BJ'S BLOG 10/18/12 "Lance is not a Hero"
Yesterday we talked about Lance Armstrong’s announcement where he said that he is stepping down as chairmen from his cancer fighting charity “Livestrong” so that they can focus on their real mission and not his problems.
For those who don’t know, Lance Armstrong is the famous cancer survivor and cyclist who won seven Tour de France titles. Back in August, after failure to contest the charges of anti-doping rules violations, he was stripped of all his awards and prizes.
Here is his statement about why he is stepping down as chairmen of Livestrong:
“This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart,” the cancer survivor said in a statement. “Today, therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.”
Nike has also dropped him as a sponsor saying: “Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in any manner.”
Livestrong was founded back in 1997 and has raised over $500 million to support cancer patients. The fact that this charity has been able to help so many people is a great thing but everything Lance has done to build it has been a lie.
We in this country love a good lie because we love a fairy tale ending. Some people are willing to forgive his lying because he did help raise a lot of money with a charity but I can’t.
The thing that always bothered me about Lance is that people put him on this pedestal as a superhero because he was competing and winning Tour De France races after recovering from cancer.
That is a horrible thing to do to the people who are suffering from cancer. Let’s put this person on a pedestal falsely that other cancer victims feel badly about not being able to get out of bed some days when they see this guy biking in big races. It’s unfair for people to compare themselves to someone who allegedly was cheating this whole time.
Sadly if he ever comes out and he admits he really lied about doping, he's probably going to say "I had to lie, look at all the money we raised for Livestrong."
It is a really bad thing when we idolize people to the point to where it’s fiction and we make ourselves feel like crap when we can’t live up to these people.
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