Why Lance Armstrong is still an honorable man
In the arena of cycling or any other sport, life and death are usually not at stake. Cycling is a sport - nothing more, nothing less. It is not life and death. Cancer is life and death. In this respect, Lance Armstrong is a winner, a leader and an honorable man.
Lance beat cancer, which propelled his rise to fame. He then used these things in the most positive manner possible, creating a foundation that raises money to research and fight cancer. The Livestrong Foundation is recognized worldwide and gives hope and inspiration to millions.
When I had cancer and was having a difficult time, I read Lance's book and wrote him a letter. He responded personally, sending me a signed Livestrong hat and a hand-signed letter. That inspired me to keep fighting and to never give up. How many other world-famous athletes or celebrities would do this?
Lance went out of his way to help me even though he did not even know me. The man cares deeply about cancer and people. His foundation and deeds outside of cycling clearly demonstrate this.
The positive work Lance has done, and will continue to do, for the cancer and medical communities far outweighs his mistakes as a professional athlete.
We should look at this situation in the larger scope of things. Real life and cancer are much bigger and more important than sports. That is why Lance Armstrong is a good man, and that is how he should be remembered.