LIVESTRONG.org (Lance Armstrong Foundation) (Multiple Cancers)

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Headquarters Location: Austin, TX
Founded: 1997


Mission: Our mission is to inspire and empower people with cancer to live strong. We serve our mission through education, advocacy, public health and research programs

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Story: At age 25, Lance Armstrong was one of the world's best cyclists. He proved it by winning the World Championships, the Tour Du Pont and multiple Tour de France stages. Lance Armstrong seemed invincible and his future was bright. Then… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
The LIVESTRONG Foundation has been influential in raising awareness about all types of cancer and reducing the stigma that survivors sometimes face.
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Leadership
Livestrong-org-lance-armstrong-foundation-multiple-cancers Doug Ulman. In his role as President and Chief Executive Officer Doug is ultimately responsible for the strategic vision and direction of LIVESTRONG. Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor and nationally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma and malignant melanoma twice during his sophomore year in college, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit… See full bio.


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Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 3stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$41,770,001


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
livestrong AT LIVESTRONG.org
Phone:
877-236-8820      
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Address:
2201 East 6th
 
Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Livestrong-org-lance-armstrong-foundation-multiple-cancers Story: At age 25, Lance Armstrong was one of the world's best cyclists. He proved it by winning the World Championships, the Tour Du Pont and multiple Tour de France stages. Lance Armstrong seemed invincible and his future was bright. Then they told him he had cancer. Next to the challenge he now faced, bike racing seemed insignificant. The diagnosis was testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men aged 15–35. If detected early, its cure rate is a promising 90 percent. Like most young, healthy men, Lance ignored the warning signs, and he never imagined the seriousness of his condition. Going untreated, the cancer had spread to Lance's abdomen, lungs and brain. His chances dimmed. Then a combination of physical conditioning, a strong support system and competitive spirit took over. He declared himself not a cancer victim but a cancer survivor. He took an active role in educating himself about his disease and the treatment. Armed with knowledge and confidence in medicine, he underwent aggressive treatment and beat the disease. During his treatment, before his recovery, before he even knew his own fate, he created the Lance Armstrong Foundation. This marked the beginning of Lance's life as an advocate for people living with cancer and a world representative for the cancer community. Lance Armstrong's victories in the 1999–2005 Tours de France are awe-inspiring, but the battle against cancer has just begun—not just for him, but for all cancer survivors and people just like him who think cancer could not affect them. He plans to lead this fight, and he hopes that you join him. This is a life he owes to cancer. This is his choice to LIVESTRONG.

Expert Reviews of LIVESTRONG.org (Lance Armstrong Foundation) (Multiple Cancers)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

The LIVESTRONG Foundation has been influential in raising awareness about all types of cancer and reducing the stigma that survivors sometimes face.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

According to experts, this organization's major strengths are its dedicated and intelligent leadership and staff and its strategic use of partnerships and collaborations.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts have stated that this organization could benefit from more staff members to incrase its capacity and from more willingness to assist other cancer agencies.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Raising Awareness

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By creating awareness of the millions of individuals living with and surviving cancer, Livestrong has destigmatized cancer in a way no other organization has done.
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It is difficult to undervalue the impact that LiveStrong has had on cancer awareness and advocacy.
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They have raised public awareness.

Good Diversity of Issues

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It is good that they focus on the young adult population.
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LAF has done an incredible job of putting a "new" face to cancer advocacy. The work they do with survivors, especially younger people has opened a new door to cancer research advocacy for many, especially younger males. Livestrong has become a venue where those affected by multiple types of cancer have found a home. They have helped to bring other cancers to the same level as breast cancer.

Strong Cancer Survival Programs

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They are the world's leader in cancer survival programming in all cancers.

Fill Gaps in Research

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They have had an impact by strategically addressing gaps and then moving their dollars to those areas to address the needs: eg youth and fertility.

Good Influence on the Government

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They have relatively low administrative costs and intelligent distribution of research and clinical care funds, popular public support. This is an energetic, creative organization that has real public appeal. The Foundation collaborates with government agencies to get the work done.

