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OK - so I'm sure he sent it to a lot of people.

But, I guess this is a good thing, right?  

Hey, at least the guy is speaking out strongly on behalf of something he believes in.  I'm actually a little shocked at how strongly he talks about the President's budget as it relates to cancer.

Here's what he sent:

Dear XXXX,

Somewhere in America today, someone will be told they have cancer.  It's a scene that will be repeated 3,500 times throughout your standard work day - that's the equivalent of more than seven new cancer diagnoses every minute that you spend at the office. 

That day came for me on October 2, 1996.  Like 10 million other Americans currently living with cancer, I suddenly faced a new world filled with fears, doubts, challenges and questions.  But I was lucky.  Unlike those being diagnosed today, I never had to question my government's commitment to my future.  However, this week Congress is considering a budget that, for the first time in 40 years, slashes funding for cancer research programs, cancer survivorship programs and important cancer-related initiatives. 

If Congress approves the President's proposed 2007 budget, lawmakers will effectively turn their backs on our national commitment to defeating one of our leading killers and turn back the clock on progress against the disease Americans fear most.  As proposed, the 2007 budget cuts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget by $179 million and carves $40 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  Far from arbitrary figures, these funding cuts translate directly into diminished research discovery, treatments and programs that help people with cancer live life on their own terms. 

While all of us understand the need for budget constraint and the difficult choices facing our elected officials, we also know that taking money from the fight against cancer is not a tough choice - it's simply the wrong one. 

We have so much to gain and too much to lose, so I'm challenging you to join me in this effort today by contacting your representatives in Washington.  I urgently need your help to protect funding for cancer programs.  

Tell your representatives loud and clear that the fight against cancer deserves more, not less.  To contact your representative now, simply reply to this email or send a message from our Web site.



Forward this email to your friends, family and others who you think will want to help stop our nation from turning back in the fight against cancer.

Sincerely,





Lance Armstrong

Cancer Survivor

Founder, Lance Armstrong Foundation

I think this is interesting.  I know that when he retired there was a lot of speculation about whether he would enter into politics or not.  It certainly seems like he's getting more involved by sending out emails like this - but how?  Is he going to be an activist?

I guess it's a good thing that he's putting himself out there.  I wonder what kind of response he'll get.

Originally posted to DBJ on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 09:50 PM PST.

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  •  missing a poll choice (0+ / 0-)

    I suppose it depends on how you define "enter into politics". This doesn't seem all that different than all of the other work he has done to help raise funds for cancer research. But then, he was known by most people (if at all) as that cycling guy with the yellow wristband. He retired from cycling but i don't think he ever planned to give up the cancer work. He knows that he's a "face" and maybe it can help. With apologies to both (and yourself—i'm not flaming here), it would be like wondering if Jane Goodall is going to run for Senate because she appears in a PBS doc.

    But i'm rambling. The email from Lance is very sobering. Cancer is indeed a particularaly horrible way to go.

    -7.00,-7.74 "He is a bad version of us! No more money for him."

    by subtropolis on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 10:15:35 PM PST

  •  what I'd like to see (1+ / 0-)
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    is Lance going after some of the causes of cancer rather than only focusing on treatment after the fact

  •  Lie with dogs and catch fleas (2+ / 0-)
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    zeroooo, mataliandy

    He did his job for Bush, serving as a key photo op during the height of the summer Camp Casey weeks. I guess Armstrong was a very effective tool for the time that he was needed. He should'a known how his good buddy Dubya was gonna treat'im.

  •  If Lance wants to revive cancer research (0+ / 0-)

    all he has to do is start selling bracelets that say "President Bush is a Major Shit-for-Brains"

    resist much, obey little

    by frankzappatista on Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 12:01:32 AM PST

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