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June 29, 2011 08:00 ET

LIVESTRONG® Hails $1.5 Million in Donations From Larry O'Reilly Family Fund

The Cancer Survivorship Foundation Celebrates Steady Rise in Fundraising and New Donors

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2011) - The family of Larry & Dr. Nancy O'Reilly have announced their ongoing support of LIVESTRONG®, committing an additional endowment of $170,000 to the Larry & Dr. Nancy O'Reilly, Lauren, Leigh, Ragan Family Fund. This additional investment in the cancer survivorship-focused foundation brings the family's overall contribution to $1.5 million, including endowed funds and donations collected through grassroots fundraising efforts. The new gift will fund survivorship programs and patient navigation services provided by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, created in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action.

"The O'Reilly family has been a tremendous ally in the fight against cancer for many years," said Phil Hills, LIVESTRONG executive vice president. "Their unwavering support and generous contributions make a direct, positive impact on the lives of cancer survivors and their families nationwide."

"The O'Reilly family is proud to support the pioneering work of LIVESTRONG as it serves people and families affected by cancer," said Larry O'Reilly, co-chairman of O'Reilly Auto Parts. "The foundation reminds the world on a daily basis that the fight against cancer doesn't just happen in a lab. It happens in homes all over America as our neighbors, colleagues and loved ones struggle with this disease. The foundation's free financial, emotional and practical services for cancer survivors are an incredible innovation and help families face a cancer diagnosis with the support they deserve."

Larry and Dr. Nancy O'Reilly, along with their three daughters, Lauren, Leigh and Ragan, are life-long philanthropists and supporters of the LIVESTRONG mission. With the loss of his mother to breast cancer, as well as two close friends to the disease, O'Reilly's role in the fight against cancer became a personal one. Seeking to contribute more than direct financial support, O'Reilly focused on the growth and long-term sustainability of LIVESTRONG through his direct advisement and development of the Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment. A member of the board of trustees for the endowment, O'Reilly's passion for the work extends beyond his leadership role at the foundation, inspiring others to join him in his support of LIVESTRONG's survivor-centered programs through personal grassroots fundraising efforts.

In 2007, O'Reilly embarked on a solo, 4,400-mile cycling trip across the United States. Collecting pledges from his supporters, he departed from the Oregon coast and arrived in Yorktown, Va. 72 days later. With this personal dream accomplished, O'Reilly chose to raise additional funds by taking to his bike once again. In 2009, he traversed the Continental Divide Trail on his mountain bike, riding north to south along the Rocky Mountains. Motivated by pledges of support along the way, O'Reilly passed through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico in 52 days, and raised more than $17,000 for LIVESTRONG.

The O'Reilly family's contributions to LIVESTRONG have been heartfelt and significant. After Hurricane Katrina, O'Reilly and his wife sponsored and participated in a Habitat for Humanity opportunity for the LIVESTRONG staff to build a home for a cancer survivor in New Orleans. The family fund's newly-committed gift of $170,000 will provide long-term support for cancer programs and initiatives in communities across the United States such as the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project, LIVESTRONG at School and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. It will also fund the foundation's ongoing navigation services which help people and families affected by cancer overcome the financial, emotional and practical challenges that often accompany a diagnosis.

Donor support is integral to the sustainability of LIVESTRONG programs, and has a direct impact on the people these programs serve. Since its inception in 1997, the organization has raised more than $400 million for the fight against cancer, offering support programs and services for cancer survivors worldwide. Since the creation of its navigation services in 2004, it has served 55,000 people with insurance, financial and emotional concerns related to cancer and helped save them $5.5 million in costs. Despite difficult economic times and high unemployment rates, LIVESTRONG's fundraising growth is consistent, outpacing the national average in both 2009 and 2010, and shows an increase in new donors year-to-date from 2010 to 2011.

AboutLarry O'Reilly
Larry O'Reilly is the co-chairman of O'Reilly Auto Parts' Board of Directors and sits on the board of trustees for the Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment. In addition, O'Reilly is the Chairman of the Board for St. John's Regional Health Center (home to the C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center) in Springfield, Mo. and is active with the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In 1992 O'Reilly won the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year.

About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised more than $400 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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