11. Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France winner

Oct 5, 2011
Outside Magazine

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.

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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.”