11. Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France winner

Inspires Millions of cancer survivors

Did he or didn’t he? It doesn’t matter to cancer survivors. While weathering (at least for now) a flurry of doping allegations, Lance Armstrong, 40, has spearheaded one of the most successful fundraising initiatives in history. His $400 million Livestrong foundation has become an international force in the fight against cancer. In 2007, Armstrong successfully campaigned across Texas for Proposition 15, which commits $3 billion toward cancer research over ten years; last year he lobbied the state of California to create a 2012 ballot initiative that would impose a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes to generate some $855 million for cancer research. And last fall, Livestrong opened the Cancer Navigation Center, a $575,000 free-counseling facility in Austin.

By the Numbers Three million: followers on Twitter

Second Opinion “As a celebrity and a cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong has raised funds for cancer treatment for thousands of people around the world,” says former President Bill Clinton, who works with Armstrong through the Clinton Global -Initiative. “Livestrong is working to make the latest medicine and technology available to people on every continent.”

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