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Monday, July 25, 2005

Vive Le Lance

Not that most people care, but I think it would be remiss of the Blogosphere if no one mentioned the career crowning achievement which took place in Paris yesterday. Lance Armstrong became the first seven-time winner of the Tour d' France. Not only that, he won it seven times in a row. After beating cancer that had spread to so much of his body, his chances for mere survival (forget about remission and cycling) were less than "ok".

Forget about Lance Armstrong, the athlete. Forget Lance Armstrong, the man who left his wife for Cheryl Crow. Concentrate instead on Lance Armstrong, the man who might very well be the poster boy for beating a disease which kills more people than any other. Which affects one in every four people. Which has touched someone you know. Any person who has been (or is) stricken with this disease can look at this man for inspiration.

In 1996 in a teary interview, he announced he had cancer. He talked about how it had spread to his lungs and brain. He said he was going to beat it. He said he would race again. Honestly, no one believed it. But beat it he did. Then he went on to beat everyone else around him in an event which is 1 part sports, 99 parts torture.

So I say, good job Lance. You have been an inspiration to countless thousands. Enjoy the rest of your life. And most importantly, thank you for what you have accomplished.

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