Lance Armstrong Ends Retirement to Raise Cancer Awareness

by: cancercompass

Seven-time winner of the Tour de France, cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced he is coming out of retirement.

In addition to his goal of winning an eighth Tour de France, Armstrong says his return to professional cycling is intended to raise cancer awareness on a global scale.

In a statement released to the press Armstrong stated, "I am happy to announce that after talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden. This year alone, nearly eight million people will die of cancer worldwide."

In 1996 Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. Through surgery and chemotherapy he was able to beat the disease.

Armstrong has since waged war upon cancer. The 36-year-old Texan created LIVESTRONG, a foundation to raise knowledge of the disease and funds for research programs. He has also appeared on Capitol Hill to call on Congress to battle cancer.

Armstrong is scheduled to appear in New York City later this month to share details of his cycling program and an international LIVESTRONG strategy.