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Lance Armstrong

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Updated December 14, 2009

Lance Armstrong
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Lance Armstrong's story of cancer survival reads like an oncological tall tale. In 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen, lungs, and brain at the young age of 25. The odds were against his survival, but within two years, Armstrong was deemed cancer-free after undergoing extensive chemotherapy and surgery.

The two-time Tour de France champ went on to win five more after battling cancer. He founded the LIVESTRONG Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization that promotes cancer awareness and funds cancer research. The slogan LIVESTRONG became so popular that it was branded on yellow wristbands, which were worn by those committed to cancer awareness. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets went to cancer research -- as of December 2009, over 70 million wristbands have been sold at $1 each.

Unlike many cancer survivors, Lance was also able to have a child without the aid of fertilization treatments, despite having a testicle removed. Lance's girlfriend became pregnant naturally and the couple welcomed a boy in June of 2009.

There is no debate that Lance Armstrong is one of the greatest health turnarounds of the decade. To survive such advanced cancer when statistically he should have died, go on to win five more Tour de France competitions, and to naturally conceive a child when most people who undergo the same treatment are left infertile, sounds like a movie script than a biography. His miraculous cancer journey serves as an inspiration to cancer patients and survivors worldwide.

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