January 15th, 2013
12:03 PM ET

Livestrong board member: Devastated but hopeful

A member of the board of Livestrong, the cancer foundation founded by Lance Armstrong, said Tuesday he felt betrayed by the doping controversy that has engulfed the cycling star but hopeful that Armstrong can emerge from it and do more good for cancer sufferers.

"It's been devastating," Livestrong board member Mark McKinnon said on CNN's "Early Start."

"But I'm glad Lance is coming forward," he told CNN's John Berman, referring to Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he's said  to have acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs.

McKinnon said an admission would be a good starting point for Armstrong to continue helping the foundation.

“I think he’s got a lot of apologies, I think he’s got to crawl over a lot of broken glass … but the one thing they can’t take away from him is his cancer survivorship," McKinnon said.

"That story gives great hope to millions of people," said McKinnon. "There’s a lot of good work he can continue to do there if he’s willing to sacrifice and make clear that he’s sacrificing for the cause, that he’s willing to serve a cause greater than himself."

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  1. Portland tony

    If Lance has been a NASCAR driver, this wouldn't be NEWS. He's a friggin' cyclist. Rides a bicycle up and down hills. Certainly, he has done some bad...but he's done good too! He's a professional entertainer after all.

    January 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A nerd was walking down the sidewalk one day when his friend, another nerd, rode up on an incredible shiny new bicycle.

    The first nerd was stunned by his friend's sweet ride and asked, "WOW! Where did you get such a nice bike?"

    The second nerd replied, "Well, yesterday I was walking home, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up to me on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, 'Take what you want!'"

    The second nerd nodded approvingly, "Good choice. The clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

    January 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A very devout cyclist dies and goes to heaven. Saint Peter meets him at the gate. First thing the cyclist askes is if there are bicycles in heaven.

    "Sure," says St. Peter, "let me show you," and he leads the guy into the finest Velodrome you can imagine.

    "This is great," the cyclist says.

    "It certainly is," says St. Peter. "You will have a custom bike and the best cycling clothes you've ever seen, and your personal masseuse will always available."

    As they speak a blur streaks by them on the boards riding a gold plated bike.

    "Wow!" the cyclist exclaims. "That guy was so fast that can only be Lance Armstrong!"

    "No," says St. Peter, "that was God on the bike, he only thinks he's Lance".

    January 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. davidwCNN


    January 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • um

      color me impressed! How did you manage that???????

      January 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bankrupt 1

    lots of people survived cancer. doesn't mean we can threaten people, wreck people's lives, make money off of sick people. be a front org. get people to call congress to help the industries, not the patients. defraud people. etc.

    January 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gary wolf

    Liar, bully, thief, arrogant creep. Burn, baby, burn. Any person who would believe the self-serving portions of his confession needs help. The doping was the least of his sins. He abused innocent people with baseless, fraudulent lawsuits. He acted like a little mafia don. May he never compete again. That will torture this sick, evil, little man. Quite the role model for his three children. 'Gee, daddy, the kids at school say....' OMG. A slow death. Well deserved.

    January 18, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kenneth Tennant

    His motive is a run for CONgress. It's only fitting that he get with like-minded...he lies like a congressman / politician / lawyer

    January 19, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. muhfuh

    ...and what about Livestrong board member Sanjay Gupta, duped by Armstrong in a 2009 CNN interview into peddling the myth LA's Tour victories were clean wins implicitly attributable to a heart that pumps nine gallons of unmanipulated blood per minute while ours are pumping five.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |