Triad Cancer Survivor Weighs In On Lance Armstrong's Reputation, Advocacy

9:10 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- With Lance Armstrong's name and reputation forever tainted, what does it mean for the cause he championed -- fighting cancer?

On Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey told CBS News Armstrong talked about using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career during a taped interview on Monday.

As news of Armstrong's confession spread, so did disappointment.

But Livestrong, and the yellow arm bands, made Armstrong perhaps the most recognized champion for cancer research.

The Livestrong Foundation, which Armstrong started to help people battling cancer, has been recognized as one of the most influential cancer non-profits in the world.

Over the past 15 years, Armstrong has helped his foundation raise more than $500 million to fund programs and services for people fighting cancer.

So, do cancer survivors and patients think Armstrong's confession discredits his cause?

According to Pamela Hinchee, who's battled cancer seven times, while Armstrong's titles and awards can be taken away, the impact he made on those with cancer cannot.

"It's hope and support to cancer patients, which is worth more than probably everything he's ever earned in his lifetime. Because that's all you have when you're fighting this disease is hope that tomorrow will be better than today," said Hinchee.

While Hinchee has never met Armstrong or benefitted directly from his foundation, she believes in all it stands for.

Hinchee said people fighting cancer in the public eye are her rock stars, from her favorite football coach Chuck Pagano to Lance Armstrong.

"It doesn't change to me who he is and the good that he's done. It's apples and oranges to me. Cycling was his sport. Cancer, I believe, is his passion and helping people. Those are two very different worlds," said Hinchee.

Hinchee said she hopes people do not feel less-inclined to support Livestrong, but she also knows it's hard for people to forgive.

Armstrong no longer serves on the board of directors at Livestrong.

The foundation's mission remains to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.


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