What today means to me – Lance Armstrong

October 2nd, 2010

Dear Joseph,

Thirteen years ago today, I was diagnosed with cancer. Every year since then, October 2 has served as a reminder to me that even though cancer left my body, it will always be a part of my life.

And thanks to the commitment of LIVESTRONG supporters like you, what was a personal anniversary is now a day that the entire community can rally around. It’s a day when we come together and wear yellow, attend events and renew our commitment to fight cancer for as long as it takes—and to do our part to raise awareness of the 28 million people fighting cancer worldwide.

LIVESTRONG Day is a declaration that we won’t quit and we won’t retreat. That’s why events today will have a real impact by making our voice even louder:

www.livestrong.org/livestrongday

With each passing year, it becomes clearer that one day we’ll reach our goal of a world without cancer.

So many survivors are standing tall right now. So many friends, family members, and supporters are providing the strength and courage it takes to fight this disease.

The world needs to hear that defeating cancer is our highest priority. I appreciate all that you’re doing today to make that global statement loud and clear.

Thanks,

Lance Armstrong

P.S. Watch this powerful video LIVESTRONG put together showing what this day means—and carry this message with you today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL8mCjS0Noc

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October 2nd, 2010

LIVESTRONG 2010

– “A Walk in the Park” Photo Gallery

October 2nd, 2010

Today in Vaughan, Ontario (Canada) we stand up to the fight against cancer:

LIVESTRONG 2010 A Walk in the Park“- symbolized more than a beautiful October  morning walk in Boyd Conservation Park, it embodied the realities of living and caring for cancer patients.

The crisp moring park air offered a perfect setting for reflection as we exchangesd stories of cancer treatments, endurance, worry, sorrow, anticipation and the miracle of survival.

God Bless Lance Armstrong for the solidarity he has created in LIVESTRONG  – Hats off to this year’s participants who truly made the day special at Boyd Conservation Park

JOSEPH PORROVECCHIO (SURVIVOR)
Host of LIVESTRONG 2010 (Vaughan, ON, Canada)

Below are some photos of the wonderful time we had at: LIVESTRONG 2010 – “A Walk in the Park”.

Be sure to check-out other global  LIVESTRONG 2010 EVENTS @  http://livestrongday.posterous.com

A LIVESTRONG Day Event | LIVESTRONG Day 2010

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Livestrong 2010

Support of LIVESTRONG Day in Vaughn, Ontario – it’s as easy as a walk in the park! Come Join us for an autumn walk through beautiful Boyd Park!

http://www.livestrong.org/Take-Action/LIVESTRONG-Action/Livestrong-Day-2010/Event-Details?EventId=3247


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