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Poster: the used to be cancer guy
Subject: RE: Livestrong expose in Outside magazine
As someone who used to have cancer - I hate the term cancer "survivor" - I have no use for Lance. Raising funds for cancer research is a worthy cause. Using cancer to promote yourself when you are a questionable role model and using a charity to try to insulate yourself from criticism for being a jerk and suspected cheater is not admirable in my book.[/quote]
Good to hear. What's your personal experience amongst other people who've had/have cancer? I'd think your thoughts were more the exception than rule. Anyone get defensive about Lance if you told them your thoughts, or respect your perspective?[/quote]
My mom bought me his book and I saw a man with faith in nothing except sports. I know his step father and his hypocritical alcoholism and faith ruined Lance of a lot of things. The bike was his way to try and control things, find an escape, and, get the hell out of dodge. Personally, I feel bad for the guy. I am glad that he overcame all the stuff he did. He had it a lot worse than I did, and, what he accomplished athletically is pretty awesome, but, I see someone who is one-dimensional because the sank their entire life into one thing. As far as taking cues from Lance on faith, I'll pass. Awareness is crap. Give the money to people who need it, not football players who wear pink gloves. My family struggled last year to make ends meet. No organization supported us. Awareness did nothing. It was the generosity of people who gave us money, not organizations like Livestrong, that made a difference in my life. I think if people need handholding, he's got some good stuff. But, I am now a very strong advocate of helping people, not organizations no matter who their poster boy is.
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