I have a problem. The beginning of chapter five in my book, Helping Johnny Listen, begins like this:
"Life is filled with inspirational stories of people who have overcome amazing odds to achieve amazing results. Take for instance, Lance Armstrong. At the young age of twenty-five, this young, promising bicyclist was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The cancer had spread quickly, being found throughout this abdomen, lungs, and lymph nodes. After aggressive treatment, Armstrong was at first given a 75 percent chance of survival, which soon dropped to 40 percent when the doctors found cancer in his brain. The rest of the story is one of epic proportions, only the kind of results normally found in the movies.
Two years later, in 1999, he won the Tour de France for the first time and continued to win it for seven straight years until his retirement in 2005. From 2002 to 2005, Armstrong was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. He has said that although he is a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, he is mostly a full time cancer survivor. He has overcome amazing odds to achieve amazing results." (127)
Following in the spirit of Nike and all of his other endorsements, I would like to fire Lance Armstrong from my book. Apparently, the rest of the story will be one of epic proportions, just not the good, moral kind.