Lance Armstrong Cuts Ties to Livestrong on Heels of Doping Scandal

Lance Armstrong’s had a hell of a month…  He lost his seven Tour de France titles and his personal sponsors including Nike and Anheuser-Busch on the heels of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banning him from cycling for life and stripping him of his titles.  He denies doping but wants to save Livestrong, the charity he founded, from further damage due to the scandal.

On October 17th he resigned as chairman, but kept a seat on the board.  And, just last week, Armstrong resigned from the board of directors completely.

The organization still respects the role he has played as a champion for serving cancer survivors.  Although they have cut ties, Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane said that Armstrong “remains the inspiration” and is still its largest donor with nearly $7 million over the years.

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Livestrong president and CEO Doug Ulman and Lance Armstrong address participants of a charity ride last month in Austin, Texas.

“Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer. His devotion to serving survivors is unparalleled and for 15 years, he committed himself to that cause with all his heart,” said Jeff Garvey, new Livestrong board chairman.

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Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France jerseys still hung on the wall last month at Livestrong headquarters.

via ESPN

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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