Anti-doping controversy prevents Lance Armstrong from participating in nonprofit fundraiser
September 12, 2012
Lance Armstrong's recent decision to stop fighting illegal doping allegations from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has stripped him of more than his seven Tour de France titles. After Armstrong made the announcement that he would stop campaigning to get the charges against him dropped, he was informed that participation in future events supported by the World Anti-Doping Code would be barred, according to USA Today.
Armstrong was expected to participate in the upcoming Chicago Marathon to raise money for the Livestrong Foundation, which helps cancer patients receive diagnoses and treatments.
"Lance has helped the foundation raise nearly $500 million for the fight against cancer," said Livestrong CEO Doug Ulman, as reported by the source. "It's frustrating and unfortunate that this decision could affect the foundation's grassroots fundraising efforts. Team LIVESTRONG participants raise money to fuel the Lance Armstrong Foundation's free services for cancer survivors."
However, this news has not changed the fact that 250 runners will still be able to participate in the race on behalf of the Livestrong Foundation to receive funds, a spokesperson from the race told USA Today.
Foundations that are subject to changes in their fundraising efforts can use a fund accounting
program to track incoming donations and accurately distribute money in a way that bolsters future sustainability.