LIVESTRONG Milestones

1996
On October 2, Lance Armstrong is diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer which spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. Lance declares himself a survivor—not a victim—and takes an active role in educating himself about his disease. Armed with knowledge, support and confidence in medicine he undergoes aggressive treatment and beats the disease.

1997
Lance establishes the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The Foundation hosts its inaugural fundraising cycling race.

1998
The Foundation awards its first research grant.

The Foundation hosts its inaugural fundraising gala.

1999
The Foundation establishes the Founder's Circle for donors who give $500,000 and more.

The Foundation establishes its grassroots fundraising initiative with 150 participants.

The Foundation announces a shift in focus to the field of survivorship.

2000
The Foundation funds cancer survivorship programs at Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth, TX, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Grants are awarded to cancer centers with survivorship programs offering a holistic approach to fighting cancer from first diagnosis through post-treatment planning.

2001
The Foundation awards its first community program grant to Wonders and Worries in Austin, Texas, a pilot program to help children cope when a parent has a chronic or life-threatening illness like cancer.

2002
The Foundation launches its community program to fund survivorship programs in Central Texas.

Lance is appointed to the presidents's Cancer Panel.

First Survivorship Program Guide created.

2003
The Foundation's community program expands nationwide and funds programs focused on physical activity, adolescents/young adults and survivorship education.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation Endowment is established.

LIVESTRONG.org is launched as an online resource for cancer survivors.

The Foundation receives a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address cancer survivorship in medically underserved populations.

2004
The Foundation launches LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare.

The LIVESTRONG wristband and Wear Yellow Live Strong campaign begin.

The Foundation's community program begins focus on palliative and end-of-life care programs and awards first multi-year grants.

The Foundation awards its first Young Investigator research grants.

The Foundation releases the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship with the CDC.

The Foundation hosts the inaugural Community Program Conference, Building a Community of Hope.

The Foundation receives a Four-Star Charity Navigator ranking, with more than 80 percent of LAF expenses invested in mission-related activities and grants.

The Foundation hosts its inaugural LIVESTRONG Day.

The LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebook is introduced.

The Foundation establishes its national partnerships program with other leading cancer organizations.

2005
The Foundation sells more than 55 million wristbands.

7,200 grassroots fundraisers raise more than $7 million for the Foundation.

The LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network is established with five centers and 15 community affiliates.

The Foundation hosts the LIVESTRONG Ride in Portland, a pilot event to test fundraising events on a national scale.

The Foundation hosts the LIVESTRONG Gala in New York City.

The Foundation reaches out to underserved populations through the Living After Cancer Treatment brochure series.

The LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance is established.

The Foundation awards $500,000 to assist survivors affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Patient Advocate Foundation becomes a LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare partner.

2006
The Foundation hosts the inaugural LIVESTRONG Summit, more than 600 delegates from across the country unite in Austin for three days to share inspiring stories and identify survivor needs in the fight against cancer.

Four additional populations are added to Living After Cancer Treatment brochure series.

The Foundation releases the report, Closing the Gap: Research and Care Imperatives for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute.

100 cancer advocates from all 50 states in Washington, D.C., and participants in more than 120 local events across the country, urge Congress to make funding for cancer research and programs a national priority on LIVESTRONG Day.

Launches the LIVESTRONG Challenge with runs, walks and rides in five cities across the nation.

EmergingMed becomes a LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare partner.

The Foundation partners with the YMCA of the USA to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA—free, readily accessible programs for survivors to find support and rebuild strength after treatment.

2007
The Foundation expands LIVESTRONG Day activities with 200 cancer advocates from all 50 states and more than 250 local LIVESTRONG Day events across the country.

Leads Texans to Cure Cancer efforts to mobilize communities across Texas to pass Proposition 15, a constitutional amendment up to $3 billion in state general revenue bonds to fund cancer research, prevention, early detection and control programs; Proposition 15 is the largest state-level investment in cancer research and prevention ever made.

Distributes more than 34,500 LIVESTRONG Survivorship Notebooks to cancer survivors.

Expands the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Survivorship clinic opens at the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin, Texas.

The Foundation publishes the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group Implementation Report and Action Plan.

LIVESTRONG Leader program starts.

Distributes more than 261,000 Living After Cancer Treatment brochures

Staff presents 10 oral sessions/posters and distributes information about the Foundation at more than 20 health care-related professional conferences.

Holds the first-ever LIVESTRONG presidential Cancer Forum, where six candidates from both parties pledge to renew the war on cancer and to make cancer a national priority.

2008
620 grassroots events are held across the country on LIVESTRONG Day.

Lance testifies before Senator Ted Kennedy's Senate Health Committee in support of comprehensive cancer legislation.

Lance joins the four past Surgeons General to announce a National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.

Second LIVESTRONG Summit held in Columbus, Ohio, including the LIVESTRONG presidential Town Hall on Cancer.

On a nationally televised event, Lance asks Senators McCain and Obama to name three specific things they would do to fight the disease. Both candidates respond. Both presidentsial candidates release cancer plans for the first time in history.

LIVESTRONG.org/español launches.

The LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign is announced at the Clinton Global Initiative.

