Armstrong's charity says bowed, not crippled by doping scandal
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A top official with the cancer charity founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong acknowledged on Thursday that the athlete's doping scandal had tarnished its reputation and created "headwinds that were not only stiff but heartbreaking."
But Andy Miller, executive vice president of the Livestrong Foundation, said the group was "bigger than its founder" and insisted its fund-raising and outreach programs for those diagnosed with cancer had not been irreparably damaged by the scandal.
"It's been a difficult year," Miller told the group's annual convention in Chicago.
Miller said the doping scandal was a "moment of enormous opportunity" for Livestrong. "We certainly have people's attention," he said.
"Will the Livestrong Foundation survive? Yes. Absolutely yes. Hell yes. Our work is too meaningful, our role too unique, the need too great to stand for any other answer."
Livestrong volunteers attending the convention reacted to Miller's speech positively, saying it would help the organization turn the page and concentrate again on its mission.