February 13, 2013 13:24 ET

LIVESTRONG Foundation Appoints New Board Members

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Feb 13, 2013) - Today, the LIVESTRONG Foundation announced the appointments of Candice Toll Aaron and Jeremiah Robins to its Board of Directors, as well as the election of the 2013 executive committee officers. 

"We're proud to welcome our new directors," said LIVESTRONG Foundation Chairman Jeff Garvey. "Candice and Jere have a deep devotion to serving people affected by cancer, as well as a wealth of experience that will be vital to the Foundation in the years ahead. We're grateful for their service and look forward to their guidance in strengthening and expanding the LIVESTRONG Foundation's mission."

Aaron is a survivor of papillary thyroid cancer, a founding member and current chair of the LIVESTRONG Young Leader's Cancer Council and a member of the LIVESTRONG Foundation's President's Circle. Aaron is a lawyer with significant experience in corporate governance and currently serves as a compliance leader at GE Capital. Before joining GE, she practiced law in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware at the law firm Saul Ewing, LLP, where she was a partner chairing several management committees. The Michigan native reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2006, the same year as her cancer diagnosis. She graduated from the University of Michigan and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

"I am honored to join the LIVESTRONG Foundation's esteemed Board of Directors and deepen my engagement with this organization whose mission is so vital to the cancer community," said Aaron. "As a young adult cancer survivor, I have a special appreciation for the Foundation's leadership on behalf of this population and look forward to improving access to its free support services for fellow survivors."

Robins, who lost his first wife Stephanie to cancer, has a long-standing devotion to philanthropic causes. He is the chairman and CEO of Great Pond Management Company, LLC (GPMC), a U.S.-based private equity firm specializing in the acquisition and redevelopment of underperforming manufacturing companies. In addition to his work there, Robins is chairman and CEO of Rotation Dynamics Corporation, a multinational manufacturer of consumables. He splits his time between San Diego and Shanghai with his wife, Cassidy, and their twins. 

"Like so many Americans, my life was profoundly impacted by cancer," said Robins. "It's an honor to join the LIVESTRONG Foundation, an organization I have admired for many years for its service to cancer patients and survivors. I'm looking forward to contributing to the great work of this Foundation and helping to steer a strong course in the years ahead."

Garvey will lead the executive committee officers in 2013, supported by Mike Sherwin, vice chairman; Dr. Amelie Ramirez, treasurer; and Blaine Rollins, secretary. Dr. David Johnson and Joe Aragona were also elected as members of the executive committee.

LIVESTRONG Foundation Facts

  • Has raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors and served 2.5 million people affected by cancer
  • Has invested 82 percent of each dollar raised directly in programs, initiatives and advocacy efforts that support people affected by cancer. (The industry average is 75 percent.)
  • Is recognized as one of the most highly-rated cancer non-profit organizations in the U.S.
    • Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity seal holder
    • Completed National Health Council's Standards of Excellence Certification Program 
    • Rated four out of four stars by Charity Navigator
    • A- -rating by American Institute of Philanthropy
    • Ranked as one of the top three cancer organizations by Philanthropedia.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top cancer non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and has been recognized by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit

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