSurvey for Post Treatment Cancer Survivors launched in 2006. LIVESTRONG also launches How Cancer Has Impacted Your Life: A LIVESTRONG Survey.
Feedback is gathered from 10,000 individuals on electronic health information exchange and results are shared at ASCO, on LIVESTRONG.org, at the Biennial Survivorship Cancer Conference and by clinical oncology journals.
At age 25, Lance Armstrong was one of the world's best cyclists. He proved it by winning the World Championships, the Tour Du Pont and multiple Tour de France stages. Lance Armstrong seemed invincible and his future was bright.
Then they told him he had cancer.
Next to the challenge he now faced, bike racing seemed insignificant. The diagnosis was testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men aged 15–35. If detected early, its cure rate is a promising 90 percent. Like most young, healthy men, Lance ignored the warning signs, and he never imagined the seriousness of his condition. Going untreated, the cancer had spread to Lance's abdomen, lungs and brain. His chances dimmed.
Then a combination of physical conditioning, a strong support system and competitive spirit took over. He declared himself not a cancer victim but a cancer survivor. He took an active role in educating himself about his disease and the treatment. Armed with knowledge and confidence in medicine, he underwent aggressive treatment and beat the disease.
During his treatment, before his recovery, before he even knew his own fate, he created the Lance Armstrong Foundation. This marked the beginning of Lance's life as an advocate for people living with cancer and a world representative for the cancer community.
Lance Armstrong's victories in the 1999–2005 Tours de France are awe-inspiring, but the battle against cancer has just begun—not just for him, but for all cancer survivors and people just like him who think cancer could not affect them. He plans to lead this fight, and he hopes that you join him. This is a life he owes to cancer. This is his choice to LIVESTRONG.
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