SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation

Lance Armstrong Foundation

May 17, 2010 20:59 ET

LIVESTRONG® Responds to Appointment of Dr. Harold Varmus as Director of the National Cancer Institute

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Today, LIVESTRONG released the following statement from its President and CEO Doug Ulman, a three-time cancer survivor, on the appointment of Dr. Harold Varmus as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

"Today Harold Varmus was named director of the National Cancer Institute and we at LIVESTRONG applaud his selection. Dr. Varmus has devoted his life to the fight against cancer -- as a scientist, public servant and leader of one of our nation's premier cancer centers. As a Nobel laureate and former Director of the National Institutes of Health, his background and experience will strengthen the NCI's ability to fulfill President Obama's challenge to seek a 'cure for cancer in our time.' We look forward to a strong partnership between the cancer advocacy community, the scientific sector and federal leadership to reduce the toll taken by the world's leading cause of death."

Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG's mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information visit

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