27 June 2010 A Modern Day Hero When you think about heroes, you normally think of military, police, and firemen. They are all truly heroes. They posses all the heroic qualities that we associate with being a hero. But there are other heroes among us. You and I see them every day of our lives; they are our doctors, school teachers, humanitarians, and athletes. And one of those heroes, I think is Lance Armstrong. So to me Lance Armstrong has a lot of heroic qualities, for instances Courage, loyalty, and kindness. Everyone has the opportunity to be a hero.
In the following paragraphs are the reasons why Lance Armstrong is a hero. In October 2, 1996 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. This also spread to his lungs, and his brain. (Fitch, 161) He decided “to forego the traditional treatment for brain tumors, which is radiation” (Encyclopedia of World Biography), because of the side effects that he could get from the radiation. He was given almost no chance of recovery. Lance Armstrong battled back against the cancer, and five months later, in February 1997, he was declared cancer free. That same year he formed the “Lance Armstrong Foundation”, to help cancer survivors.
In the pasted twelve years since the start of the foundation it has raised “more than three hundred and ten million dollars” (Szabo, 8B) for educating people, for advocacy, Public health, and cancer research. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has “given money to more than five hundred and fifth organizations for research and support to people affected by cancer. ”(Friedall, 2C) By using Twitter Lance Armstrong stays in close contact with survivors of cancer. He inspires everyone who has cancer, who had cancer, and everyone who knows or knew someone who has or had cancer.
He checks messages whenever he can get a chance to, “which hundreds pour in daily” (Szabo, 8B) Lance Armstrong also spends a lot of his time sending personalized messages to people. “It’s like a family; Armstrong says “I can relate to what they’re going through. ”” (Szabo, 8B) By doing this he is showing his loyalty to everyone that has cancer or had cancer, even if he does not know them on a personal level. And in 2004, Drug week reported that “The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) has announced a 5-year, $500,000 gift to the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) to establish the Lance Armstrong Foundation Survivorship Center at the Institute. (100) Kindness is something that is not around a lot these days; everyone is usually busy, busy, and busy with whatever they are doing. Lance Armstrong has a bunch of kindness to go around. For instance he was doing some biking riding up in Colorado when he ran into a couple who has a family member with cancer. Once Armstrong was done talking to them and took a picture of the three of them, he posted it on Twitter with the caption, “Go Mrs. Greene. ”(Szabo, 8B) The wife of the couple is a cancer survivor. That shows that he has a lot of kindness to people he does not even know.
Everyday we see heroes, and Lance Armstrong is differently one of those heroes. He has the courage to keep fighting the fight against cancer right alongside the rest of the people in the world who have cancer. He has the loyalty to take time out of his busy day to respond to message that he gets from cancer survivors. And the kindness to stop and talk to people that have been touched by cancer in some way or another, and give some encouragement to people that have cancer. Works Cited Fitch, Katherine,(2001,January) “It’s Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. ” School Library
Journal, 47(1) 161 Friedell, Dan “Armstrong takes aim at cancer in Return”, USA Today, September 25, 2008, Final edition, Pg. 2C “Lance Armstrong Biography ” Encyclopedia of World Biography Web 19 June 2010. http://www. notablebiographies. com Szabo, Liz “Armstrong’s ultimate kick; Cycling champ embraces technology to end cancer stigma across Globe” USA Today, August 24, 2009 First edition, pg. 8B Katherine Fitch. (2001, January). It’s Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. School Library Journal, 47(1), 161. Retrieved June 27, 2010, from Research Library.