SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation

November 19, 2009 10:30 ET

LIVESTRONG® Founder and Chairman Lance Armstrong Receives American Cancer Society's Highest Honor for His Contributions to Cancer Control

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - November 19, 2009) - Today LIVESTRONG Founder and Chairman, cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong will be awarded the American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor for Cancer Control at the organization's annual conference in Los Angeles, CA. Armstrong is among four Americans who are receiving the Society's highest honor. The other Medal of Honor recipients include Arnold J. Levine, Ph.D. and Edward E. Harlow, Ph.D. for Basic Research; and Marvin Zelen, Ph.D. for Clinical Research.

"I am extremely humbled to receive the American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor," said Armstrong. "During my own battle with cancer, I established LIVESTRONG with a modest goal to help at least one person affected by this disease. While we exceeded that goal long ago, the burden of cancer tragically continues to grow worldwide. This year, we established the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign to reverse that deadly trend and we are already making significant strides in elevating cancer as a global priority. I thank the American Cancer Society for this honor and for being a valued partner in our cancer control efforts."

Medal of Honor recipients for 2009 were chosen by the American Cancer Society's National Awards Committee. The Medal of Honor, originally called the American Cancer Society Award, was first given in 1949.

About LIVESTRONG

At LIVESTRONG, we fight for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. There can be -- and should be -- life after cancer for more people. That's why we kick in at the moment of diagnosis, giving people the resources and support they need to fight cancer head-on. We find innovative ways to raise awareness, fund research and end the stigma about cancer that many survivors face. We connect people and communities to drive social change, and we call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease. Anyone anywhere can join our fight against cancer. Join us at www.LIVESTRONG.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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