ARLINGTON – Some North Texas cancer survivors hope Lance Armstrong’s foundation dedicated to fighting the disease, Livestrong, has the strength to overcome its founder’s disgrace from a doping scandal.
Arlington resident James Baker works out using a routine he learned in a YMCA program designed by the foundation. Both he and his wife are cancer survivors.
“They’re completely separate,” Baker says of Armstrong and his East Austin-based charity. “There’s the Tour de France on one hand and the foundation on the other.”
Armstrong stepped down as Livestrong’s chairman on Wednesday but remains on the board. Major sponsors Nike, Radio Shack and Annheiser Busch all severed ties with Armstrong. Nike says it will continue to fund the foundation, which charity experts praise for its efficiency and cancer-fighting programs.
The National Cancer Society also released a statement supporting Livestrong. Baker says the foundation gave him and his wife a support group as well as physical training.
He hopes the foundation continues to receive the support it needs to thrive and doesn’t suffer from its founder’s tarnished image