By Gary Boulanger, BikeRadar.com
Cancer survivor and seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been named in TIME Magazine's fifth annual Top 100 list, a prestigious group of the world's most influential people, in the Heroes and Pioneers category.
Armstrong's biography was written by cancer survivor Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former US presidential candidate John Edwards. He's listed with tennis star Andre Agassi and musician Peter Gabriel, among others, based on his efforts with the Livestrong Foundation, which has raised more than US$250 million for cancer research and awareness since 1997.
On May 8, Armstrong appeared before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for a hearing called Cancer: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century. To read his prepared testimony, visit this link from the Livestrong blog. A fellow witness was Elizabeth Edwards.
Armstrong and his Livestrong Foundation staff are ramping up for the second Livestrong Summit, scheduled to take place July 24-27, 2008, at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. The first Summit took place October 27-29, 2006, in Austin, Texas.
Through an application process, the Foundation will identify 1,000 current and potential leaders who are willing to champion the cause in their communities.