2009
The Lance Armstrong Foundation begins going by the name LIVESTRONG.

Staff moves into LIVESTRONG HQ in East Austin.

LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign launches and travels around the world, from Australia to Mexico to Italy throughout the year.

The Campaign culminates in the landmark 2009 LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit, which brings together more than 500 world leaders, corporations, non-governmental organizations and advocates who are all working to reduce the burden of cancer in their own communities.

LIVESTRONG Guidebook is published.

LIVESTRONG merges with Fertile Hope and Planet Cancer.

2010
Cancer becomes leading cause of death around the world.

Nearly 350,000 votes are cast and awards are given to 60+ organizations with the first-ever LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

LIVESTRONG Global Anti-Stigma Campaign launches with a pilot campaign in South Africa through culturally relevant and targeted messaging.

Survivorship Centers of Excellence Network five-year goals achieved establishing survivorship as a component of care at network sites.

The LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center opens its doors in Austin, offering free one-on-one services to survivors, their family, friends and caregivers face-to-face. The Center is modeled in part on the patient navigation concept pioneered by board member Harold P. Freeman, MD.

More than 1,100 grassroots LIVESTRONG Day events are held in 65 countries.

LIVESTRONG and the American Cancer Society release the joint report, Global Economic Cost of Cancer, which shows that cancer has the most devastating economic impact of any cause of death in the world, costing the global economy nearly a trillion dollars a year.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA expands to now reaches survivors at more than 80 YMCAs in 40 cities.

Successful advocacy actions include passage of Smoke Free San Antonio, protection of federal cancer funding through One Voice Against Cancer Coalition and more than 400 new advocates are trained on how to share their cancer stories and raise awareness for LIVESTRONG.

Parade Magazine, circulation 74 million, dedicates an issue to cancer survivorship based on the LIVESTRONG Survey for Post Treatment Cancer Survivors launched in 2006. LIVESTRONG also launches How Cancer Has Impacted Your Life: A LIVESTRONG Survey.

Feedback is gathered from 10,000 individuals on electronic health information exchange and results are shared at ASCO, on LIVESTRONG.org, at the Biennial Survivorship Cancer Conference and by clinical oncology journals.

2011
For the first time in history, world leaders come together to tackle cancer and other non-communicable diseases at the UN Summit. 

The inaugural LIVESTRONG Assembly connects program partners to the donors who fund them, and individuals who make the Foundation’s work possible are recognized for their contributions.

First Team LIVESTRONG Challenge is held in Davis, California. Close to 1,500 riders share their stories. Participants raise $900,000 for LIVESTRONG support programs and advocacy efforts.

LIVESTRONG and Univision hold first telethon targeted at providing the guidance and/or solutions on topics that affect Austin area Hispanics.

LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center opens.

Navigate Cancer Foundation becomes a LIVESTRONG Foundation cancer navigation services partner.

The LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project distributes over $700,000 to 93 cancer care facilities to implement one of four proven cancer support programs including Camp Kesem, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, LIVESTRONG Promotores Training Program and Cancer Transitions.

2012
LIVESTRONG celebrates 15 years of fighting for cancer survivors.

LIVESTRONG surpasses the 2.5-million-people-served milestone by helping a record number of people in 2012 through free, one-on-one cancer support services.

LIVESTRONG raises $48 million to support programs that serve people affected by cancer.

LIVESTRONG participates in World Cancer Congress, announcing to 2,000 dignitaries in Montreal the Foundation’s $500,000 commitment and three-year joint initiative with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Ninety cancer care facilities receive funding through LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project to implement one of four cancer support programs: Pillars4Life, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, The Creative Center and The Joint Commissions Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.

A study in The Lancet Oncology projects that cancer incidence will rise 75% globally by 2030.

2013
The LIVESTRONG Fertile Hope program is rebranded as LIVESTRONG Fertility.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation joins the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum.

LIVESTRONG announces Survivorship Care Plan study to provide cancer survivors with the information they need to move on after treatment with an understanding of the potential effects and follow-up needs.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation receives $6.2 million from its partner, Movember, the global men's health charity, to expand its cancer support services and develop a male-specific program helping those affected by prostate and testicular cancer.

Central Health, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Shivers Cancer Foundation collaborated with public health consulting firm, Health Resources in Action (HRIA) to develop a white paper report and propositions to improve cancer care in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

LIVESTRONG expands its partnership with car2go, announcing the inaugural car2go Marathon Relay directly benefitting cancer survivors.

LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project distributes $1.2 million to 72 sites across the United States to develop proven cancer support programs including Camp Kesem, the Creative Center at University Settlement, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Palliative Care and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

2014
LIVESTRONG launches the inaugural Big C Competition, a one-of-a-kind competition to generate innovations and products to help improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer now.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation and Genentech co-develop Rev, a forum on treatment, advocacy and policy in cancer care in Washington, D.C. CEO Doug Ulman hosts and speaks at the event.

LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project recipients receive funding to implement one of three cancer support programs, including VitalHearts, The Shutterbugs Pediatric Photography Program and Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program.

LIVESTRONG receives $6.8 million from the Movember foundation to expand its existing programs and services targeted for men affected by testicular and prostate cancer.


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