On 16th May 2000 I heard the words "Unfortunately, when we talk about your condition we have to use the word 'cancer'. In your case it's Testicular Cancer. I want you in hospital tomorrow morning, the theatre is booked for 4pm for the necessary surgery to remove the cancerous testicle, and on 29th May you'll start chemotherapy....." Wow! hardly begins to cover my reaction. I wanted GOOD information ... and fast! Through the Lance Armstrong website I found exactly the information I so desperately needed. I've seen the LAF grow from basically a one-man crusade to the Number 1 national and international advocate against this horrible, nasty disease. This organisation is just SO worthy of support, your money or your time/effort will not be wasted - it will go straight to the battle against cancer. I really could NOT overstate just how worthy the LAF is of support ... it's No 1, plain and simple, no ifs buts or ands ... it just IS !
The Lance Armstrong Foundation has provided me with a conduit to channel my rage, my energy and my desire to LiveSTRONG during my battle to overcome my Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Since my diagnosis in May of 2000, through numerous treatments, 2 relapses and now being cancer-free for 1 year, the LAF has been there. Events such as The LiveSTRONG Challenge and The Ride for the Roses have provided a means of celebrating life and uniting with cancer warriors from all over the country and the world to show our strength in this fight. By embracing the LiveSTRONG lifestyle, I have become an avid cyclist, and have ridden thousands of miles during treatment and with active cancer. It is what has gotten me through the past 9 years. Founded by cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, both the man and the people who work in the organization provide inspiration to all of us to work tirelessly to rid the world of cancer.
I attended the LIVESTRONG Summit, sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. They brought together 1000 leaders in the fight against cancer-- from researchers to fundraisers to advocates. I was truly inspired by the event; my experience was invaluable to my work. I really appreciate what the Foundation has done to unite advocates in the endeavor of making cancer a national priority.