Lance Armstrong steps down as chairman of Livestrong foundation
19 October 2012
Lance Armstrong, founder and chairman of the Livestrong foundation, stepped down yesterday after an investigation by the US anti-doping agency found him and his team mates to have been involved in a doping programme.
Regarding his status as chairman of the cancer non-profit organization’s board of directors, Mr Armstrong said: “I have had the great honor of serving as this foundation’s chairman for the last five years and its mission and success are my top priorities. Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.”
The Livestrong foundation has served people affected by cancer since its founding in 1996 and has worked closely with the international hospice and palliative care community. The foundation supports advocacy coalitions and programmes related to cancer treatment, care and support throughout the world.
The current vice chairman, Jeff Garvey, will assume the duties of chairman. Mr Garvey has been with the foundation for 15 years. Doug Ulman, Livestrong President and CEO said: “We are grateful to Jeff Garvey for assuming the responsibilities of chairman. Jeff has been a guiding presence for Livestrong for 15 years and we look forward to a seamless transition under his leadership and a continued strong focus on our core values and mission.”
Read more about the work of the Livestrong foundation in Africa on the Africa edition of ehospice.