It is with considerable distress that we note Lance Armstrong’s decision, earlier today, to step down as the chairman of the Livestrong Foundation, following issuance of a detailed, 1,000-page report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last week.
There are bound to be numerous individual (and corporate) reactions of very differing types to this announcement. Our distress relates to the fact that all the good that Mr. Armstrong may have sought to do over the past 20 years has finally been placed in a context that has forced some of his closest associates to deny his own denials about his personal involvement in doping activities during his cycling career.
The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink has never provided funding to support Livestrong since we felt any money we could raise from prostate cancer was better directed specifically to the activities of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. However, we also feel quite sure that many who have raised money for Livestrong over the years may be very distressed by the information that is now being made public. Mr. Armstrong may still be able to “rescue” his personal reputation and that of the Livestrong Foundation … but to do so he is going to need to take some more serious steps than just stepping down from the chairmanship of the organization he founded.