Lance’s ‘enhancers’

Lance Armstrong, maybe you’ve heard of him. The man with an astounding record of seven Tour de France titles has been stripped of every single one of those titles and banned from the sport of cycling for life. Does this seem to be a little bit of overkill? C’mon, it’s Lance Armstrong. Can’t we just give him a slap on the wrist and let him cycle along home?
Let us take a step back from all the allegations aimed at Armstrong and focus on what he has succeeded in, legally, so to speak. I’m not an accountant, but these numbers are pretty eye opening.

Armstrong has been raising money for the fight against cancer for about 15 years. He has raised over $470 million since 1997 to assist in finding a cure for cancer. His foundation has helped over 2.5 million people suffering from the devil’s companion, cancer. Oh, just in case everybody thinks his “Livestrong” campaign is nationwide, think again. The Lance Armstrong Foundation holds events in 65 countries annually.

“You’re a cheater! How can you live with yourself?!” You all have probably heard these accusations at one point or another.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Armstrong was given less than a 40 percent chance to live. Overcoming that obstacle is something I cannot even fathom. Overcoming that obstacle and competing in cycling championships all around the world is a jaw-dropping statistic. Yes, people will argue, “But his performance enhancers were an aid in helping him ‘win’ his titles.” To them I say, I fully acknowledge his use of illegal substances, but those substances weren’t the sole reason he won. Performance enhancers are simply labeled “enhancers” because they enhance your already existing performance. Duh.
Game. Set. Match.

Joseph A. Ritzdorf

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