If Lance Armstrong went to jail and Livestrong went away, that would be a huge setback in our war against cancer, right? Not exactly
I had both Mortenson and Armstrong in mind when I wrote this: both were facing legal investigations, and both would end up using their philanthropic work as part of their PR defense. The “awareness” wording was a jab at Livestrong, since raising cancer awareness is a major part of the organization’s mission.
McLane agrees. “If we applied the science we already have, we could cure almost everybody,” she says. “The search for a cure could have already been successful. It’s removing the barriers to the treatment that can cause that cure that is the real problem for many people all over the world.”
Similarly, the issue with Lance Armstrong isn't whether he has done good for cancer victims, but rather, whether he first cheated to beat his opponents then used his fraudulent titles to help promote an organization that appears to do good but also enriches a fraudster.
First off, the reference to my Tweet about my cancer was to the comment I made a couple of hours I made after being laid-off by VeloNews. A little shaken up, I said - to my then small cadre of 65 or so followers - "A bit nervous. On top of everything, cancer surgery on Tuesday. All I ask, though, just don't buy me a @#$ing yellow rubberband."
Lance opted to retweet the thing to his million-billion followers and offered up "wow. stay classy charles." To which I responded "I will. I promise. Can you make the same commitment?" (Apparently, he couldn't. It's been radio silence since.)
I really need him to be that one guy who overcame all sorts of horrible and just did what he did and did it so well that nobody could touch him,
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