Engage & Support Cancer Survivors

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This is one of the biggest and most important support foundations for cancer survivors that is not disease-specific, as far as I know.
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Successful organization in bringing the survivors into the war on cancer. Who better to understand than those who have been through it. Having Lance Armstrong has certainly provided Livestrong the opening to publicity for the foundation by having the powerful face of a survivor, and the good work they do. It has also enabled them to be strong advocates for clinical trials and research.
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Raising Awareness


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Great Marketing

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Their strength is in their marketing and reach.

Strong Collaborations

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Livestong aggressively seeks out opportunities to work with other cancer organizations to increase the impact that can be made on the disease. Livestrong works in many strategic areas to address cancer - research, patient support, advocacy, etc., - yet they maintain a sharp focus - to improve the quality of life of all who experience cancer.
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Doug Ulman has been incredible not only as a voice for young adults with cancer, but for guiding Livestrong to understand and become a science based organization as well as an advocacy organization. Obviously their marketing collaboration with Nike set them apart from any other non-breast-cancer group as far as visibility.

Innovative Leadership and Staff

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Their leadership, board of directors, and staff create a strong culture and reputation.
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They have a young staff that is able to think out of box.

Great Visibility

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Visibility of survivorship.

Great Internal Organization

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They have excellent organizational strengths, and Lance Armstrong himself is a good role model.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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More Staff

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Whether it be with more paid staff or by further mobilizing volunteers, Livestrong could increase its impact with more people working on their mission. Having experts on staff who are able to comment on current research and bring knowledge of current cancer science trends to collaborative efforts would enhance Livestrong's impact.

Advertising Strategy

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Lance Armstrong's somewhat tarnished image with recent allegations of doping and his appearance in commercials for alcohol significantly hurt the image. I think the Livestrong name is strong enough that they no longer need him to be in every image and campaign.

More Support to Other Organizations

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They could be more generous in supporting efforts of smaller, innovative cancer organizations and help build them.

More Openness to New Ideas

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They should be more open to new ideas.

More Impact on Policy Level

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They have certainly raised "awareness." I'm not sure how much actual benefit they provide individual patients, and they do not have much impact at a policy level.

Do More in Pediatric Area

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They do not do as much for pediatric oncology, which is my area, and a childhood survivor may live for many decades, so I think they could/should do more in this area.


Leadership

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Doug Ulman
President and CEO
In his role as President and Chief Executive Officer Doug is ultimately responsible for the strategic vision and direction of LIVESTRONG. Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor and nationally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma and malignant melanoma twice during his sophomore year in college, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit organization to provide support, education, and resources to young adults, their families and friends who are affected by cancer. He served as Executive Director of the Ulman Cancer Fund for four years before joining LIVESTRONG as director of survivorship in 2001. Doug has received numerous awards for his leadership and community service. In 2002, Doug was selected from more than 20,000 individuals to appear on more than 15 million boxes of Wheaties Energy Crunch as an American Everyday Hero. In 2003, Doug was selected as the Austin Under-40 award winner in the healthcare category. In 2005, Doug was honored by both the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the Association of Oncology Social Workers. Most recently Doug was named to the Non-Profit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for 2009, an honor bestowed to the top 50 Non-profit executives. A frequent guest and contributor on national and local media programs, Doug has been featured on CNN, ABC News, NBC Nightly News, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post among many other outlets. Doug also speaks frequently to corporations, civic organizations, schools and Universities covering topics including cancer, philanthropy, grassroots movements, social change, and social media. Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions across the country and he just completed serving a four-year term as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director's Consumer Liaison Group. He also sits on the executive board of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and is a founder of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance among many other board and advisory roles. Following his three cancer diagnoses, Doug returned to the soccer field and helped Brown University to three Ivy League Championships in four years. He has participated in many marathons, including a 100-mile marathon in the Himalayan Mountains, the New York City and Boston marathons.

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